It’s easy to see the world divided into segments defined by religions, and within those religions, specific sects. As we have seen time and time again, this leads to numerous problems which, sadly enough, we are all so familiar with that I don’t need to elaborate on them. In the midst of all this negativity, it’s easy to lose track of why these religions became so widespread in the first place, and that’s because in every religion, there are grains of wisdom that are universally applicable and enduring. Below are some of my favourite anecdotes and proverbs that remind us to be respectful towards everyone’s beliefs and to take on board everything there is to learn from them, and not stay cemented in our own ways.
“Don’t be sweet, lest you be eaten up; don’t be bitter, lest you be spewed out”
Strike the right balance between being generous and loving, but not so much that you become a doormat for people to shove responsibilities and expectations onto. But, on the flipside, don’t become so hardened that you refuse to let people in, and thus repulse them instead.
“He who slings mud loses ground”
Turning to petty retaliation and unfounded criticisms (I’m not hinting at any politicians here) simply destabilises your own argument. In order to further your cause, whether it be in business, personal relationships or politics, you’ve got to stay respectable.
These are simply two fragments from just two of the biggest religions in the world. Stay tuned, as I’ll be constantly writing on this topic as I come across quotes and anecdotes from all the major religions in the world. 🙂