Friday, 1 July 2016

BRIDGE-BUILDING BETWEEN PEOPLE & NATIONS AFTER BREXIT & THE ELECTION OF A NEW USA PRESIDENT


Brexit has  triumphed by playing on the negative and often Xenophobic  fears of Britons who perceived a threat to their quality of life from incoming refugees and immigrants, particularly from Eastern Europe, "taking away"  their jobs, overcrowding their  local schools and clogging up their national health services. And in the USA, Donald Trump has played on the emotional and negative fears of many Americans by singling out Muslims and Islam at large as a potential terrorist threat to America. How sad it is that the world is becoming steadily more polarised ! The end of Britain's membership of the European Union and the possibility of a more "isolationist" and exclusive USA under the  leadership of Donald Trump as a future US president do not promote “sharing  together for the common good” of all nations - rich and poor. 
This is where bridge-building between people of different nations, cultures, religions and ethnicity in the interests of better understanding, finding the inherent  "common good" in all of us, and striving for an improved quality of life for all  is so vital for  the future peace and harmony in our world. Worldwide poverty and the growing gap between "haves" and "have-nots" and the destruction of our environment can only be properly addressed if communities and nations stand united. At national level we need to build-bridges between nations, not diminish them or break them down. Bridge-building is not about sacrificing one's values and one’s identity but rather sharing for the common good. At local level we need to build bridges between families and communities and between members of different ethnic, language, cultural and religious groups. Bridge-building between these groups can only have positive outcomes. It is especially relevant in today’s world of pervasive racism and religious intolerance. Interfaith dialogue and co-operation between Christians, Jews and Muslims is not about diluting one's particular faith or belief  but about focussing on what unites us, instead of what divides us! Those who fear that doing this may  “dilute” their faith or belief cannot, per se, have a very strong faith.

It takes courage and boldness to move beyond any of  one’s comfort zones but this is what is needed if we are to join hands at local, national and international level and unite to solve the problems pervading the world we live in today. Unity is strength.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

“A Prince Amongst Men”.

Gordon Charles Macleod (Dad) was a Paul Harris Rotarian who was very committed to Rotary’s 4-Way Test, which included “building goodwill and better friendships” with all of his fellow human beings. 
He was a down-to-earth, no-nonsense  person who expressed kindness, humility, modesty and consideration towards all other folk regardless of their ethnic, cultural, religious or political beliefs and every day of his life, during his 81 years, he demonstrated this in countless and innumerable practical ways . It was this quality that made him the exceptional human being and man that he was and why he was admired by so many and was once described by Leonard McLeod as “A Prince Amongst Men”. 
Like every one of us human beings he was not “100% perfect” but he was far less flawed than most of us. He shall always remain a fine role model and his legacy should be, for every one of us who knew, loved and respected him, to emulate him and to try and measure up to his example in our daily lives.
 - by Guy Macleod, 23rd June 2016

Thursday, 24 March 2016


A MESSAGE TO ALL HUMANKIND AT  EASTER TIME 


It is Easter time in the year 2016 and the day before Good Friday, 25th March 2016, and no matter what particular spiritual or religious path we choose during our life on earth this is once again an occasion to reflect on our common humanity, not on what separates us. It is time to again focus on why we were born and why we are here and what we have in common with one another and how we conduct  our lives and  time on earth and how we relate to, and interact with, others.

We are ALL God’s children, created by Him, and it is not for any of us mere human beings to judge and point fingers at other human beings as it is our Maker and Creator - God Almighty - alone, who will ultimately judge each and every one of us and decide  who will be allowed into Heaven or not.

At this blessed time of Easter let all of us - Christians of whatever denomination -  and Jews, Muslims, Hindus and followers of all other faiths and also Atheists - be reminded of the unconditional love and caring and compassionate teachings of that greatest human being, Jesus Christ, who was sent to this planet by God, over 2,000 years ago and whom Christians acknowledge is part of the Trinity (God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit).