About diversity and similarity…

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“There, in the distance, are the waters of Nalu Baale (Lake Victoria)… Here, close by, are the waters of the White Nile… In between, are the natural springs that give impetus to the longest river on your continent and separate it from the Lake… Visibly, you can perhaps discern the difference among us but do you think you could tell the difference within our waters? Amongst humans, you see a variety of people who are different but do you think there is a difference in the basic components of humanity? If we all behaved as if we were intrinsically alike, how would our world outlook change? – Boat ride at the source of the Nile, Jinja, Uganda

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About empathy and concern…

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“What is it about humans that makes you want to progress at the expense of others? Do you not see that the cycle of day and night turns those who progress into the others and  others into those who progress? And after all where does all that progress leave you when your final night comes calling? Caring for the poor, the weak, the elderly is indeed caring for yourselves… since we are all essentially but one Soul! – Water, stones and sunlight caring for the fading old tree, Karura Forest, Nairobi.

About differences With similarities…

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“Long horns, lanky legs, wide-eyed look? Thickset, furry, squinty eyed? So obviously different looking… Do we really have anything in common that can foster friendly conversation? Hmm…. Let us think a little! How about comparing our instincts for survival? The ways in which we care for our offspring? The intricacies of our group relationships? The effects of the environment in which we live? We all can learn from each other, from our differences, from the other perspective! Listen, you can hear the conversation…” – Diversity discourse, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya.

About Hope in the midst of Despair…

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“Don’t despair Little One… when dark clouds gather and swirl and it seems as if your world is closing in on you… know that I am always there. My light is blue… a beacon, guiding, comforting and, with the promise of sunny skies and warmth, bringing you hope and love! O Little One, know that you are loved, know that you are loved… I am always right beside you holding your hand!” – His message from anywhere in the world… dedicated to the one who needs Hope and Love.

About respect…

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“Everyone and everything has a place in this world… no matter whether insignificant, considerable, charming or repulsive… all deserve our respect for the role played in the journey that we call life. Imagine the picture of the sea without the frame of trees… imagine a bed of rocks without the swirl of water to soften the image… Does this not make you realise how meagre our lives would be without those who are different from us? – View of a lagoon in the Indian Ocean from Falaise Rouge in South Eastern Mauritius