North, South, East, West…logistics. “How far have we come?”
Beautiful-Breathing-Fragile-Life dwell everywhere; even in remotest parts of this beautiful planet, Earth. (i believe that all Fragile Life need compassion; love and respect. And need an “opportunity” for compassion education to learn true agape love and respect for fellow life.)
i am (and remain) politically neutral! (Staying politically neutral does have its perks, at times/depends on the ever-changing powers-that-be, like potentially living longer (i.e. not being assassinated, etc.) and somewhat controversy-free…to a degree…less stressful? perhaps.)
If You value/respect LIFE: bottom-line: Why support “any” politicians or organizations or religions or mobs that are in one way or another…killing the people and killing the planet (and to promote “their” power/battles for control/votes/man-made dogmas)?!
For further context please READ: The Ecosystems of Breathing-Fragile-Life
Are the mountains “better” or more necessary than the oceans??
Is one geographical zone “superior” to another geographical zone??
i grew up in New England. Is New England?…the state of Massachusetts, USA? more important/the best/better than any other place on the planet? to me? No!…except? when it comes to football? –Go Patriots! -lol…just joking.
(highlighted points from a recently read July 2015 article (i didn’t write it–just quoting it) that encourages neutrality)
It is understandable that we might feel some affection for the land, the culture, the language, and the food of the country we were raised in. However, we must avoid the “mine is best” attitude. For our pleasure, Jehovah has created great variety in all things. (Ps. 104:24; Rev. 4:11) So why insist that one way of doing things is superior to another?
People who do not share our faith may feel a special loyalty to their country, tribe, or culture or even to their national sports team. Challenges to such loyalties have resulted in competition and rivalry and, in extreme cases, bloodshed and genocide. The way that people resolve these issues, for better or for worse, might touch us or our families personally because we are inescapably a part of human society. Since God made man with an innate sense of justice, the decisions that human governments make may offend our sense of what is right and fair. (Gen. 1:27; Deut. 32:4) How do we react under such circumstances? It would be all too easy to take sides in worldly issues and be drawn into controversy.
The institutions that govern human society may pressure citizens to take sides in conflicts that arise. […] If you are ever in doubt as to how you ought to behave in any given situation, it would be wise to ask yourself, ‘What would Jesus have done?’ The nation in which Jesus lived was made up of people from various regions
—Judea, Galilee, Samaria, and others. Bible accounts reveal that there were tensions between people of these different areas. (John 4:9) Tensions also existed between Pharisees and Sadducees (Acts 23:6-9), between the people and the tax collectors (Matt. 9:11), and between those who had received a Rabbinic education and those who had not. (John 7:49) In the first century, Israel was ruled by the Romans, whose presence was deeply resented by the local people. While Jesus championed religious truth […], he never encouraged his disciples to foster rivalries. (John 4:22) On the contrary, he urged them to love all men as their neighbor. —Luke 10:27.
Why did Jesus not endorse common Jewish prejudices? Because neither he nor his Father takes sides in this world’s controversies. When Jehovah […] created man and woman, his intent was that they fill the whole earth. (Gen. 1:27, 28) God designed humans in such a way that they could produce different races. Neither Jehovah nor Jesus exalts one race, nationality, or language above another. (Acts 10:34, 35; Rev. 7:9, 13, 14) We must follow their perfect example.
Has your upbringing or environment exposed you to national or regional loyalties? Do any such feelings still linger in your heart? Christians should not allow nationalistic fervor to taint their view of others. But what if you realize that you do have negative thoughts toward people of other nations, cultures, languages, or races? Then it would certainly be profitable to meditate on how Jehovah views nationalism and prejudice. Researching these and related topics may prove to be a worthwhile project for personal study…
God wants people of all sorts to come to an accurate knowledge of truth and to enjoy everlasting life. (John 3:16; 1 Tim. 2:3, 4) Open-mindedness toward a diversity of acceptable ideas enriches us […]
For me, staying politically neutral…is 1 logical expression of loyalty to compassion. Will partisan allegiances and divisive-prideful-competitive attitudes lead to peaceful interactions/communications world-wide?! or to a global-happy-brotherhood-family? and/or lead to unity-of-humanity?!
i LOVE this ancient verse/song/Psalm:) (and my daughters this adorable video)…
“Look! How good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!”—Ps. 133:1.
(published 4/15/15@ 6:55p.m.)