A Peace to End All Wars – Day 321 of 365 Days to a Better You

They called World War I “the war to end all wars.” This was a wrong-headed idea from the beginning. War can never and will never end war. One hundred years later our civilization still buys into the idea that conflict can end conflict. Time and again, this premise has been demonstrated to be false. Yet, we’re still at it.

The truth has forever stared us in the face. Buddha said it 2500 years ago.”For hatred never ceases by hatred. Hatred ceases by love.”

Five hundred years later Jesus counseled, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…”

Yet, here we are still trying quench hatred and violence with hatred and violence. Here we are still cursing each other as enemies.

President Kennedy made a bold and insightful statement nearly 60 years ago. Never has it been more apt than right now. “Mankind must put and end to war or war will put an end to mankind.”

We’ve talked multiple times during our journey together about the need for an empowering foundation and a nourishing environment. War, hatred, and violence are the antithesis of that environment. So, issues of war and peace are fundamental to any personal development we hope to pursue.

Our society is the result of the cumulative thinking of us all. If we have perpetual war, it’s because that’s the mindset that dominates our consciousness as a whole.

Understanding the beneficial nature of peace to our own development, it behooves us to break the conditioning and become tireless advocates for peace and the changed mindsets that can support it.

A peaceful world is more than a nice aspiration. It’s now a prerequisite for human survival and our next steps out into the galaxy. Let us all strive to create a peace to end all wars because that’s all that ever will.

In case no one else reminded you today, you’re awesome!

Ray

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10 Practical Steps to World Peace – Day 65 of 365 Days to a Better You

War and Peace

Most of the posts on this blog focus on personal development. I firmly believe this where we all must begin, if we are to live the life we seek. That said, there are global issues that impact all our ability create the world we envision.

Among the greatest of these issues is war and peace. War is as old as human civilization. The desire for a peaceful world is probably a few moments younger. Human history is littered with self-serving and self-appointed empires seeking to control others. They do it for benevolent reasons and always, always for the betterment of the world. After all, their way is the best way – the way everyone else must follow.

We know about the financial and human cost of war, even if it is regularly hidden from the American and western populace. “Our men and women in uniform” are keeping us safe from the evil hordes beyond the gates. We’re attacking them before they attack us. I’m quite certain this was the argument made by the earliest stone age societies that picked up stones and sticks to battle for the land closest to the river. Have we not evolved? Have we only found more sophisticated reasons and better weapons for destroying each other?

The thing is, we live in a connected world. There are energetic and spiritual effects of perpetual war that impact us all negatively. Just as we are bound by our personal mindsets, we are bound by our collective mindsets. Human being have simply accepted that war is normal and unchangeable.

It is not. That’s a mindset just like I’m not good enough to have that job like or I’ll never make the basketball team. It can change just as those beliefs change. Let us refuse to accept that this source of suffering, chaos, and negativity in the world is “just the way it is.”

You’re probably think, “Ray, that’s great. I agree. How do we do it? What are the practical steps that could get us there?

Here are 10 steps I outlined about 10 years ago. I think they are a great start and we all have role to play in virtually all of them. I’d like to highlight #10. In my mind, it should be a prerequisite for leadership that you advocate for principled peace rather than war for profit.

  1. Live and let live.
  2. Transform religion from a force for division to a force for personal growth and development.
  3. Find a viable replacement for the global war economy.
  4. Respect the rights of every individual.
  5. Respect the needs of the group.
  6. Develop you instead of worrying about everyone else’s flaws.
  7. Find peace within, it will shine without.
  8. Love your neighbor as you love yourself.
  9. Recognize we are really one tiny planet -we’re all in this together.
  10. Demand that leaders and would-be leaders talk beyond labels. Most arguments for war and hate fall apart without the labels.

If only, you might be thinking. I’ll leave you with this story today.

There’s an anonymous story of a man who came upon a meditating sage. The sage looked so peaceful and serene that the man had to know his secret. After a brief conversation, the man said to the sage, “I wish I had your faith so that I could live as you do.”

The old sage smiled and said, “Ah, if you lived as I live, you would have my faith.”

Having a peaceful world is not a wish. It’s the result of each of us and all of us choosing to see our world through different eyes – eyes where peace is the priority. A better you is aided by a better us.

Wishing you a peaceful and prosperous day!

Ray

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