We each have a role in world peace

Originally appeared on spirituality.com

There’s a song I like called “Let There Be Peace on Earth” by Jill Jackson and Sy Miller. Its message is simple: that each of us has an individual responsibility to work toward peace within ourselves so there can be peace in the world. The song speaks deeply and directly to our yearning to live in peace and serenity.

But is this actually possible? Is it practical? I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently. Daily TV news reports and newspaper headlines imply that peace is simply not achievable. The reasons are legion: religious differences, centuries-old hatreds, envy between peoples and nations, aggression, greed. The list goes on and on.

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