Revolutions in consciousness and the desire for peace


Many individuals feel that they are peaceful but that the world exists under the constant threat and burden of others' violence.

I felt this way myself until recently. I thought of myself as a very peaceful person—never having committed an act of physical violence—and I'm sure that, if questioned, friends and acquaintances would have agreed. Somehow, I never bothered to reconcile this perception of myself with the evidence of a rather violent temper that flared up within the family on a fairly regular basis. Over the years I had learned to control the outbursts; but my thinking remained quite violent at these times. This seemed to be a family, and even a cultural, characteristic. Although I disliked it intensely, I accepted it as more or less inevitable.

Yet at the same time I abhorred violence in the world and, like so many others, longed for world peace. And, like so many others, I felt the frustration of thinking that little could be done to bring it about.

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Affections enriched by the Word
May 26, 1986

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