If Mothers Day was celebrated in Nigeria, would Boko Haram still regard the education and nurturing of children as worthless? Would the value placed on girls and women be different? If Mothers Day was celebrated in Pakistan, Iraq, and other Arab countries would some of the terrorist bombing slow down? Would there be more thought given to who is injured or killed? If Mothers Day was celebrated in the Ukraine would the political unrest there be different?
I think all these could well happen. I do not think Mothers Day is a threat to any religion. Buddhist, Taoist, Moslem, Jew, and Christian all value compassion and kindness. Violence does not hold hands with Mothers Day.
I think Mothers Day causes us to stop and think, to question our feelings towards our mothers. This then flows on to a greater understanding of the lives of others. We then feel less like the centre of the universe and more like one small part of something bigger.
When I look at these photos of some of the mothers in my family I know that these women are valued highly, not just as reproduction machines, but as intelligent compassionate people. They handle challenges and overcome them, speak different languages, travel to far places, run businesses, and love. They do not all live in the same country but they do all live in a society that values them.
So yes, I think Mothers Day really does work. Mothers Day achieves a lot more than a smile in the heart of dear old Mum.