Many of us think about peace being part of our lives as more of a pipe dream or distant possibility rather than a possible reality. Our thinking this way has greatly restricted our possibilities when it comes to how developed as a society we can become. Yes, I believe we’re nowhere near our potential as a society because we refuse to tap into and accept some qualities and options like peace. I know it may sound scary to step into that new world, but when I think about the option of staying where we are doing what we’re doing, and all of the lost potential we have, it tallies up to be even more scary.
Growing up I watched plenty of cartoons in which a villain tried to take over a country or city or world and the good guys or superheros would sweep in to stop them. I know that as long as we’re in this imperfect world with sin there will always be people who will be evil. But that doesn’t mean that more of us can’t do our part in spreading peace rather than damaging others.
As a business owner I’ve met some not so nice people (putting it mildly). They are inconsiderate, rude, impolite, overly aggressive and not professional. They believe it’s their way or the highway and that everyone must conform to them. That’s not what I’m suggesting when we step up to spread peace rather than violence. All I’m asking is that you consider what the result will be of all the fighting around the world right now when it’s over. Do you really think that these people will make their taken-over section of the world a place people want to vacation in if they win? In conquering the land with violence they’re indicating that they have no respect for human life, other people’s beliefs or working together to reach a common goal.
However when we sit down and discuss a plan of action that will peaceably get everyone closer to what they want we all stand a better chance of the world becoming a happier and healthier place.
“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” Martin Luther King, Jr.