Hate creates hate and ruins life

Copy of letter from July 2007

We are all born friends. Yet, many people are made enemies as a result of many factors, actors, beliefs and prejudices. Some people hate other people, other groups and other races because the family or group they grew up in, has done so for many years. 

Hate often leads to conflicts, violence and wars that could be avoided if dialogue existed or the willingness to get to really know the “other side”. 

If you are filled with hate, your ability to enjoy life will be greatly reduced and your children and family will suffer too. Sadly enough, it is the only life you have. Unless you believe in reincarnation, but still.  

Why do you feel hate? Did the other side not treat you right? Is it imposing rules you think are wrong? Or do you hate other people because you were told to do so out of tradition? Because they are of another race, culture or religion? Or have a different political or economic system? Have you actually ever met them? Spoken to them? Maybe they are not that different as you might think.

We are in favour of a multi-coloured and multi-cultural world. The more colours and cultures, the richer we feel. Our faith is our religion. Our religion our faith. We are not linked to any religion in particular or any political party. The economic system we would like, has not been invented yet.

Common ground 

We have friends all over the world. From New Zealand and Egypt to China and Argentina. We did our best to get to know each other. And to respect each other. We became friends because we accepted our differences and found out that we have a lot in common. Like the need for peace and happiness. We exchanged hundreds of emails with those friends about the subjects that matter to us and to this world. Some of the friends were very open indeed. Some said they had never been so open to anyone else even though they had another culture or religion. We found a lot of common ground. It helped a lot to understand what lives among ordinary people.

We want this world to change. There is too much waste of life and too much destruction. It seems madness (because of experiences we had, very much so). Madness not worthy of an advanced civilization. We want a world of regained sanity and peace.

Faith in goodness

With our friends, we dealt with material issues. But also with immaterial ones, like faith and happiness. The immaterial ones are in our minds more important than the material ones. They – mostly invisibly – impact the way we deal with our lives and that of those around us. The right attitude can make those lives more agreeable to live. Hate for any reason makes those lives very much poorer and even upsets the chemical balance of the brain and body – negatively affecting health.

Religion is a very delicate topic indeed. But our friends were open enough to discuss it. They confided in us. We promised to keep their names confidential.

Many different religions exist and sometimes compete for the favour of followers. After the experience we had, to us no single religion is superior or inferior. In essence, religions are the same. They are different ways to worship an Upper Being that has different names. We define it as MPTA or the “Undefinable of Peace and Happiness”. Even a genius like Einstein recognized the power of that Upper Being as being above religions.

We get along well with Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Jews… Why? Because we respect them. And they respect us. We are open-minded and enjoy differences in culture. Some of the friends suggested that we put our emails on the internet.

For other people to share with us the wonderful subjects of faith and happiness and the painful subjects like religious fanaticism and racism. Why be fanatic about the exterior when the inside is the same? We know now that the inside does not want us to be fanatic or racist.

Core of Life

Faith is the core of the life of those who believe (and we suspect of those that do not believe). Religion cannot substitute faith. It can only help us to find it within us and to (re)connect with MPTA. Religions should be bridges between people and peoples. They can share so much inner beauty and should bring out the best in people. How sad it is to see that some people – often filled with hate – use religion to perpetrate killings and even massacres. True faith excludes killings and violence. They are a blasphemy to true faith.

To us war fuelled by religious differences or any war for that matter is a big waste of resources. Human and material. Just imagine what could be done with those resources: developing green energy at a grand scale and giving Nature finally an urgently needed break? Helping poor countries to develop themselves and to bring an end to poverty and famine? Refining education to help our children to better cope with the hardships of life and to grow up as fine personalities that we are proud of? Amalgamating a well-balanced political and economic system?

So many constructive things could be done instead of waging wars or making nuclear weapons and thus taking us a step closer to the total destruction of this planet. Can any sane person want this to happen? Can we still avoid it? Our Mother-Earth is too unique to destroy. Nature is showing signs of exhaustion.

Mutual respect

We humans are unique too. Why is there so much negative energy among some of them? For the lack of faith. For the lack of respect. Because of hate. Because of stubbornness and exaggerated pride.

Respecting others is actually respecting yourself. Think about that! Mutual respect generates positive energy on which to build a mutually beneficial relationship.

In our contacts with our friends we also dealt with prejudices. They are an obstacle to the understanding between people. Getting rid of them is very rewarding. Friendship was the result in our case.

Our friends live in different political and economic systems and we agreed among us that the ideal system does not yet exist. It is not capitalism, it is not communism. We have come to call it summonism, but it is still difficult to explain. We are working on it to become understandable.

 

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