GLOBAL VILLAGER 10 – SINCERITY
Boy aged 14 from Shanghai, China. Christian, lives in poverty and is undernourished, illiterate, speaks Mandarin
Like hundreds of other Chinese Catholics on Sunday mornings in southwest Shanghai, this teenager is on his way to Xujiahui Cathedral. His unobtrusive demeanour and polite smile do not betray his inner turmoil, and his worn but clean clothes do not reveal his lack of financial means. In his mind's eye his arms are outstretched above him, carrying a huge box of sins to church along the path of penitence, leading to absolution and purity.
He pretends to read the hymn book, for he is ashamed of his lack of education and it would be dreadful to admit that he cannot read. His dreams include unlimited access to books and libraries, and of being respected for his knowledge. His feelings of discomfort are somewhat reduced by being able to go to confession, but he still pales when he recalls the lies he has told, the food he has stolen and the insults he has made without thinking. When he comes out of the cathedral he feels a little more purified and, on the homeward journey, he tends to smile at people, rather than gaze at Shanghai’s putrid backstreets or sparkling new towers.
One Sunday, the boy is pretending to read the hymn book as usual, when the man next to him whispers that he is holding it upside down. The boy is absolutely appalled that he has lost face, but the man just laughs gently. Flooded with immeasurable relief, the boy begins to pray. Now, in his mind’s eye, he has set aside his box of sins. Instead, he carries a huge amethyst, a symbol of sincerity and heavenly understanding, which leads him to a higher spiritual plane.
When he goes to confession, he values this as a method to become conscious of and thus release a fear, but his concept of ‘sin’ no longer exists. He has learnt that ‘losing face’ is an opportunity to learn. Instead of cowering with shame, he stretches his arms out to the universe. With time, the boy turns into a highly respected visionary – a pioneer in thought and action on spiritual and material planes. He can see beyond already existing educational or religious structures while appreciating the core truths of each.
Instead of dreaming of a library of books for his personal use, he knows that divine knowledge already exists in every person and in every cell, and that it can be accessed by tapping into cosmic energy. He treats his followers with gentle humour and compassion, encouraging them to live their potential and demonstrate absolute sincerity in their behaviour at all times.
What role does politeness play in your life?
How often do you make excuses?
What self-imposed barriers have so far prevented you from living life fully?
Can you forgive yourself?
What will change when you release your ideas of right and wrong in favour of what works for you and for humanity as a collective?
What fear could you release through ‘confession’?
Is it possible to insult someone who is totally centred, confident of their own worth and governed by love?
Which of your qualities has not been acquired through conventional education?
Assuming that your soul has no knowledge or experience of fear, how can you reconnect yourself to your soul and simultaneously shed your fears?
In view of the fact that we enter this life with nothing and leave with nothing except the insights we have acquired, what is your dream?
How would you act differently if you were convinced that you have access to divine knowledge?
How would the world change if everyone discovered their connection to the divine?
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