Saturday, February 27, 2016

Peace and Faith

Packing up a few belongings after your entire home/town has been destroyed and walking into the complete unknown is rarely a choice people want to make. However when your entire home has been destroyed there is often only the choice of stay and die or leave and maybe live, what choice is there? Some do stay which means they will have to fight every second for everything. When the decision is made to leave there is a hope of food and security in refugee camps. Of course when the destination of the refugee camp is made your thoughts of food and security are changed and basic life existence is quickly understood. In all of this rests the unrelenting capacity of faith and peace. Each of us strive to succeed in obtaining peace. Peace is the singular goal of every person alive. This faith we all share and yet we have so many methods of getting there. Some of us believe that if we kill enough people, eventually we will get rid of those that are stopping us from obtaining peace. Some of us believe that if we segregate the right people then peace will take hold. Ironically almost every religious icon has been hated by some. For example Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, Vishnu and Buddha have all had enemies and these are the pillars of faith that we have today. So if these foundational prophets or gods have enemies what does that indicate for us? Before everyone gives up we must realize that each of those mentioned above preached the need for individuals to reach their own peace first. That is the apex of all our troubles. We have gotten wrapped up in forcing others how to live. The path to peace is through the individual finding peace in everything. Anger is an emotion that tells you where you have to change. Not how others have to change. Frustration is an emotion that tells us where we have more work to accomplish with ourselves. Suppressing others is our own insecurities being imposed upon others. Instead of suppressing someone or hating someone, seek to change your own understanding of the world. That is the path to peace. When you feel such emotions look for what that is telling you about your own life. The moment you try to justify actions or thoughts towards another you have given up on being a peaceful person. This is where faith takes a major role. Each of us have to trust in ourselves to remain focused on peace. If anyone breaks that focus within themselves the entire world of peace is broken. Peace relies on each of us to remain focused. We must retain the faith of peace within to achieve peace without.

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