As so many of us observe the awful state of affairs on this planet, we wonder, what can one small person possibly do to help in bringing peace?

The One Thing You Can Do in Bringing Peace to the World

The One Thing You Can Do in Bringing Peace to the World

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Modern society, as we can observe, is inundated in chaos, quarrel, and confusion.

Every time we turn on the TV, we see people killing each other, fighting over position and power, trying to dominate others through fear and intimidation, people starving, people running away from their countries to save their lives, people stealing from others, cheating others and causing pain and suffering.

The list goes on.

We wonder, looking at all of this, what can we, one small person, possibly do to help in bringing peace to the world? 

Yes, our society has made major advancements in science and technology — particularly in the last few decades — yet it has fallen even further into chaos, failing to deliver any semblance of global peace and happiness.

As Martin Luther King Jr. once wisely said:

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men. Click To Tweet

Party Spirit Blindness

Put simply, it’s our inability to accept our differences (let alone reach a place where we can see the wider unity in them, even celebrate them) that lies at the core of our division.

According to our society’s norm, which, despite our collective insistence on seeing ourselves as ‘civilized’, instead of simply ‘still learning and evolving’ (which we undoubtedly are, just as everything is) if someone is not ‘with’ you or your group, then they are (nearly) always taken as someone who is ‘against’ you.

We call this way of thinking “party spirit”.

The idea that each of us belongs to a certain caste, creed, color, designation, group, country, sexuality or belief, and our often righteous insistence on naming, labelling, segregating and thus, competing and comparing, is what’s causing us to fight amongst ourselves.

“There is no knowing. Maybe these things happen for a reason. Maybe they don’t. Either way, if we do not learn to accept them, in one way or another, we will suffer.”

The specific designations and labels that we have accepted as our identity have led us into thinking that, in many cases, those who have different labels are our adversaries — that we are ‘right’ and they are ‘wrong’. Or ‘we have the truth’ and ‘they’re ignorant of it’.

Incredibly, this entrenched manner of viewing the world, this individual and collective unconscious projection actually leads some of us to believe that people who oppose our beliefs, culture, and certain practices or rituals are not only ‘less’ than us, or ‘deficient’ somehow, but in the most extreme cases (but unfortunately not uncommon) not worthy of living. Quite a primitive way of thinking for a so-called ‘advanced’ civilization.

And this party blindness is not conducive to only hate and fear. In many situations, it is also at the core of what we call ‘love‘. And it leads to all kinds of trouble.

All the way from terrible (and sometimes tragic) personal relationships to guru worship, this inability to appreciate and learn from our differences causes continual suffering.

Learning to ‘See’ Again

It is integral to remember that, regardless of the (often vast) differences in our beliefs, we are all human beings sharing one home.

At our essence, we are not black, white, Asian, American, Hispanic or African. Let us all try to understand that we are earthlings and that any conflict between interests can be resolved by accepting that which is given to us according to nature’s arrangement. 

We may not be able to agree with everyone, and everyone may not be able to agree with us, but that is something which we simply, in so many cases, cannot control. If we try to change that fact, then we are trying to control others, and once this starts we end up coming full circle to all of the strife and misery mentioned in the beginning of this article.

By insisting on what we want and imposing it on others, whether directly or passive aggressively, we continue to feed the fire that has engulfed our society for so long. And while we’ve survived so far, it should be obvious to anyone paying attention that we are now coming dangerously close to the edge. 

So it’s time for a different tactic. A more mature one. If we cannot change the world, we must change how we see it.

Let Go or Be Dragged

“Material progress and technological advancement are not bad — they are neutral, just like money is, but it’s the outcome of their use that dictates our maturity as a global society.”

As much as we may like to think we are in control, it is ultimately a fallacy. Time, nature — often even our own experiences — are things we are merely subject to. While this is by no means meant to lead you to a nihilistic conclusion, or any type of victim mentality (indeed, for those who’ve balanced their intellectual and intuitive thinking processes, it can be just the opposite) understanding, and eventually integrating, this very significant truth is the beginning of knowledge and the path to a peaceful life.

There are times when we try everything our mind tells us in an effort to get things to go according to our plan. Yet so often things still ‘fall out of place.’

Sometimes people who are very kind, generous, and welcoming are visited by tragedy, leaving us to ask ‘why did it have to be them? Why not this fellow over there? Why do ‘bad’ things happen to ‘good’ people; why do ‘good’ things happen to ‘bad’ people?’

In so many cases, there is simply no knowing. If you’re spiritually inclined, these things happen for a reason, but often it is far too deep to ever comprehend with our conscious minds. If you’re an atheist, everything is random and has no deeper meaning. Either way, if we do not learn to accept them, in one way or another, we will suffer.

Growing Up, By Helping Ourselves

It’s obvious that continuing on the path that our species is on will only lead to further chaos.

