Peace and Anti-War
Everyone has to practice nonviolence. Everyone. From the people on the streets to the police, to church ministers and parents, but also our media spokespeople and elected officials. Including the president. And the military. Everyone, everywhere. The days of war, killing, shootings, bombings, torture, executions and nuclear weapons are coming to an end. The days of violence are over. Everyone has to practice nonviolence. That is our only future–if we are to have a future.
There are less than one million people, world-wide, who wish to maintain the present system of exploitation. There are 6.9 billion of us. Numbers difficult to grasp so let me re-state it so: For every one of “them”, there are nearly seven thousand of us! The minute we act together is the same minute in which their system of exploitation will cease to exist. This is why “they” spend billions on black propaganda and carefully staged acts of terror aimed at dividing us against ourselves…Once we grasp, however, that it is not WE who are doing these things but that we are ALL victims of the self-same theatrical propaganda campaign then it becomes much easier to solve the problem. When we all grasp that we have been conned into believing that any particular group, nation or whatever is “out to get us” and that the only ones who are truly out to get us are the self-appointed “elite” who’ve been exploiting us all along then we can act together to eliminate our sorrows at their source.
As you are likely aware, some of the people in power (or as I prefer to say “like to think they are in power”) never seem satisfied with what they have. They are obsessed with making money and gaining even more power, and asserting control. Think of these people as the ones who like: the Trans-Pacific Partnership; endless wars (because they make money and get laws passed that get them more control); and knowing everything about you and controlling everything you do. This is part of the “Patriarchal” mentality that has been with us for quite some time. This energy transmission/prayer seeks to go against those efforts. Most of us, irrespective of our religious beliefs or level of commitment to one or another religion, know how to pray. You have likely prayed for yourself and your loved ones at one time or another in your life. Hopefully, you have made prayer a regular part of your life.
Empathy allows us to make a psychic and emotional connection with another person, to actually enter into their mind-space. The separateness between you and the other person fades away. Your ‘self-boundary’ melts away, so that in a sense – or to an extent – you become them.
Last week, imprisoned American pastor Saeed Abedini was able to see his father while in an Iranian prison, and the two were able to pray and worship together for hours without intervention, according to his wife Naghmeh.
The thing is, whether apart or together, peace can only come if we are willing – truly willing – to see, hear and feel the other person. And remember, being ‘right’ offers no peace. Understanding the other person however, does.
In the wake of last week’s attack on a Copenhagen synagogue, a group of young Muslims in Norway have organized a Shabbat “Ring of Peace” around an Oslo synagogue to, in the words of its 17-year-old organizer, “extinguish the prejudices people have against Jews and against Muslims.”
The “We refuse to be enemies” movement has the participation of Arabs, Israelis and Israeli Arabs united in their longing for peace. The slogan has turned into an international social media campaign against the unnecessary deaths in the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the need for peace in the region.
It’s shocking that it even has to be said, but apparently it does: “All Lives Matter.” Not just black lives or police lives. All murder is bad. There is no morally authorized form of premeditated murder no matter what story you tell yourself.
A study finds that confessions are four times more likely when interrogators adopt a respectful stance toward detainees and build rapport, instead of torturing.
I’m Easy. Well, not THAT kind of easy … although, in my 20’s… 😉 For a long time now I have been noticing that we reward ‘all that is difficult’. Like, “I studied hard for that exam” and, “It was a rough week” and, “I pulled an all nighter to get this project together for […]