Peace in the Land of War

30 01 2013

Thich Nhat Hanh

It’s easy in this culture to lose perspective. Americans pay quite a bit of lip service to “peace” without doing a whole lot to back it up. We are constantly at war. Our government finds excuses for getting into one military entanglement after another, and the general populace lets them get away with it. People live in such terror of one another that they think they must go armed at all times. Even as some try to preach an end to violence, others rise up in anger, ready to scream, insult and belittle the opposition. Those who say they long for peace of mind seem determined to do everything but that which will bring it.

Some of us within this culture of contradictions, where truth is merely opinion and facts are bought by the pound, still believe that there is a possibility for real understanding. That compassion trumps the need to be right, and real security comes from within, not from a gun or legislated paranoia. We believe in the possibility of human thriving.

The key to sorting out real truth from Faux truth, separating needs from mere wants, is simply taking the time to step back, to take a deep breath, and be aware of what is really going on. Not what the media tells you is going on, and not what the various institutions tell you is important. What you, in your individual life, moment to moment, experience as real, true and important.

Others have much to say on this, and say it as well or better than I could. To that end, I’d like to share with my readers a blog I came across recently and enjoyed, offering a perspective that resonates with me, what I find true, real and important. I invite you to check out Kev Ollier, who in turn shares something he found beautiful and resonant. May it help you find your way through the chaos to genuine peace.

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