I want to thank Mr. Eck for his viewpoints on values as it stimulated me to think more deeply about this subject ["Democrats Don't Represent our Mountain Values," May 5]. In reality, true human values are universal. They can be claimed by neither mountain nor coast. They do not originate from north, south, east or west. No religion or political party has exclusive claim to these values. Truth, love, peace, right action and nonviolence are universal values that all beings aspire toward.
Sadly, humankind is caught up in jealousy, hate and destruction. While political name-calling and bickering goes on, the planet and her children cry for help. While the resounding horns of battle sound, people and children are slaughtered. What values are these? While our insatiable desire for fossil fuels increases, innocent workers are condemned to death working in mines and on rigs, and the other creatures of the earth pay dearly. If this is not enough, the human addiction fills their bellies with meat products [and] causes 10-plus billion animals to be mercilessly killed every year (just in the U.S.). Where is the love here?
Only when humans place these universal values above all, will the world attain peace. We can only hope that mankind evolves from his/her slumber of self-destruction.
— Rudranath "Rudy" Beharrysingh