A sane way to world peace is for every human being on the planet to own the violence within themselves. To have no need to create enemies to project their violence onto. No need to create scapegoats for what we refuse to own within ourselves.
What perpetuates violence is the foolish notion that ‘those people’ are violent and we’re not. Individuals do this. Nations do this. This personal and collective disowning of our own violence has brought our planet to the brink of disaster. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Our very survival right now depends on us doing something different.
Personal and world peace is found not in the denial of our violence but in the embracing of it. What you love can transform into love, what you resist persists.
Do you want peace in your mind? Your world? Your home? Your workplace? Are you serious enough about this desire to play a part in creating it? To question what you’ve been taught by those who have a vested interest in maintaining differences between people?
If so, whatever it is that you’re accusing ‘them’ of, look deep inside your own heart and ask “Where do I do that? How am I like that?” Whatever the quality or behaviour you dislike in another is, become awake and aware enough to see it in yourself, and to love it within you.
Hold the thought with everyone you encounter “All that you are, I am”. You’ll find in each day if you look; love, courage, incredible vulnerability, faith, hope, despair, greed, hatred, violence and everything in between.
Each time you own your own violence, your aggression, your hatred, embracing it all with love, you take a step towards experiencing true peace within yourself and your world. And you’ll sleep better.