If we are ever to create a sustainable global community we must share a common worldview, that is to say, common beliefs, attitudes and values. If we don’t learn to “integrate,” we will continue to “disintegrate.” Sharing a common narrative also means we must share a common language in order to communicate clearly where we are, who we are and how we will reach our common goal.
The following simple example illustrates how miscommunication can easily begin to occur. There seems to be some confusion of late as to whether to use the words “bring” or “take.” For example, I’m at home with my pregnant cousin and she tells me she is ready to go to the hospital. I yell at my mother and say: “I’m going to bring Alice to the hospital,” as we hurry out the door. This is not the usage my generation was taught in school.
“Bring” shows movement toward the speaker and “take” shows movement away from the speaker. Why are we starting this essay with a grammar lesson? Because the failure on the part of our species to distinguish between a good or “correct” choice and a bad or “self-destructive” choice has led to the impending catastrophe facing all of us.
If we don’t teach our children the truth about where they are (the worldview of Oneness), who they are (their True-self identity) and why they are here (to choose to express responses over reactions) they will not be able to create a sustainable community. And without a simple and universal agreed-upon language we won’t know whether we are coming or going.
In truth, we needn’t be either coming or going, we are already where we want to go but just haven’t realized it yet. To pursue this radical truth and to see an example of a simple, clear and profound language suitable for use in a sustainable global community, click on the link below.
Insight # 162:
Nor will people say, ‘Look, here it is,’ or ‘There it is.’ For you see, the kingdom of God is in your midst. Luke 17:21
- “Glossary” in this blog or in print version, Where Am I? The First Great Question Concerning the Nature of Reality (2012), by Roy Charles Henry, Appendix C, pages 239-248.