This site has been a healing place for me - I've needed the community of others to discuss my fears, and hear the fears and frustrations of others.
On one of these threads I posted something that surprised me & I'd like to copy it here as the beginning of a discussion on how do we create Peace? Christine Quelch has such a beautiful profile - and I was struck by her thoughts on 'how to create Peace' where she said:
"Without peace, most people are unable to even start to live their lives, or worse still, their lives are destroyed, (not literally, just slowly through never being able to achieve anything meaningful)."
I felt the truth of that - and would like to start a thread focused not on any of the 'reasons' for any of our wars - but a reflection on creating Peace.
This is part of a comment posted on another thread:
'If we really want Peace, then we need to think not about the reasons for this war - but the ways in which we can create Peace. I don't believe Peace is simply removing all the weapons - it is a state of mind that allows us to feel compassion and understanding for that 'hated other'. If all weapons were to suddenly vanish from the earth - the fear anger & hatred would still be present, and this is what is preventing Peace.
Ultimately this question is not about who is "right". It is about whether human beings are capable of fully owning the consequences of their actions - atoning for all the harm we cause others - and then facing our fears & finding if we are capable of loving all the ugliness in ourselves that we project onto others. We need to look into the eyes of that other & find that we can forgive ourselves.
We need each other to find what love is.'