Tuesday December 30, 2003

One Shared Thought

[ Today's question comes from Diarist.Net Spark (26 December 2003) ]
Imagine that you had the power to imprint in the minds of every child born today one phrase, one piece of permanent wisdom. What would you tell them?

A personal motto? A snippet of philosophy? A message of hope? A lesson you had to learn the hard way? Would it be a rule or a suggestion? A statement or a question? If you could only have your words surface on each birthday, would they be different? What would you say?

Expand on your message. Where did it come from? Why is it so important that the next generation should hear it?

One phrase?

I first considered Thou Shalt Not Kill.
My second thought was Live and Let Live.
But then I realized there was one even more all-encompassing meme I would choose to impart:

There is No One True Way

Whoever you are...
Your opinions matter — as do those of everyone else.
Your religion, your faith and your beliefs are true and right and just — as are the religion, faith and beliefs of everyone else on the planet.
Your politics, your ideals, your dreams and your aspirations are no more worthy than those of other people.
Rejoice in your way... and let others rejoice in theirs.

With many thanks to Mercedes Lackey and her tales of Valdemar.

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