Dear Dr Cook, Thanks for sending the information concerning the two mailing list. However, the link does not open the list. I wanted to check who was on the list. I thought that you could send the following text to the two lists to mark 19 Feb. With all best wishes, Rene Wadlow Kuan Yin: She who harkens to the cries of the world and restores equilibrium Wise in using skilful means In every corner of the world She manifests her countless forms The Earth is My Home and Humanity, My Family Rene Wadlow* February 19 is a day, especially in Chinese culture, to honour Kuan Yin — Goddess of Mercy for the Taoists, the Bodhisattva of Compassion for the Buddhists. It is a day when offerings of incense are made, along with tea for wisdom and fruit for prosperity. The sick are brought into her presence for comfort. Her role is to rescue beings from present woes by assisting them to rid themselves of the delusions binding them. One of the most persistent of delusions is a sense of separateness, of being unrelated to others and separate from Nature. This sense of separateness creates fears that what we have will be taken from us, that we must defend ourselves and what we own. A sense of separateness from Nature creates a feeling that we must use Nature only for our own benefit. To overcome this sense of separateness, Kuan Yin opens our eyes to beauty. For as Rabindranath Tagore has written “Through our sense of beauty, we realize the harmony in the universe. And it is the consciousness of harmony in our soul that leads to the apprehension of the joy of the world.” Joy is a great spiritual force which illuminates and gives us power to serve our communities and all of humanity. It is through joy that we become one with others and so participate in their suffering, in their achievements, and their quest for a better life. When we have this joy in our lives, we sense inner peace, a lasting peace in whatever we do, whatever we offer, and whatever we receive. Joy allows us to be stable in this time of deep change. Responding to an unseen but powerful motivating force, humanity is in the midst of profound individual and social transformations which require a new vision. Can we embrace our entire species for the first time? To do so, we need persons who are able to include and not exclude, who can identify with the planet and all planetary life. As Walt Whitman wrote “We see, as in the universes of the material kosmos, after meteorological, vegetable and animal cycles, man at last arises, borrn through them, to prove them, concentrate them, to turn upon them with wonder and love — to shape them, adorn them, carry them upward.” This is our task as world citizens. Rene Wadlow, President and representative to the United Nations, Geneva, Association of World Citizens.