By Selena Richardson
Now is not the time for fear or for
anger. That is not what this
world needs right now. Our world needs an outpouring of peace. We
need to keep peace in our hearts and faith that the peace within
will spread to those around us.
I remember reading somewhere that we will never have peace on
earth, that as long as we protest war and violence we will
continue to have more of the same. That struck me as odd. I
thought that in order to get the message of peace across we had
to raise our voices in protest. But now I see why that isn't
When we are out demonstrating and having protest marches for
peace we are at war ourselves. And we already know that war can
not and does not bring about peace. We've been doing it all
wrong. We've been doing the exact same thing as those we've been
protesting. We can't win that way, not by exchanging one form of
ammunition for another.
We can't force our beliefs and viewpoints on others, even when it
involves global conflicts. Until we realize that we've been doing
this backwards then we don't stand a chance of having peace on
Yes, it is good that this is the first time a war has been
protested before it has even begun. But it hasn't solved anything
because we're still headed on the same course, which is
unfortunately leading us to war. It does show that humanity as a
whole is evolving into a new way of thinking, a new way of doing
things. But unfortunately, we're not there yet - we're close
though. Hopefully when this is all over we will all get it.
Hopefully this will be the last time we have to go through
something like this as an international community.
But we can't go around forcing our viewpoints on others. Why?
Because others believe that they are right. Just as we believe we
are right in our positions. And as long as we keep this mind set
that someone has to be right and someone else has to be wrong
then we're going to have conflicts.
There is no right or wrong. So we need to drop those words out of
our vocabulary. We each create our own reality. What's right for
one person, someone else will view as wrong. We have to learn how
to tolerate the actions of others and stop applying labels and
judgments on what we don't like. Just because we have our own set
of beliefs doesn't mean that it's superior to others or is the
only way of doing things. We may or may not like what our world
leaders are doing right now but they are doing what they believe
We're going to have to keep peace in our hearts. We have to keep
hope alive that this will work out for the best for all involved.
And we have to pray that our world leaders make the best
We can't force them to do what we feel is right. The only thing
we can do is remember that everything happens for a reason. We
may not know what the reason is now but in the future, it will be
made clear. So in the meantime, keep peace in your heart and let
that peace within you cast out your doubts, anger and fears. Keep
your inner peace alive daily and watch it spread around you.