What if a culture promoted respect
for all people
where there were no “others”
only sisters and brothers?
What if a culture promoted a kindness
where the norm was to pause
before speaking one’s mind
and listen to differing views?
What if a culture promoted peace
with active intent to move through anger
without lingering long
knowing all is impermanent?
What if I lived with active respect
seeing connections instead of division?
What if I practiced loving kindness
listening , not trying to change others’ minds?
What if I started promoting peace
by noticing and then letting go of my anger?
Both graphics from Pixabay, Girl at Sunset and Unity Knot