Connecting local responses around the world
Since we are here to explore the common grounding of SALT in the various faiths and philosophies, I would like to share a couple of verses from the Holy Quran that emphasizes the 'L' and 'T' of SALT. The specific Chapter is 103 consisting of three lines, long, and quoted here with comments from Yusuf Ali.
“103: 1. By (the Token of) Time (through the Ages),
An appeal is made to Time as one of the creations of Allah, of which everyone knows something but of which no one can fully explain the exact significance. Time searches out and destroys everything material. No one in secular literature has expressed the tyranny of "never-resting Time" better than Shakespeare in his Sonnets. For example, see Sonnets 5 ("never-resting Time"), 12 ("Nothing 'gainst Time's scythe can make defense"), and 64 ("When I have seen by Time's fell hand defaced, the rich proud cost of outworn buried age"). If we merely run a race against Time, we shall lose. It is the spiritual part of us that conquers Time. See verse 3 below.
103: 2. Verily Man is in loss,
If life be considered under the metaphor of a business bargain, man, by merely attending to his material gains, will lose. When he makes up his day's account in the afternoon, it will show a loss. It will only show profit if he has Faith, leads a good life, and contributes to social welfare by directing and encouraging other people on the Path of Truth and Constancy.
103: 3. Except such as have Faith, and do righteous deeds, and (join together) in the mutual teaching of Truth, and of Patience and Constancy.
Faith is his armour, which wards off the wounds of the material world; and his righteous life is his positive contribution to spiritual ascent.
If he lived only for himself, he would not fulfill his whole duty. Whatever good he has, especially in moral and spiritual life, he must spread among his brethren, so that they may see the Truth and stand by it in patient hope and unshaken constancy amidst all the storm and stress of outer life. For he and they will then have attained Peace within.
The idea is so simple, and straight to apply in both the material and spiritual dimensions of our lives. Whatever little we know that is of benefit to a Community, we join together and contribute to the common pool of our knowledge and work. Is this not learning and linking or the 'L' of SALT? Subsequently, whatever success stories we know or whatever we learn from one community, mankind will be at a loss if we do not transfer 'T' it to another human being, community or people. In this we are exhorted to link 'L' and spread by the mutual teaching of what works, despite all the distractions that may pose hurdles in our pursuit of SALT. Finally we are advised to patiently persevere with constancy on this mission of transferring the common pool of knowledge between the myriad communities of the world.
Hoping to post similar thoughts from the other religions, as and when I come across. Meanwhile, looking forward to your thoughts, and comments, as well as, anything similar that you might have found,