What does it mean to be human?

Human footprint in sand

The Prem Rawat Foundation asks this question in its video release to mark the 2014 International Day of Peace. It’s just there in the flow of the narrative.  What does it mean to be human? Sometimes, the questions we ask, are the most significant thing.  Some questions create new realities.  They lead to discoveries we didn’t imagine before.  So, what does…

The Peace Advocacy of Martin Luther King (Part 4 of 4)

Every nation - Martin Luther King Jnr Memorial Washington D.C.

To appreciate Martin Luther King’s thoughts on peace, we must understand his thoughts about the relationship between human beings. He saw all human beings as caught “in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.” He expands on this thought in his 1964 speech, “The American Dream”. All I’m saying is simply this, that all life…

Martin Luther King and Non-violence (Part 3 of 4)

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Martin Luther King thought deeply about the best methods to use to overcome the injustices facing African Americans. This in itself is an important observation. It is appropriate for us in the 21st century to also think deeply about questions of method. His speeches frequently describe and defend nonviolence as the method he felt was both effective and moral for…

Martin Luther King Jr. – What role did Christianity play in his civil rights advocacy? (Part 2 of 4)

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Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta Georgia, the second son of Martin Luther King Sr. and Alberta Williams King. Martin Luther King Jr. was by vocation a Baptist minister. He was in the fourth generation of his family to take up this vocation. It is impossible to fully appreciate Martin Luther King’s work without understanding the role that…

Try finding peace

Looking for peace

The world seems to be searching for peace at the moment; but seems to be having a hard time finding it.  At least, this is what you may come to believe if you follow the news.  Maybe we’re looking in the wrong places. Have you every tried to search for “peace” news?  Scan either the Google or Bing news feed…

The Hundred-Foot Journey

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The Hundred Foot Journey, plays out against a physically short distance, yet the distance that keeps the people involved apart, is vast. The movie tells the story of a meeting between two cooking cultures:  Indian and French. Both are proud of their cooking traditions. An Indian family, displaced some time before to England by political violence in their home country,…

Crossing Over: does immigration policy discriminate?

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Does immigration policy discriminate?  The White Australia policy is gone – so we might conclude that it doesn’t.  And indeed Australia would be unrecognisable to those who created the White Australia policy at the end of the 19th century. Times change and such racist practices are now a condemned part of the past. Today Australia celebrates the diversity and strength…