Where do peace and stability come from? That is the question.
On Sunday I met with some local writers for what I call writing practice. We do this every week. Lots of fun! This week we did the first exercise from Take Ten for Writers: 1000 writing exercises to build momentum in just 10 minutes a day, a book I gave to the group for Christmas. Great investment – so far we’re loving it. The assignment stretched my normal writing abilities by taking me out of my comfort zone, and soon I reached an insight about peace and stability – something I needed to understand, for my personal life.
The exercise involved writing from the point of view of a star ship captain. We had to write a ten word message to send to headquarters, then a journal entry. In my journal entry I mentioned a certain blue and white planet whose inhabitants are waging wars – a place where there’s no peace or stability, where danger is always present. Then it came to me that living in constant danger teaches us that peace and stability come from within. If we have that grounding inside, it doesn’t perpetually traumatize us to be surrounded by the opposite, lack thereof.
I’m still advocating peace on earth, but realistically we can’t expect to be able to live life in total harmony all the time. Even after peace is established and all wars eradicated, there will still be difficult people to interact with. It is said that about one out of twenty-five people is sociopathic and many are verbally abusive. These will be problems for people of the future to deal with; right now I believe we need to focus on ending wars – so that people don’t have their lives and loves wiped out by bombs. Also – as many know – I have an issue about government abuse of families, near and dear to my heart. And there are many other issues… so many reasons people suffer.
We who want freedom must work toward helping others be free. United we stand, divided we fall. As true now as it ever was.