|[GMW #3307] Nurture Consciousness
For A Global Spirituality
Wednesday 19 August 2015, Editor: EasyIdea Dream - Robert Muller's Ideas 3001 to 3500
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~ Idea 3703-5 ~
One more of the 7 progresses in consciousness gained by the human species since World War II:
5. 1990's: consciousness of the need for a renaissance of spirituality and birth of a global spirituality: World Parliament of Religions in 1993, creation of the United Religions Initiative in 2000.
Robert's The Miracle, Joy and Art of Living,
Volume II The Art of Personal Happiness
Chapter 2, Of Happiness
Once during the war, a very intelligent man, a hat manufacturer from Belgium, visited our family. When he heard my father complain about the hardness of the times, he went to the bathroom and brought back a fragrant loaf of prewar toilet soap which my mother had extracted from her treasure-chest in his honor. He passed it around and asked everyone to take a deep breath of its delightful fragrance.
Then he said:
"Once this war is over never will anyone of us feel again the happiness we enjoy at this moment in touching and smelling this soft, heavenly, rare loaf of soap. At every time of one's life, in every circumstance there is an opportunity for happiness. The art of living consists in seeking out these special moments."
I have never forgotten his words. Each time I unwrap a fresh loaf of toilet soap, his words come back to me, and I hold it respectfully to my nostrils to enjoy a special moment of happiness.
O youth of today, you do not know how lucky you are. You will never know how badly a piece of wartime soap looked and smelled. I can still feel its sandy texture hurt my skin.
UN News: UN Chronicle, United Nations News Service, UN Wire Archive
References: Earth Charter, Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Rights of: Children, Women, IndigenousPeople
To Be Written: Rights of Nature, Birds, Animals, Fish, etc.
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