Is peace possible?
Yesterday was the International Day of Peace. It got me thinking… is peace possible?
It seems “we” talk about world peace often, even claim to strive for it, but how can “we” attain world peace (international peace) when we don’t even have national peace, and in many places, not even local peace, or in some cases peace within families?
These days it seems like we hear about violence somewhere, daily.
• Domestic violence
• Racial violence
• Political violence
• Sexual or physical violence
• Terrorist attacks
And the list could go on. It’s a crazy world.
So, back to the original question. Is peace possible?
I believe peace has to come from the heart. It has to start with forgiveness and end with love. This brings us to a different question… Can all people forgive and love each other? Not in a physical way, but from the heart, in a humanitarian way.
I am blessed to be surrounded by people who try very hard to forgive and love everyone they come in contact with. When you are surrounded by that behavior, it makes it easier to replicate the behavior. I am not naive enough to believe my circle of influence is perfect and can always achieve what they attempt, but they try. I also know that not everyone tries to have love in their hearts for their fellow “man.” Unfortunately, there are some people who actually try to do harm to others, intentionally. It’s sad.
Backtrack to the second question… Can all people forgive and love each other? Unfortunately, I believe the answer is “No.” You see, some people have evil in their hearts instead of love. We cannot force someone to forgive and love others. I wrote a blog, four years ago, on a similar topic. You can read it here.
Now, back to the original question. Is peace possible? Again, I have to say, “No.” As long as there are people who seek to do harm to others, intentionally, we cannot have peace. We cannot control the actions of others. As long as there is prejudice, hatred, and violence, there cannot be peace. We can, however, control our own actions.
We can take personal action to bring peace to our little corner of the world. We can be the peacemaker in our families, in our neighborhoods, and our towns. We can set a peaceful example for others and perhaps help them to see that a peaceful existence is preferable to one filled with violence. Even though international/world peace is likely unattainable, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t strive for it. We should.
Oh, today is the first day of autumn. For all those who enjoy cooler weather and pumpkin everything…
Happy Fall, ya’ll!
*Pam Horton is a Board Certified Advanced Christian Life Coach, in the Raleigh area.*