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An esteemful personality: Mahatma Ghandi

Gandhi: An AutobiographyIt’s no accident that Gandhi’s birthday – he was born October 2, 1869 – is celebrated at the same time as the International Day of Non-Violence.  Through his non-violent actions Gandhi set an important example for the whole world and will always be remembered as an inspiring and esteemful personality.

Gandhi demonstrated that if we want to create something positive we have to take positive actions.  Because he wanted to create peace and freedom for his country, he led others with his peaceful actions.

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Esteemful acts of Lydia Pendley

“Any person who in any way suffers because of hunger or suffers because of poverty — that affects me. We are in a world that is truly interconnected and we need to all realize that we play a role. No matter what we do, small or large, whether it’s dramatic or not — all contributes.”

These are the words of 66-year-old Lydia Pendley of Santa Fe, NM who has dedicated her life to helping others.

Her esteemful actions are based on her respect for the dignity of every human being and her desire to work for peace and justice in the world.

Lydia Pendley celebrated her last few birthdays a little different than most of us.  She registered her party as an event on Stand Up Against Poverty Day.  She asked her guests to make a donation instead of bringing gifts and collected more than $2,100.

Lydia Pendley has found her unique expression of giving esteem as a sign against poverty.  Her dedication and esteemful actions encourages other people to follow her example and express esteem in a similar way.

International Day of Peace

Today the world celebrates the International Day of Peace.  Peace is one of the most essential requirements for a happy and fulfilled life.  The United Nations established this day as an annual observance of global non-violence and ceasefire.

Genuine peace means even more than just an absence of violence and war.  Peace means that human life can be lived as it’s meant to be.  Genuine peace respects human life in its wholeness and gives esteem unconditionally.

Considering peace from the standpoint of esteem we have to change our perspective.  This means we define peace not as the opposite from something such as war but as having an independent status.

When we start to think like that we give peace its own right of existence.  Living an esteemful life can help us in doing so.

Esteem and Vision of Humanity

Each year the Global Peace Index compiles a ranking of the most peaceful countries around the world.

In the last three years the same four countries have been ranked among the top 5 most peaceful.  This year New Zealand, Denmark, Norway and Iceland, are the first four countries of the list.  Because of involvement in several conflicts around the globe the USA came in at 83rd out of a total of 144 countries.

One of the most important indices for deciding if a country is peaceful or not is how conflicts are handled.   Conflicts can happen everywhere and anytime.  The question is how a country handles them.  If they solve their problems with mutual esteem they create a peaceful situation.

The Global Peace Index is considered as a Vision of Humanity, a great phrase for peaceful living.  In the end it’s up to each of us to make it possible for our country to walk the peaceful path.  When we live esteem in our daily life we create a portion of this vision of humanity.

Esteem for peacekeepers

Today is the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers.

This day gives esteem to all the men and women serving in the United Nations peacekeeping operations for “their high level of professionalism, dedication and courage”.

Everybody who’s ever tried to make peace between people with contrary believes and opinions knows how difficult and delicate this task is.

Peacekeepers deserve esteem for their work.  They prepare the way among people for peace through mutual esteem.

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An esteemful personality: Dalai Lama

Last week the Dalai Lama visited Albany, NY sharing his simple message of tolerance, peace and happiness.

With his honest friendliness toward everyone who approaches him he demonstrates esteem in a deep and humble manner.

Dalai Lama is the renowned spiritual guide to devotees and Buddhists all over the world.  Despite his notoriety he says about himself: “I consider myself just a human being, one of 6 billion human beings. All 6 billion people are the same family. Everyone wants a happy life.”

It could be said that Dalai Lama personifies esteem.  Such an esteemful personality can be an example for us all.

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Esteem and the four cardinal virtues

 

Esteem is closely connected to the classic four cardinal virtues of wisdom, justice, courage and moderation.  The cardinal virtues aren’t out of fashion, they’re still important for a life full of esteem and respect for the fellow men.

Wisdom

Wisdom is more than knowledge, it’s more than accumulating know-how.  Wisdom is life experience making us patient and understanding – just like esteem does.

Greek philosopher Plato explained wisdom as “we know that we don’t know” meaning that there is no safe knowledge which we could defend.  When we live esteem toward others we feel the truth of this virtue.  Esteem prevents us from being self-opinionated.

On the other hand wisdom is explained as choosing the middle between two extremes creating harmony and peace.

In any case the virtue of wisdom helps us to make just and reasonable decisions because we show understanding for people and life situations.  The more we live esteem in our life the more we can integrate wisdom.

Justice

Justice, the second of the four cardinal virtues is another important foundation for humane society.  When we encounter injustice we discover that it diminishes our happiness and motivation to be fair ourselves.

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Esteem and the virtue of “wisdom”

Wisdom is more than knowledge, it’s more than accumulating know-how.  Wisdom is life experience making us patient and understanding – just like esteem does.

Greek philosopher Plato explained wisdom as “we know that we don’t know” meaning that there is no safe knowledge which we could defend.  When we live esteem toward others we feel the truth of this virtue.  Esteem prevents us from being self-opinionated.

 

On the other hand wisdom is explained as choosing the middle between two extremes creating harmony and peace.

In any case the virtue of wisdom helps us to make just and reasonable decisions because we show understanding for people and life situations.  The more we live esteem in our life the more we can integrate wisdom.

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Esteem for peace-ensuring art

The art camp “Art for Peace and Harmony”, the first of its kind in India, encourages artists to discover how they can respond to the events in their world.

Artists are not immune to the world’s situation, just like the rest of us, may it be consciously or unconsciously.

This art camp, organized by Mangalore University, Orchid Art Gallery and others, leads artists to find their own way to ensure peace and harmony among people and nature.

Artists of all kind such as painters, poets, singers, dancers, musicians, actors, writers and sculptors are invited to explore their role in ensuring peace.

Martti Ahtisaari gets Nobel Peace Prize

The Nobel prize is one of the best known signs of esteem which receives worldwide attention.

The Nobel Peace Prize is even a double sign of esteem because it gives esteem toward a person who’s work consists of having given esteem toward others.

Martti Ahtisaari, the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize 2008, has an impressive list of actions full of esteem.  His work for peace all over the world are crowned with success.

Martti Ahtisaari worked with esteem – giving it toward both parties in order to make peace possible.  Peace requires esteem for all sides of a conflict.  When people get esteem and feel themselves respected peace is possible.

Martti Ahtisaari was able to give honest esteem.  Now he can get esteem for his work. Congratulations!