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Love Knows No Color, Creed or Race
When I think of world peace I think of the importance of embracing diversity with an open mind, and it brings memories of my late 18 year old nephew Omar, whose Dad is Arab and a Muslim. Omar was your typical American teenager who lived in a Jewish area in New York.
After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, he pondered whether he should change his name to an American sounding one as he was planning to become a medical doctor, and was concerned it would "label" him with stereotypes, as we do live in a prejudiced world. His Mom (my sister) let him make the decision on his own, and after much reflection, he realized he had an obligation to not contribute to the mass consciousness of prejudice and fear, and carry on his name with pride.
Having had the experience of being friends with people from various races, and cultures in the world, and having diversity in my family through marriage; my older nephew's wife is from Thailand and a Buddhist, while he is half Philippine and an American Catholic, I learned long ago, that yes, there may be some cultural differences, which can be intriguing, such as music, food, and faith, but deep at the core of our beings, we are all the same.
I am originally from Colombia, S.A., and no, I do not run around with drug lords and terrorize foreigners by kidnapping them into the Amazon jungle, (I don't like bugs anyway, and much less if they are the gigantic monsters that thrive in the jungle); I am an average woman, with a deep spiritual focus who shares a life with an American man who speaks very little Spanish, that is unless you consider adding an "o" to the end of every sentence, as being "Spanish", which my s/o likes to do for fun. :)
We are all children of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars, we all yearn for love, we all have our dreams, our fears as we journey through life, we all experience the ups and downs that the duality of life gives each and every one of us.
We all shed tears that trickle down our faces when we experience loss; we all rejoice when something wonderful happens and we all feel pain or bleed should something happen to our physical bodies.
Our human similarities surpasses our cultural differences. Love has no color, creed or race; when we die and shed our body, all that is left is our limitless spirit. I personally feel that Creation has designed diversity for our growth, our experience and opportunity to see with the eyes of love, and not fear or judgment which is what closes the mind and heart, and distorts our perception of the world around us.
I feel blessed we now have the Internet to connect with the click of a mouse to others around the world, what an opportunity to grow more and more in understanding! Just being a member of the Hubpages community is an experience that enriches me.
I salute each and every culture in the world, each race; the spirit that is in you is also in me.
Hubbing for peace- Hubs across the world unite for peace link in the HubPages forum's hangout.
AMAZING PEACE by Maya Angelou
In our joy, we think we hear a whisper.
At first it is too soft. Then only half heard.
We listen carefully as it gathers strength.
We hear a sweetness.
The word is Peace.
It is loud now.
Louder than the explosion of bombs.
We tremble at the sound.
We are thrilled by its presence.
It is what we have hungered for.
Not just the absence of war. But true Peace.
A harmony of spirit, and comfort of courtesies.
Security for our beloveds and their beloveds.
We, Angels and Mortals, Believers and Nonbelievers,
Look heavenward and speak the word aloud.
Peace. We look at each other, then into ourselves,
And we say without shyness or apology or hesitation:
Peace, My Brother.
Peace, My Sister.
Peace, My Soul.