May there always be sunshine, may there always be blue skies.
May there always be mummy, may there always be me!
–children’s song sung by Raffi and Pete Seeger
I have a poster which reminds me of concepts I value but lose sight of occasionally in the rush and bother of daily life. Here is a shortened version of the poster’s contents for you (and the children in your life) to consider. May these suggestions help you to expand your horizons to see the entire world – not just your neighborhood — as your community. Whether we remember it or not, all of us are citizens of the World.
- Think of no one as “them.”
- Talk to strangers.
- Imagine other cultures through their art, poetry, and novels.
- Listen to music you don’t understand and dance to it.
- Question consumption.
- Know where your lettuce and coffee are grown; wake up and smell the exploitation.
- Look for fair trade and union labels.
- Learn a second (or third) language.
- Visit people, places, and cultures – not tourist attractions.
- Learn people’s history.
- Know physical and political geography.
- Play games from other cultures.
- Watch films with subtitles.
- Know your heritage.
- Read the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
- Understand the global economy in terms of people, land and water.
- Don’t confuse money with wealth, or time with money.
- Have a pen/email pal.
- Honor indigenous cultures.
- Eat adventurously. Enjoy vegetables, beans and grains in your diet.
- Choose curiosity over certainty.
- Know where your water comes from and where your wastes go.
- Think South, Central and North – there are many Americans.
- Assume that many others share your dreams.
- Look at the moon and imagine someone else, somewhere else, looking at it too.
What guidelines would you add to this list?
(For the complete, original list or to order your own poster, see this page.)
Boundaries divide. Travel unites.
21 February 2013