“…unless we learn to live in harmony with our own inner life…”
I recently read about an incident on the Big Island in which a man fired upon a van carrying some small children! I was horrified to read this even though my horror was a bit tempered by later finding out that the man was actually firing upon a dog that he was convinced was killing his chickens, when the van came into the line-of-fire. Despite this incident one aspect of Hawaiian culture that speaks to me is the understanding that we must live in harmony with the environment and with one another. This is no small task in today’s contentious and litigious Mainland culture which is no less endangering to Hawaiʻi than the moths, frogs and bugs that manage to sneak onto the islands by one means or another. This concept of “living in harmony with” is not just in regard to exterior realities.
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