Interdependence Day

Happy Interdependence Day

 Date: Wed, 3 Jul 1996
 To: oiiall@gsn.org
 From: ferdi@tigger.jvnc.net (Ferdi Serim)
 Subject: OIIALL> Happy Interdependence Day

 Hi folks,

 As we in the United States prepare to celebrate the anniversary of the establishment of a noble human experiment in self governance, and our  independent spirit of freedom, it is important to note the era of interdependence we may be entering. Two ideas which I found in Marion Wright Edelman's book "Guide My Feet" brought this realization home, as we who work  with children around the world pause to consider both the staggering challenges and vital importance of the work we do.

 First, from Leo Tolstoy: "The most important acts, both for the one who accomplishes them and for his fellow creatures, are those that have remote consequences."

 Our work together proves this on a daily basis.

 And, from Reinhold Niebuhr: "Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved  in our lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope. Nothing which is true and beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore we must be saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be  accomplished alone; therefore we are saved by love. No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as it is from our standpoint; therefore we must be saved by the final form of love which is forgiveness."

 As we celebrate the ideal of the pursuit of freedom across the generations, and the desire for all people to develop their potentials in a context of freedom, let us move beyond striving for individual independent achievements to create caring communities which recognize and nurture the interdependence that will be required to arrive at justice.

 Ferdi

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