5.03.2011

Pluralism - A Journey

Wouldn't this just be a wonderful tribute to the loved ones we have lost? ...
“Floating Lanterns” by Dwight K Morita.  2010. 
Pluralism Project Photography Contest Grand Prize Winner

I found this wonderful site while I was doing some research for a paper I have been writing and I was in awe at the magnificent photography on this site.  In 1991, Harvard University began a study of the impact of the changing religious landscape from a global diversity perspective.    

I had never really thought about what the term pluralism really meant until I spent some time researching and reading about the importance of it in everyone's daily lives. 
There are 4 main areas that define pluralism:

the energetic engagement with diversity
the active seeking of understanding across lines of difference
the encounter of commitments
and all communications must be based on dialogue

Looking at the importance of this project, the outcomes and the impression that it can leave on a community is amazing.  People coming together, connecting, appreciating, living and loving not based on what religion they practice, what color their skin is or what income bracket they classify their home and belongings is some of the most important aspects of defining, reaching out and grasping the overall gravity of this movement.  I say "movement" because this is paramount to overcoming the walls and grudges that we as both a nation and as individuals sometimes put up when there is something that is foreign or misunderstood.  We are all guilty of this at one time or another in our lives and this project truly emulates the importance of tolerance and fruitful existence. 
What important words to live by....

The "Floating Lanterns" depicted in the above photo is described on the Pluralism website as:

These floating lanterns memorialize those that have passed away at Ala Moana Park in Honolulu, Hawaii.  As the sun sets in the background, small boats with Buddhist monks and church volunteers help to launch and shepherd the small armada of lantern ships, each inscribed with sentiments from family and friends.  This traditional Buddhist practice began as a small ritual, but has since grown to become a major event attracting thousands of people of all faiths from around the world. 

What a wonderful tribute to our loved ones...
On the cusp of today and the tiptoes of tomorrow.

Just my thoughts.
Good Vibes.
Happiness.
Peace.

Cath

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