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Seeing a World that Works for Everyone!

Posted by
Nitin (Mayenne, France) on 17 February 2016 in Landscape & Rural.

Another image from Krabi. Clouds looming large - just what I think of when I think of the current state of India. Just what I think of when I imagine the environmental scene globally. Just what I think of when I meet cold-hearted people in Shanghai.

And then I read this lovely email from an acquaintance of mine in Shanghai. And then it gives more hope.


"The first time I heard the phrase, A World That Works for Everyone, I both loved it and wondered how it could even be possible. I thought of that sobering passage in The Science of Mind, by Ernest Holmes in which he writes “We do not teach that you can get what you want. If we could all get what we want, it might be disastrous, for it is certain that most of us would want things that would interfere with the well-being of someone else.”
The passage made me feel paradoxically better and worse at the same time. If we can’t get what we want, what can we get?

A World that Works for Everyone ought not to be confused with the idea of a world in which we control other people’s outcomes, or take what belongs to another, not even their freedom, or with something so shallow as everyone getting their way all the time. No, it’s something higher than that.

It is an idea, a vision. And the point of a vision is to help us reach beyond what we have right now. It has to be larger than what we have right now. And, if it is to be a good vision, it has to be so audaciously large that we can’t possibly imagine how it could come to pass.

I understand this to be the way of metaphysics: our work is to accept as clearly as possible the highest vision we can attain, and then the creative intelligence of the Universe pours Itself into that. I do believe that vision has that kind of power in us. And, for it to be truly effective, a vision has to touch something real in us, it has to touch some tender note in us.

That is why I love the innocence of that song Coca Cola made famous, I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony, I’d like to see the world for once all standing hand in hand. (for those of you who don't remember that classic ad click here. [Wow, it still gives me goosebumps after all these years even with it's upside down message that sugar water is the 'real thing'...Rob)]

That’s why I love the lyrics of John Lennon’s epic song that invites us to imagine all the world living as one without divisions. That’s why I love the prophetic vision in the book of Isaiah of a peaceable kingdom. These visions point to something that is so unlike what we have now, that we might be challenged and stretched to accept and imagine it, while at the same time it is exciting because it touches something ancient and innocent in us. That something in us sees these visions as the right destination for us, emancipated “from discord of every nature” even if we don’t yet know the way there.

I invite you to use your imagination in a playful, innocent way, not limiting it with logic or explanations of how things could possibly be. Instead, imagine what living your life at the level of pure joy would be like. Then think of your friends and family, imagine what it would be like if we already lived in peace, harmony and shared our resources in a respectful way. Then think of our planet and it’s beings, and imagine all living with a sense of belonging and without a sense of fear. Try to imagine what is might look like to live as one global family.

My guess is that if you do this exercise, you would come up with your own version of a Global Vision, one that I can see you writing down and putting somewhere you will see it frequently, and updating it as your understanding evolves. I can see you typing it up and sharing that on your social media status update and adding the hashtag #AWorldThatWorksForEveryone. And I don’t mind in the slightest if your vision is different from mine, because if we land on genuine mutual love, I know I will be able to trust your vision, and maybe even follow it."
Robert Applegate, Spiritual Director

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Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Those clouds do look ominous . .

17 Feb 2016 8:20am

franz from Baden, Austria

very dramatic sky, and superb horizon!

17 Feb 2016 1:01pm

L'Angevine from Angers, France

superbe ce ciel

18 Feb 2016 6:59am

paige louise from leeds, United Kingdom


20 Feb 2016 2:46pm

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium


24 Feb 2016 9:31am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

What a dramatic and amazing sky.

24 Feb 2016 7:10pm

Robert Applegate from Shanghai, China

Glad you got to spend time in Thailand. i was there for part of the holiday too. Back now and struggling to keep my view of the sky open and clear. Let's keep reminding ourselves. See you in SH at some point!

26 Feb 2016 3:48am

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