Monday, February 20, 2012

On First Impressions of Tacoma: Park pleasures

Wright Park, summer 2011, by Jamie Frank
When our neighbor Renee came over for tea Sunday morning, she talked about her first impressions of Tacoma upon arrival. Visiting Wright Park, Tacoma's oldest, she noted the diversity of those enjoying its pleasures. -gw
Behold a beautiful garden full of flowers, shrubs, and trees. Each flower has a different charm, a peculiar beauty, its own delicious perfume and beautiful colour. The trees too, how varied are they in size, in growth, in foliage—and what different fruits they bear! Yet all these flowers, shrubs and trees spring from the self-same earth, the same sun shines upon them and the same clouds give them rain.
So it is with humanity. It is made up of many races, and its peoples are of different colour, white, black, yellow, brown and red—but they all come from the same God, and all are servants to Him. This diversity among the children of men has unhappily not the same effect as it has among the vegetable creation, where the spirit shown is more harmonious. Among men exists the diversity of animosity, and it is this that causes war and hatred among the different nations of the world.
Abdu'l-Baha. Beauty and Harmony in Diversity, Paris Talks

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