When national states and religious institutions becomes tools of division among our sisters and brothers in this world, they have become idols and have lost their right to exist.
Those who identify themselves as either Jews , Muslems, Christians, Israelis, Palestinians, or Americans are first of all human beings, part of one family on this good Earth. No religious or national identity is primary; our common humanity and our being part of the living web of the Earth is always first. A 'god' that divides is no god and ought to die--the death of that god reveals the Source of all life, love, and being.
We are one world, one living planet in an interrelated and interdependent cosmos. Only that vision will cure the sickness of alienation and separation that threatens us all
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A new study explores how certain personality traits affect individuals' attitudes on obesity in others.
- The study compared personality traits and obesity views among more than 3,000 mothers.
- The results showed that the personality traits neuroticism and extraversion are linked to more negative views and behaviors related to obesity.
- People who scored high in conscientiousness are more likely to experience "fat phobia.
Meanwhile, Spaniards are the least likely to say their culture is superior to others.
- Survey by Pew Research Center shows great variation in chauvinism across Europe.
- Eight most chauvinist countries are in the east, and include Russia.
- British much more likely than French (and slightly more likely than Germans) to say their culture is "superior" to others.
The history of the Geneva Conventions tells us how the international community draws the line on brutality.
- Henry Dunant's work led to the Red Cross and conventions on treating prisoners humanely.
- Four Geneva Conventions defined the rules for prisoners of war, torture, naval and medical personnel and more.
- Amendments to the agreements reflect the modern world but have not been ratified by all countries.
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