Posted September 11, 2013
by Jerry Alatalo
When we consider all the time and effort spent by men and women – even children – to learn about what was really happening, why it was happening, and everything having to do with the Syrian crisis, we realize it is unprecedented.
The reason people all over this Earth, in every country and region, have spent, and are now spending, their time and effort to know the truth, is that people everywhere have had enough of lies, manipulations and wars. There is a sense among all people that it is time for a new way of living on this Earth – that wars, violence, greed and hate are no longer acceptable.
And because of that sense people all over the world are pushing as hard as possible to change things for the better, for all people. This push is almost an unconscious action which takes place without even thinking about the real reasons for doing it. We have all heard of those who rose to the occasion when a fellow human being was in a dangerous situation.
Probably the most well-known example of this rising to the occasion is when a son or daughter becomes pinned beneath a car, and the mother of the child exhibits super-human strength to lift the vehicle to save the life of the child. Other examples abound where even complete strangers come to the aid of a fellow human being who is in need of help, where the man or woman risks their life to save the other.
Can we imagine the herculean effort, the time spent by men and women all over the world, to do something, anything, to prevent escalation of violence in the country of Syria? I mean, just ponder what has occurred all around the planet in the last three weeks, since August 20. Take a moment and try to estimate how many people have made an effort for peace. Try to imagine the faces of every man, woman and child on Earth who has made such an effort since August 21, 2013.
Millions, perhaps billions of people have joined together for one cause: peace between human beings on the planet we call Earth. And why? Because fellow human beings were in harm’s way and many millions are suffering because man has yet to learn how to turn swords into plowshares – to live as one.
When we think deeply about a human being making an effort to help his or her fellow-man in a time of risk and danger, we become overwhelmed by the whole set of issues, circumstances and situations that humanity faces together. Our emotions become pulled this way and that, in every direction, violently and quietly, sometimes to the point of exhaustion – ready to give up the fight.
Then something happens on a planetary level which gives people the strength to keep on keeping on, to resume the good fight, the fight for love, peace and brotherhood among all people everywhere, in every country. Our eyes, which have become cloudy through the shedding of tears for those innocents trapped in horrific conditions not of their making, become clear again, and see that there is no stopping now, no turning back on the path which leads to peace on Earth.
We find that we are re-energized and ready to take up the good fight, and fight it all the way to completion. For this is the wish, the will of every human being on this Earth: to live a good life free from war, greed and hatred. When we think about what is possible, during our quiet times devoted to contemplation and introspection, the reason and mind which the Creator gave us successfully identifies the thoughts, words and actions to move forward in a good way.
During those quiet times of contemplation we may have thoughts of the possibilities of humanity. We ask ourselves if it is really, truly possible for the human race to agree to end wars and killings, or is this somewhere down the road, maybe generations from now?
We wonder if it is possible that humanity will create a world where everyone realizes the oneness of all people, all life, and all things, and that to harm another is only to harm one’s self. We wonder if it could come in our lifetime, in the here and now. We can visualize such a world in our God-given minds and imaginations. We come to understand that this type of world is what everyone wants and deserves to live in; that if this generation created such a world then future generations would also have a good life.
Then we start to think of the true meaning of love…
- Prayers for Syria (interruptingthesilence.com)
- Letter of Pope Francis to Vladimir Putin dealing with Syria, by Pope Francis (voltairenet.org)
- What’s at stake in Syria response? Human life and America’s credibility. (washingtonpost.com)
- Syria mounts “human shield” operation with help from international activists (legalinsurrection.com)
- Censored By U.S. Media: Syrian Parliament Letter To The US House Of Representatives (infiniteunknown.net)
- Let Peace, Love and Prayer light the way for the Syria Crisis (positiveprovocations.com)
- At the Vatican and in Washington, peace in Syria gets a chance (washingtonpost.com)
- Pope makes plea against attacking Syria (theguardian.com)
- Will U.S. action in Syria hasten the extinction of Christianity in the Middle East? (washingtonpost.com)