Each of us should carefully consider changing the way we live and the way we think.

What are we doing that we know we shouldn’t be doing? What are we not doing that we know we should be doing? It’s only us that can answer these questions for ourselves.

Material progress and technological advancement are not ‘bad’ — at the most basic of levels they are neutral, just like money is — but it’s the outcome of their use that stands as one of the clearest signals of our maturity as a global society. Aside from all of the well-known detrimental — and in many cases, disastrous — economic, ecological and social effects, this also includes far more than just these ostensible outcomes. When we find skyrocketing levels of depression, anxiety, suicide and mass-shootings even in the so-called ‘civilized’ countries, it’s clear just how truly impoverished our inner emotional states have become.

This of course leads us full circle to the source: ourselves. And the self, as every psychologist knows all too well, and every sage has experienced, remains the one place no one wants to look. Yet the terrible irony therein remains that it is the only place we can ever start. There is no sustainable world without each of us first beginning the work of building a truly sustainable self.

Think about it. Without first addressing the issues in ourselves, and around which much of our lives revolve, that keep us turning away from them and endlessly projecting our negativity outward into the world (not to mention repeating the same mistakes), onto ‘the other’, how we can possibly find the maturity required to learn to accept (and even appreciate) our differences?

Without taking on this level of personal responsibility first, we’ll remain unable to agree on even the most common, core issues — say, a healthy ecosystem and oh, no more starving children — we’ll never get to even the most rudimentary point of simply harnessing our technology in order to achieve those goals.

Thus, the one thing each of us can do to bring peace to the world is to work on ourselves. Of course, as already mentioned, this can be incredibly challenging — not to mention terrifying — when it’s truly considered and not deflected as simply another ego-patch as a form of avoidance. Yet the chasm need not be leapt into head first. It can actually be far simpler, slower and, believe it or not, much more enjoyable than that.

How? By engaging, of course, one of the core themes of this blog: mindfulness. And, again, by doing so humbly and honestly, as an expression of the one thing we can do — not as another identity-adoption affording us a ‘higher place’ on the hierarchal ladder in our minds, whether online or off. If we can learn to change our own ways by simply, slowly, and daily paying attention to them, and really occupying our bodies, we effortlessly end up coming ever more into alignment with ourselves, noticing ‘issues’ as they arise, allowing them to be without attaching to them, and then again noticing at a ‘later’ time how ‘they’ are gone ‘we’ are still here, we slowly become a truly active agent not just for change, but of change.

Live your life and be an example to everyone around you. For us to convince others we, within ourselves, must first be convinced.

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Modern society, as we can observe, is inundated in chaos, quarrel, and confusion.

Every time we turn on the TV, we see people killing each other, fighting over position and power, trying to dominate others through fear and intimidation, people starving, people running away from their countries to save their lives, people stealing from others, cheating others and causing pain and suffering.

The list goes on.

We wonder, looking at all of this, what can we, one small person, possibly do to help in bringing peace to the world? 

Yes, our society has made major advancements in science and technology — particularly in the last few decades — yet it has fallen even further into chaos, failing to deliver any semblance of global peace and happiness.

As Martin Luther King Jr. once wisely said:

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men. Click To Tweet

Party Spirit Blindness

Put simply, it’s our inability to accept our differences (let alone reach a place where we can see the wider unity in them, even celebrate them) that lies at the core of our division.

According to our society’s norm, which, despite our collective insistence on seeing ourselves as ‘civilized’, instead of simply ‘still learning and evolving’ (which we undoubtedly are, just as everything is) if someone is not ‘with’ you or your group, then they are (nearly) always taken as someone who is ‘against’ you.

We call this way of thinking “party spirit”.

The idea that each of us belongs to a certain caste, creed, color, designation, group, country, sexuality or belief, and our often righteous insistence on naming, labelling, segregating and thus, competing and comparing, is what’s causing us to fight amongst ourselves.

“There is no knowing. Maybe these things happen for a reason. Maybe they don’t. Either way, if we do not learn to accept them, in one way or another, we will suffer.”

The specific designations and labels that we have accepted as our identity have led us into thinking that, in many cases, those who have different labels are our adversaries — that we are ‘right’ and they are ‘wrong’. Or ‘we have the truth’ and ‘they’re ignorant of it’.

Incredibly, this entrenched manner of viewing the world, this individual and collective unconscious projection actually leads some of us to believe that people who oppose our beliefs, culture, and certain practices or rituals are not only ‘less’ than us, or ‘deficient’ somehow, but in the most extreme cases (but unfortunately not uncommon) not worthy of living. Quite a primitive way of thinking for a so-called ‘advanced’ civilization.

And this party blindness is not conducive to only hate and fear. In many situations, it is also at the core of what we call ‘love‘. And it leads to all kinds of trouble.

All the way from terrible (and sometimes tragic) personal relationships to guru worship, this inability to appreciate and learn from our differences causes continual suffering.

