What a Wonderful World it Would Be - Part 2
“Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Martin Luther King Jnr
OK so once you’ve given up on the notion of being a powerless victim and have decided that you’d like to have a say in the World and the creation of our collective future next step is to decide the most important issues.
In talking with the Uni students I mentioned in the last post, at the top of the list was War followed by Climate Change in a close second.
Let’s start with War then.
So pull on your idealist hat and imagine the World as you would wish it to be…
Surely NO WAR would be an ideal to aim for. NO WAR in Israel/Palestine. NO WAR in Iraq. NO WAR in Afghanistan. NO WAR in Africa. NO WAR in the World!
“Imagine all the people.
Living life in peace.”
So – can you? I mean can you imagine all the people living life in peace?
My Uni students couldn’t…
They said they’d like to – “But what about terrorists?” they asked “What about bad people?”
Ah yes – good old FEAR ! – FEAR of the consequences…
Put that idealist hat back on!
From a Values based idealist perspective, War ties into violence, oppression, control. By seeking to oppress and control people through violence it violates their right to freedom and self determination.
“But some people SHOULD be controlled!” I hear you scream.
And here lies the rub… You see if we had complete faith in human nature then we could stand in the space of “Everyone wants to live in peace and harmony – given the right opportunity”
From a FEAR based perspective I’ve got to admit that I kind of like the whole idea of some global elite running the show and keeping all of the BAD people under CONTROL.
But then again, that totally blows apart the whole notion of equality and the ability of ALL of us to ascend spiritually.
“We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”
In one of Carlos Castaneda’s books the old sorcerer Don Juan suggests that a Warrior should never defend one’s self only protect one’s self. It’s a fine line – stand up for your ideals but don’t just blindly REACT to someone else’s taunts.
From an energy – Quantum Physics/Shamanic Manifestation – perspective it’s interesting because if we can’t hold the dream – the belief – then we can’t create it.
As long as we buy into the notion that a World free of War isn’t possible then we can’t and won’t create it. But wouldn’t you like to live in it? And, wouldn’t you like your kids and grandkids to live in it?
“We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.”
Marion Wright Edelman
So – back to Change the World Step 1
Remember Values are about Head – Hand – Heart
Thinking to Doing to BEING.
Hold a Vision of a World where there is NO WAR only peace.
You are not powerless. You are not a victim.
Drop the crappy story that starts with “If only… then I could…”
Be courageous enough to embrace the POSSIBILITY. You, me, WE - DON’T need to know HOW - WE just need to begin to BELIEVE.
Next – DO PEACE – go back to the post ‘Creating a Circle of Honour’. Eliminate oppression, violence, aggression, control through FEAR of the consequences – from your circle and from your life. Make sure you don’t support violence, oppression and War in any way whatsoever. Don’t work for companies that make guns or bombs, don’t inadvertently invest in them through your bank or retirement funds
Then – BE PEACE.
You, me, WE – BE PEACE.
What a wonderful world it would be!