This is of some interest. The idea goes back to Swami Vivekananda and the first "Parliament" in Chicago in 1893: see Wikipedia. This from Vivekananda’s address to the Chicago meeting is very relevant to the world we see today:
"Sectarianism, bigotry, and its horrible descendant, fanaticism, have long possessed this beautiful Earth. They have filled the earth with violence, drenched it often with human blood, destroyed civilization, and sent whole nations to despair. Had it not been for these horrible demons, human society would be far more advanced than it is now."
I came upon all this via an email from someone connected to this movement in the USA; having read my Indigenous Australia page, they wanted to know more about Australian Indigenous poetry, a subject I will attempt to address soon on New Lines from a Floating Life.
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