Who Are We?
The OLF is a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) established as a think tank that explores the values shared by people to invest them on initiatives that improve community relations or social cohesion, promote national and global citizenship, encourage environmental sustainability, and challenge barriers to social and environmental harmony.
Therefore, the grand objective of the OLF is to achieve social and environmental sustainability by advancing the role of viable civil societies in: 1- establishing the threshold of moral responsibility by preserving the rights of people (including dignity of the dead and welfare of future generations) and the wellbeing of nature; 2- improving quality interaction between people upon their shared moral values with one another and with nature to achieve social and environmental harmony.
Where Do We Come From?
The OLF is inspired and guided by the belief that humans are one family, sharing one home – earth, and its natural resources to survive. We believe that happiness resides in interacting upon morality and bonding with love.
Love: In general love is the tender attraction of the heart to beauty, glory, perfection, or value wherever they may be. However, the greatest is mutual love, which is happiness. Love is the ultimate motivation and the driving force of our existence and all the good we do.
Happiness: Happiness is reciprocal loving, sharing and caring: you can have it only when you extend it to others.
Happiness is not a direct consequence of possession of things that may lead to it like luxurious houses, wealth, fame, and power; in fact, such gains may corrupt some people.
Justice: Justice in interaction is respect and the abiding of law that preserves the rights of humans and nature; it is the threshold – the lowest level of morality and good conduct that prevents people from corruption. While bonding with love and interacting upon morality and good conduct are the pillars of happiness of all society.
Principles of Morality are consistent in their causal connection with happiness. In this way, their consistency is comparable to the laws of nature. The two sets of regularities function in harmony to maintain the wellbeing of humans and the balance of nature, i.e. morality regulates humans’ social and economic interactions that maintain their wellbeing in conformity with the balance of nature.
Freedom of faith: Despite the belief that religion may be essential for the wellbeing of humankind and the balance of nature, the teachings of all religions maintain the right of people to accept religion willingly or reject it. Therefore, no one has the right to force religion upon people, even if that one is a prophet of God, a religious leader, or a political leader.
A cohesive society is like one person, hence the others become oneself. Its wellbeing resides in bonding with love and avoiding harming and hurting, its freedom is beautified by respect and the absence of any compulsion, and its happiness resides in loving, caring, and sharing.
What Is Our Purpose?
The OLF is established to promote morality and good conduct between people and to reform the worldviews that deviate from conscience, reason, and social common sense.
The OLF views social cohesion as a developmental process that starts with a state of peaceful coexistence between all members of a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural society, and through celebrating this diversity, it develops into a state of harmonious society.
This development requires that everyone observes equity, expresses respect, and promotes the common good with all members of the society regardless of their faith ethnicity, race, colour, gender, sextual orientation, age, disability, or any fragmenting factor.
Social harmony is indispensable for the wellbeing of modern societies. It ensures national peace and cohesion by preserving the diversity of faith, beliefs, and cultures of all communities in a harmonious nation where people colours blend in a beauty to adore, their voices blend in concerns to appreciate, and their views integrate into the common good they love to enact.
Social harmony helps citizens to respect the law and dutifully abide by it, respect the rights and freedoms of everyone, and encourages all people to participate in the national economy and the common good. Eventually, it guarantees equitable and holistic economic development that ensures wellbeing of people and nature.
The OLF invites collaboration with and support of national and international organisations and initiatives that work towards these objectives.