Peace Journal

This web log is written by Jefferson Glassie, author of Peace and Forgiveness, published by Peace Evolutions, LLC.

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Many Religions Are Based on Fear

We all want to believe that our own religion is based on goodness, truth, unity, and love. That is what most religions ostensibly teach. However, this message is undermined by the fact that most religions are actually based on fear.

How could this be true? you ask. My religion preaches "love your neighbor" and "forgive," you say. But underlying these religions is the ultimate fear: that you are separate from god and that you may be separated from him forever if you don't obey his laws.

The Long Term Effects of Fear - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

American troops come home from the war in Iraq, many with shrapnel wounds and lost limbs. But in many ways a more significant injury is called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”). The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has a National Center for PTSD, which says on its website:

PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of life-threatening events such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or violent personal assaults like rape.

Pure Life

They have a saying in Costa Rica: “Pura Vida.” Pure Life.

This does not mean good or bad life, or holy or evil life. It does not mean religious or atheistic life. It does not judge life.

Pure Life just means: enjoy this life in all its richness. It may be hot, or rainy. Enjoy it. The wind may blow or not. It might be cold and icy, with snow-showers.

Fear Causes All Conflict Among Humans

Nature has dealt us many tough blows recently. Hurricanes killed thousands and displaced hundreds of thousands of both our human kin and animal friends. A devastating earthquake in Pakistan obliterated towns and killed tens of thousands in one fell swoop. Mudslides in Guatemala killed hundreds.

With all this going on, we don’t need to kill each other.

Yet, humans continue to make war and murder each other at staggering rates. In the Twentieth Century, it’s reported that we killed one hundred million of us. Those murders didn’t happen because of natural disasters.

Love, From Katrina

The images of Katrina's visit to the United States southern shore are staggering. The power of nature is infinite. Yet, the same energy in Katrina is in us. So, our energy is also infinite.

The energy manifests itself in countless ways in our world, on this planet, constantly. The results of such manifestations are many, but they are not inherently good or bad.

From the perspective of the Universe, Katrina was simply an energy form that had effects on our planet. We are the same; we have staggering effects on our planet.

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