The Cornwall Free News impresses me as a community building exercise which I want to participate in. It has an engaged audience that is obviously thinking and wrestling with all the local and big issues. You strike me as a group of people I really want to get to know.
I am a generalist and interested in everything! I want to grow as a human being and I need your input. I invite you to help me to choose the topics that are of interest to you and see if I can provide some dimensions of spirituality, moral, ethical, and principal based approaches. I want to us to work together to figure out the difference between what is ideology, belief, tradition and how to determine the truth. We could look at different models and see what would work in Cornwall and S D & G. Let’s look at models that are healthy, vibrant and sustainable.
It’s time people realized that there are other ways of thinking- thinking like they are a congregation, a gang, a tribe, a clique or a club limits our ability to grow as a community. Perhaps if we started realizing that we are a family- the entire human race is a family, then we could start moving forward as one. Let’s explore a vision of the process that the human race is going through rather than the usual doom and gloom. The hope is that people will become engaged, empowered, enlightened and become more conscious of the strength and agency they possess in order to become agents for change.
Spiritual matters are vitally important to our development and we have lagged behind since we can witness for ourselves that we about to run out of ability to take from the Earth, we now need to learn to give back and to dive deep within ourselves and explore the mysteries within. These are mines with no end in sight of truths, insights, gifts and capacities. With humility I offer to explore these gems with you in the hope that you will choose to respond.
The word “choose” is very important word because it asks you to consider, to ponder, to reflect, to pray, to meditate, to walk, to serve. This column hopes to provide a structured forum for helping guide the people to a more coordinated approach to religion, science and spirituality and its practical application to everyday life and issues of importance. It hopes to build the capacity of the community to improve its own ability to be sustainable. My hidden agenda, just so you know, is world peace, it’s pretty simple! I want to get to know you intimately. We need to focus on building unity of thought, not uniformity of belief.
Have a listen to John Lennon and Yoko Ono (1969)- the Plastic Ono Band at the Bed-In in Montreal Quebec when they had to escape the United States because they were expressing sentiments contrary to the prevailing ideology:
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Shirley Barr lives and works in Cornwall Ontario since May 2010 and is a member of the Baha’i community.
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