"Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.
Alexander Hamilton

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Let There be Peace on Earth

The world is just not a peaceful place no matter the season.
We see unimaginable acts of terror and violence nearly every day it seems, and then something even worse happens. And then we become numb to the news, accepting even.
The new normal.
As a Christian who will be celebrating the birth of the Prince of Peace on this day with fellow believers around the world, it has become increasingly more difficult to remember this is the real reason for the season. It sure does test ones faith.
No matter your religious beliefs though, we all too often forget that we are all human beings, the same species. Under the various colors of our skin and ethnicity, all around the globe, we are all basically the same.
Maybe its as simple as that. Just remembering that we are not really all that different and accepting that fact. When tragedy occurs somewhere in the world like has recently occurred with the massacre of 147 innocent children in Pakistan, remember that their parents grieve and hurt just the same as anyone else. We should grieve as well . We need to stick together and never forget that we are all in this together.
A bit of a somber message for this very special day, but the world is a very somber and increasingly dangerous place.
I'm optimistic though. There are more of " us" than there are of "them."  Instead of focusing on our differences, how about we seek to find out what we have in common? Maybe, just maybe, we can then truly " increase the peace."


Joe Cormier/jcormier2@myfairpoint.net said...

Dominus Vobiscum ... Bro!

Anonymous said...

Peace on Earth?

"Aren't humans amazing? They kill wildlife - birds, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice and foxes by the million in order to protect their domestic animals and their feed.

Then they kill domestic animals by the billion and eat them. This in turn kills people by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative - and fatal - health conditions like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and cancer.

So then humans spend billions of dollars torturing and killing millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases.

Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals.

Meanwhile, few people recognize the absurdity of humans, who kill so easily and violently, and then plead for 'Peace on Earth.'" C. David Coates


The good news is that anyone can break this cycle of violence. I did and you can too. Each of us has the power to choose compassion. Peace really does begin in the kitchen. Please visit these websites to align your core values with life affirming choices: http://veganvideo.org & http://tryveg.com