Peace Journal

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

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Why is all this Fear stuff Important?

Do you wonder why people kill other people? The answer is fear, always fear.

Why do you think people get so angry? Yep, fear.

Why are people greedy? Why do they lie? Why are folks so afraid they won't have enough money, or power, or love? The answer is fear.

Whenever you say "I'm afraid of ..." or "They're afraid of ..." something, that is fear. Being afraid is fear. Fear is not love. Fear is caused by our limited human condition, by our limitations in what we can perceive. We are afraid of not having love, of not being with god, of dying.

Peace is Ours if We Want It

I don’t think it should be so hard to have peace in our world. Many people believe, or at least accept, that war is inevitable. That’s just a self-fulfilling prophesy.

Throughout history, the human race has believed things that weren’t true, or assumed some things weren’t possible. Everyone thought the earth was flat; they sure were wrong. I don’t think the Founding Fathers could ever have imagined one might travel across the land in a metal machine on wheels and easily go 6o miles in an hour.

The Holiday Spirit

It is so nice around the holidays, during the Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and similar celebrations. We look forward to fellowship, family, friends, and feelings of love.

But many people get depressed during the holidays, even though they want to have that love.

Why?

The holiday spirit is one we certainly would like to have all the time. We do feel generous, and close to others. Our common humanity shines through. We celebrate birth, renewal, and unity.

Of course, there is nothing truly different about this time of year than any other, except how we look at things.

Happy Thanksgiving!

There is so much to be thankful for; the energy of the Universe, this wonderful planet, all living things, our families and friends. Thankfulness is a "love-based" emotion.

The Upcoming Elections; Why are We So Afraid?

The elections are upon us. Both candidates try to make us afraid so we'll vote for them. And, of course, we have plenty to be afraid of: the terrorists, a jobless economy, high taxes, poor health care, rising oil prices, the right to choose life, ineffective alliances, the high cost of many unnecessary drugs, lagging education, gay marriage, the inability to use guns, etc.

Is there anything we're not afraid of? Aren't we even afraid of not being afraid of something?

Although many blame the candidates for fear mongering - and they certainly are - the real issue is the people.

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