by Jerry Alatalo
“War is an invention of the human mind. The human mind can invent peace.”
– NORMAN COUSINS (1912-1990) American editor, writer
“It’ll never happen in our lifetime”.
“Wars have always been a part of life on Earth, and they always will be”.
“Hopefully someday… Have a beer, the game’s about to start”.
“It ain’t gonna happen”.
“People like you who think world peace is possible are looking at the world through rose-colored glasses”.
“There’s too much greed for that to happen”.
hese are just a few examples of replies coming from friends, family and acquaintances of those men and women called the “peacemakers”. Up until here and now in the year of 2015, individuals and groups have put their time and efforts toward creating a new and better world for this and future generations. Something inside of each human being, present the day each person is born on this Earth, yearns for peaceful relations in their personal relationships and between nations.
And what is that “something” inside all, uniting humanity whether conscious of the bond or not, that cannot be measured by a “spirit-o-meter”? Is it a spark of God, Creator, Great Spirit or Allah, or, as some suggest when asserting that “God is love”, perhaps both God and love at the same time? Whatever one’s particular spiritual tradition or beliefs, the idea that every man, woman and child was born with an indwelling quality which results in feelings of sadness, compassion and empathy upon seeing others suffer and experience pain takes the word “awesome”, used often by appreciative young people, to an entirely more intense, emotional and near inexpressible level.
This is a level of awe-awareness experienced by peace workers to various intensities, the intensity level growing as one ages, matures, and first starts seriously thinking about their mortality. Are the actions directed toward bringing an end to situations either at risk for military escalation or already entangled in outright conflict thought of by the peace actors as a way to live on in history books if successful, or are peacemakers in the position where that “something” inside has grown naturally in an unstoppable version of personal, as contrasted to global/collective, evolution?
Is the evolutionary process for those men and women who become more effective and successful peace advocates over time running in parallel with the collective evolution of humanity toward the time when peace on Earth becomes a reality? Some who attempt the role of peacemaker give up and fall away from their endeavors after time and again experiencing disappointment with news of more wars and violence. This becomes understandable when one realizes peacemakers are more prone to directly experience the pain each new military conflict brings. Others somehow manage to carry on their works for peace, able to deal with the powerful natural feelings of compassion, empathy and wanting to do something, anything, to end the pain felt by brothers and sisters even thousands of miles away.
At some point wars and violence will cease on Earth, in exactly the same process each man and women come to the point where they “give up the things of youth”. Just exactly when that point becomes reached and war becomes effectively extinct no person can predict, but let there be no doubt about the fact that it will come to pass one day. And just what are the major factors which, if present, can speed up the process leading to that eventual day of worldwide celebration?
People can come up with a variety of answers in response to that question, and they will all deserve merit, consideration and coöperation among the people of the world to create conditions for those factors to become realized and effective. Yet, one factor stands out above all other meritorious concepts and proposals for creating peace, and that is the inherent-in-all, present at birth through death, spiritual “something” which, ironically, cannot be measured scientifically. Just as individuals become more spiritually aware from birth through adolescence/youth, adulthood, maturity and old age on the inescapable path shared by all toward what some call death and others a transition, if one can compare a single human being to the creation there is a symmetrical quality between the body’s cell makeup and the makeup of the Mother Earth’s human beings.
Wars and violence are for the creation what cancerous cells are for the human body, and some believe both wars and cancers/disease have as their source some form of spiritual disharmony. Is it implausible that spiritual disease is the source of both cancer in human beings and wars and violence for humanity? At the level of individual human beings, is it possible that if one looked upon their fellow brothers and sisters as sacred, along with all living things, cancer could not possibly develop because the person seeing everything as sacred rarely experiences disturbing relationships and “dis-ease”?
History’s most renowned, iconic peacemakers have almost unanimously been spiritual pioneers and teachers. Martin Luther King Jr., Mohandas Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Archbishop Oscar Romero, Jesus Christ, the Buddha, Muhammad, and millions of other men and women peacemakers through history up until today were and are driven by the same inner source of strength available to every person as a birthright.
That “something” is God, love… or both.
Thank then join with men, women and children peacemakers today.