Peace Journal

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

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The Family of Humans

You know that your mother and father, your sister and brother, and your children are part of your family. They are the same race, often the same religion, and probably have similar basic beliefs.

We also tend to think of the folks next door as similar to us, or the people we work or go to school or church with. Humans seem to develop significant bonds with people in the same region or country where they live. They wave the same flag and sing the same national anthem. They find comfort and security in people who believe in the same deity.

The Olympics are a good example that we're the same

What did you notice about the Olympics? Did you see how the swimmers looked all alike and swam at almost the same speed? Did you see the synchronized divers? How about the runners racing around the track?

Even though the athletes were from all over the planet, from every corner of the earth, there was a distinct similarity. Same as the spectators, too. People from every nation, culture, and religion are the same when you get right down to it. When you watch the Olympics, it's easy to see that we're all the same.

Sure, there was fierce competition.

What about Sudan, for instance…

The genocide, aka "ethnic cleansing," in Sudan provides a good study in what this is all about.

Friends say, "there must be evil, look at what is happening in Sudan." It's so easy to ascribe dastardly deeds to evil; to say that acts we can't explain are caused by the devil.

But it is also too simple. Blaming rape and killing on evil is a cop out. Saying man is inherently bad is simply a judgment based on one's own limited point of view.

The truth is that the crisis in Sudan is the result of fear.

Heaven Is Everywhere!

Look outside. Look around you.

Watch the trees sway in the breeze. Watch the waves crash onto the shore. See the snow drift down on the treetops.

Study the birds in flight. Gaze at the spider making its web. Pet your dog. Feel the cool water in the stream. Listen to the music.

We live here, so it often seems mundane, even fearful or antagonistic sometimes. But if you were trying to think up a paradise, could you even dream of a place that was as beautiful and unique as this earth? Who could conceive of the beauty and power of storms, the seas, lighting, thunder, or even a baby bird.

War Is Insane

It is time for the world to understand, really understand, that war and killing are completely insane. Many people assume that killing and war and anger and hate are the true nature of humans, and that they are the result of some existing evil among us.

There is no evil. The sole and total cause of all killing and war and anger and hate is fear. People are afraid that this or that will happen to them, and many times this fear comes from a deeper fear that their religion is somehow disrespected or at risk.

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