Learning to ‘See’ Again

It is integral to remember that, regardless of the (often vast) differences in our beliefs, we are all human beings sharing one home.

At our essence, we are not black, white, Asian, American, Hispanic or African. Let us all try to understand that we are earthlings and that any conflict between interests can be resolved by accepting that which is given to us according to nature’s arrangement. 

We may not be able to agree with everyone, and everyone may not be able to agree with us, but that is something which we simply, in so many cases, cannot control. If we try to change that fact, then we are trying to control others, and once this starts we end up coming full circle to all of the strife and misery mentioned in the beginning of this article.

By insisting on what we want and imposing it on others, whether directly or passive aggressively, we continue to feed the fire that has engulfed our society for so long. And while we’ve survived so far, it should be obvious to anyone paying attention that we are now coming dangerously close to the edge. 

So it’s time for a different tactic. A more mature one. If we cannot change the world, we must change how we see it.

Let Go or Be Dragged

“Material progress and technological advancement are not bad — they are neutral, just like money is, but it’s the outcome of their use that dictates our maturity as a global society.”

As much as we may like to think we are in control, it is ultimately a fallacy. Time, nature — often even our own experiences — are things we are merely subject to. While this is by no means meant to lead you to a nihilistic conclusion, or any type of victim mentality (indeed, for those who’ve balanced their intellectual and intuitive thinking processes, it can be just the opposite) understanding, and eventually integrating, this very significant truth is the beginning of knowledge and the path to a peaceful life.

There are times when we try everything our mind tells us in an effort to get things to go according to our plan. Yet so often things still ‘fall out of place.’

Sometimes people who are very kind, generous, and welcoming are visited by tragedy, leaving us to ask ‘why did it have to be them? Why not this fellow over there? Why do ‘bad’ things happen to ‘good’ people; why do ‘good’ things happen to ‘bad’ people?’

In so many cases, there is simply no knowing. If you’re spiritually inclined, these things happen for a reason, but often it is far too deep to ever comprehend with our conscious minds. If you’re an atheist, everything is random and has no deeper meaning. Either way, if we do not learn to accept them, in one way or another, we will suffer.

Growing Up, By Helping Ourselves

It’s obvious that continuing on the path that our species is on will only lead to further chaos.

Each of us should carefully consider changing the way we live and the way we think.

What are we doing that we know we shouldn’t be doing? What are we not doing that we know we should be doing? It’s only us that can answer these questions for ourselves.

Material progress and technological advancement are not ‘bad’ — at the most basic of levels they are neutral, just like money is — but it’s the outcome of their use that stands as one of the clearest signals of our maturity as a global society. Aside from all of the well-known detrimental — and in many cases, disastrous — economic, ecological and social effects, this also includes far more than just these ostensible outcomes. When we find skyrocketing levels of depression, anxiety, suicide and mass-shootings even in the so-called ‘civilized’ countries, it’s clear just how truly impoverished our inner emotional states have become.

This of course leads us full circle to the source: ourselves. And the self, as every psychologist knows all too well, and every sage has experienced, remains the one place no one wants to look. Yet the terrible irony therein remains that it is the only place we can ever start. There is no sustainable world without each of us first beginning the work of building a truly sustainable self.

Think about it. Without first addressing the issues in ourselves, and around which much of our lives revolve, that keep us turning away from them and endlessly projecting our negativity outward into the world (not to mention repeating the same mistakes), onto ‘the other’, how we can possibly find the maturity required to learn to accept (and even appreciate) our differences?

Without taking on this level of personal responsibility first, we’ll remain unable to agree on even the most common, core issues — say, a healthy ecosystem and oh, no more starving children — we’ll never get to even the most rudimentary point of simply harnessing our technology in order to achieve those goals.

Thus, the one thing each of us can do to bring peace to the world is to work on ourselves. Of course, as already mentioned, this can be incredibly challenging — not to mention terrifying — when it’s truly considered and not deflected as simply another ego-patch as a form of avoidance. Yet the chasm need not be leapt into head first. It can actually be far simpler, slower and, believe it or not, much more enjoyable than that.

How? By engaging, of course, one of the core themes of this blog: mindfulness. And, again, by doing so humbly and honestly, as an expression of the one thing we can do — not as another identity-adoption affording us a ‘higher place’ on the hierarchal ladder in our minds, whether online or off. If we can learn to change our own ways by simply, slowly, and daily paying attention to them, and really occupying our bodies, we effortlessly end up coming ever more into alignment with ourselves, noticing ‘issues’ as they arise, allowing them to be without attaching to them, and then again noticing at a ‘later’ time how ‘they’ are gone ‘we’ are still here, we slowly become a truly active agent not just for change, but of change.

Live your life and be an example to everyone around you. For us to convince others we, within ourselves, must first be convinced.

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