Week 02: Universality

Respect for All Beings

Practice good-heartedness toward all beings. . . . This is true spirituality. [Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, Life in Relation to Death (Padma Publishing, 1987, p. 28.)] The just man takes care of his beast, but the heart of the wicked is merciless. [The Bible, Proverbs, 12:10.] Not everyone is a PETA, AHA or ASPCA
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The Rich Tapestry of Human Opinions, Preferences and Lifestyles

Diversity is the bedrock on which the richness of life rests. We have jazz, blues, rock, loosely termed “classical” music in every age for the past thousand years and music that is specific to virtually every ethnic culture, because we human beings have vivid imaginations and a myriad ways of
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Age and Class

The glory of young men is their strength, and the dignity of old men is gray hair. [The Bible, Proverbs, 20:29.] At fifteen I set my heart upon learning. At thirty, I had planted my feet firm upon the ground. At forty, I no longer suffered from perplexities. At fifty,
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Gender: Respect For and Between the Sexes

Though numerically in the majority throughout most of the world, women have been mistreated as inferiors in most cultures throughout history. Certainly this has been true in economically developed countries like the United States. Traditionally, women have been “given” in marriage; the custom of walking the bride down the aisle
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Racial and Ethnic Inclusion

Race and gender have been the two most prevalent and destructive forms of discrimination within our human family. While gender discrimination is broader, racial and ethnic discrimination have been more systematically brutal. The reasons reside in evolutionary history: historically a female of the same race is more likely to pass
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Cultural Inclusion

Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life; Whole misadventured piteous overthrows Do
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Universality

Humanists are concerned for the well being of all . . . [Humanist Manifesto III: A Call for New Planetary Humanism (2000).] Do unto others as you would have others do unto you, for this is the law and the prophets. [The Bible, Matthew 7:12 (Christianity). See also: Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan (1651), Part
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