I think this has to be the case for each of us- and I am more likely to agree than not, Tom. I think part of this is the fundamental understanding of what is right and wrong in the largest sense of our humanity. The boundaries for behavior in the largest sense need to be consistent- and in the research into religions that I’ve done, those boundaries are largely consistent across the board. Where I think we run amok is where we get into dogma or individual, self-serving interpretations of laws or rules or regulations or religions, and then others pay the price for that. I can’t speak for anyone else, I have truths that I also know deep in my soul. The more I travel, the more I know those truths to be universal. They revolve around kindness, love, respect, gratitude, courtesy- that whole range of how we treat one in order to have some kind of order. While every culture has its own versions of courtesy and respect (for example, dipping your head in respect if you walk into a Fijian chief’s house to show that you cannot have your head above his), all the rest, in terms of how we generally honor each other, I tend to think is fairly similar. I honestly don’t see disagreement. Perhaps what I have watched is how varied people’s “truths” are when it comes to some of the tougher topics like politics and religion. That seems to be where we step on the most toes when trying to define what we feel is true or not. But that’s largely above my pay grade; I’m not wise enough to sort out those bigger issues.

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