There is an ancient parable of the Buddha that offers us a message of hope and new possibilities during this time. It is the parable of the old woman and the lamp.
In ancient India, there were two seasons: the rainy season and the dry season. The rainy season was so tempestuous, it made travel prohibitive, so the monks would spend their time in a meditative retreat in the monasteries.
Encyclopedia Britannica states that Civil Rights are defined as, “...guarantees of equal social opportunities and equal protection under the law, regardless of race, religion, or other personal characteristics.” Examples include, the right to vote, right to a fair trial, right to government services, right to public education and the right to use public facilities - to name just a few.
We are on the threshold of a brave new world -- or so we are told. With all its promises of a materialistic utopia, life as seen by marketers and the media just keeps getting better on the everascending path of never-ending progress. But somehow, this vision of a more perfect future doesn’t square with reality. The world we live in is one of anxious uncertainty and moral ambiguity with no clear sense of destiny to ground and guide us.
Leonardo Da Vinci is known as a Renaissance Man - a man that had many interests and mastered many disciplines in his life. He was steadfast in his pursuit of knowledge. He took great pleasure in discovering the world around him. He was enthralled with the study of nature and its secrets.