Our Future History – How the Earth Made Peace
link to Introduction - The Interfaith Movement and World Peace
link to Part One - Cultural Defense Mechanisms
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Part Two – Conserving Cultural Diversity
Today we understand that a key component of disarming cultural defense mechanisms is to first ensure the cultural identities and diversities of all people are conserved.
Each person is the best conservator of their personal religious experiences and beliefs; respect for our mutual cultural diversity makes it easier to examine our mutual cultural heritage to find common ground.
Each culture’s particular qualities are always worth preserving, they are each a beautiful evocative heritage that speaks volumes to all open human hearts and minds regardless of their native faiths or personal beliefs.
When we agree that the mutual conservation of our cultural heritage is a mutual goal we enable a healthier process for peace because we address a root fear held by every person, the fear that the heritage we each most value and rely upon in our times of spiritual need or crisis may be threatened by competing foreign cultures and ideas.
What we love always remains eternal in our hearts, beyond the vagaries of changes in the material world. Each person knows this at the deepest root levels of their being.
The eternal strength of our hearts to nurture and preserve everything we love is part of the foundation of every person’s faith, a knowledge each person individually holds in common with whatever Divinities we each may worship.
Our diversity cannot be destroyed if we agree to conserve it together.
It is that simple.
The successful conservator-ship of our various religious scriptures and doctrines has often broken down in the past as internal factions arose who interpreted our holy scriptures and responsibilities in ways that may sometimes have conflicted with whatever more well-established interpretations of their scriptures or doctrines were prevalent in their times.
The validation and acceptance of all factionalism is an important part of our roles as mutual conservators of our collective spiritual heritage.
Validating a faction is a process that most cultural auto-immune systems are hostile to.
Factionalism diverts people and their resources away from the parent religion they may splinter away from.
Factionalism may lead to defensive and aggressive postures on all sides that consume energy and often injure human lives in a war for cultural dominance.
Consequently factionalism was once put down; sometimes factionalism was put down very harshly, with torture, murder, or war.
However, all factionalism also leads to new growth, new development, and new strength. In the end both parties may come away with stronger, clearer senses of their identities and unity.
Factionalism is a revitalizing process.
Our children are always prone to draw themselves apart from us.
Factions often compete for our children’s interests, making our children study harder, think deeper, and learn to choose for themselves.
This is the most important thing of all for our children to learn, not what they choose to believe, but that they are free to learn to choose for themselves.
We cannot allow our doctrines of cultural conservation to dominate our children’s minds and alienate them by denying them access to choices, even choices of what they wish to believe about their individual relationships with the Divine.
We must let go of our children with love and respect for their powers to make choices for themselves.
What we love we must always let go of, to cling is to sicken both the lover and the beloved.
If we are loved, our loves will return.
It is by our love, not our cultural domination that we must most appeal to our children and all of our brothers and sisters in our world.
Conserving our cultural diversity becomes a duty not only to ourselves, but a duty we serve on behalf of all others as well.
It is our collective duty to our children and to all of their hopes and dreams.
As our ancestors aligned themselves to become more peaceful people, the growth in peace in each of their hearts was discovered reflected in the peace they found in the hearts of each other person they would meet upon the path to peace.
Our ancestors did not need to abandon our cultures or to defend them to align themselves to a common purpose, world peace.
To achieve world peace, our ancestors learned that world peace must inherently provide for all people’s security, including the security of their cultures, traditions, and religions.
This became the mission of conserving cultural diversity, to ensure the security of every person on Earth with respect to their heritage and their cultural identities, regardless of how they may choose to define these treasures to themselves or to anyone else.
Cultural diversity will always remain on of the most important treasures of all people.
Our ancestors learned that, just like natural resources, our cultural heritage belonged to every person on Earth collectively. Our ancestors learned that their collective cultural heritage empowered them to go beyond the limits of their differences and build a lasting world peace.
Together, as a whole, the synergistic sum of our holiest scriptures turned out to bear greater scope, greater detail, and a greater capacity to connect each of us directly with the Divine than any of them might have been able to accomplish individually.
All spiritual paths have this power, the power to connect us to our Divines; however, the collective power of all of our individual paths together becomes synergistically greater than the simple sum of their member parts.
Diversity is a treasure to be respected, but the greatest value of this treasure is in our sharing.
When we share our diversity free of our cultural auto-immune systems’ reactive behavior we enrich ourselves and we enrich our friends.
When we share our diversity free of fear we create greater mutual understanding and respect.
Sharing our diversity increases our wealth; sharing our diversity never, ever diminishes us.
Our ancestors learned to share their diversity with confidence and joy once they began to deprogram some of the worst of their cultural auto-immune defense mechanisms.
Our ancestors learned to value their diversity when the shadow of fear was lifted from them by their mutual agreement to conserve cultural diversity for all people, each sharing responsibility for conservator-ship, each benefiting from the wealth of wisdom to be learned from each other.
Conservation of cultural diversity gave each person the security to learn to mediate their own reactive root cultural defense mechanisms to pave the way for the road to World Peace.
To be continued...