By Leslie Turnbull | The Week
The world seems kind of depressing these days, doesn’t it? Implosion in the Middle East. Xenophobia in the West. Greed, terrorism, climate change, terrifying viruses, the 2016 presidential race. It’s enough to make you want to pull the covers over your head and never get out of bed. To which I say, aloha.
During tough times like these, humanity could benefit from this ancient Hawaiian philosophy. Now, most mainland Americans think “aloha” means “hello,” “goodbye,” or sometimes “love,” and all of that is true. But it also means much, much more. The late Haleaka Iolani Pule, a Hawaiian historian and healer, called aloha the “symbiotic relationship and an acknowledgement of that relationship you have with everything in the universe around you, and recognizing exactly what your space within that is.”