When we hate someone we are engaging in war. We might describe this war as a dispute, a vendetta, a retaliation or a feud. But when you get enough people feeling the same way not about another individual but about a group of similar individuals you now have a full fledged war with rockets and drone planes and assault rifles and atomic weapons on your hands.
In other words, what we call war is merely the aggregate expression of the anger and hatred of a collection of individuals towards another collection of individuals. So to stop having wars, we each of us, have to stop being hateful. Of course, this is easier said than done and if I had invented the magic pill to enable us to do that I would certainly be the most lauded person on our little pebble in space.
Let me say that I earnestly believe that we must each do our part to bring peace to our world. We cannot leave it up to anyone else because there is no one else who’s actions we can control other than our own. And if we don’t set a peaceful example through our dealings with others, our words are mere rhetoric and unabashed sophistry.
This is an example of the fundamental principle of taking responsibility for our actions. The same principle applies to everything in our lives – whether we are willing to admit that or not. As long as we are in denial about where both the praise should be offered and the blame should be placed, we primarily do ourselves a disservice but it is one which also affects our friends, our families, our neighbors and, ultimately, the entire world.
I am now nearing my 500th post in a little more than a year. I happened to look through the statistics of the tags I have used in these posts which were most frequently used in searches by prospective readers. I thought the list was interesting. The top searches were:
Apparently, there are at least a few of us who are grappling to find answers to many of the complex issues which we confront – and which, in large measure we have caused.
If we do not approach our lives with a standard of values, it is hard to claim responsibility for our successes but easy to dismiss our failures.
If we do not approach our activities using basic common sense we arrive at solutions which simply don’t work.
If we do not have an attitude of caring and compassion, it is easy to find the fault in another while ignoring our own failings.
And if we are not honest, we have simply built our lives into a house of cards that will inevitably fall, often taking down those around us as well as ourselves.
Making choices can sometimes be difficult. But if you think about this one, it really is quite simple.
Would you choose death or life? Do you choose war or peace?