Bliss is peace without the need of power. Terror is power without the thought of peace. ~Magi Aata
Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, established the awards in his 1895 will. He left only vague instructions, dedicating the peace prize to people who have worked for “fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”
What is so frightening about the idea of peace? What is so frightening about the paths of the Abrahamic Faiths; the Muslim, the Jew, and the Christian living peacefully functional co – existent lives? What is so frightening about the Indigenous Peoples, the Pagans, the Hindu, the Wiccan, the Vodun, and other approaches to appreciating Creator and Creation living peacefully functional co – existent lives? You can give peace a chance beginning right where you are.
What is so frightening about the Arab and the Israeli, the People of Pakistan and the People of India at Cashmir, China and the Dalai Lama, Northern Ireland and England, the dictators of Myanmar and Aung San Suu Kyi, Al Qaeda and the rest of the world living peacefully functional co – existent lives? You can give peace a chance beginning right where you are.
What is so frightening about law enforcement people and the people served and protected, light people of color and dark people of color, rich people and poor people, heterosexual people, bi – sexual people, homosexual people, and transgendered people, big people and small people, educated people and illiterate people, day people and night people living peacefully functional co – existent lives? You can give peace a chance beginning right where you are.
What is so frightening about adult people and children people, older people and younger people, the officer people and the enlisted people, people with homes and homeless people, agnostic people and atheist people, producer people and consumer people, politician people and prostitute people, employed people and unemployed people, superordinates and subordinates living peacefully functional co – existent lives? You can give peace a chance beginning right where you are.
The answer to these questions lies in the intrinsic human need to think of oneself and one’s group as qualitatively better than all others. Traditionally, human cultural in all contexts operates from the premise that to be equal to means to be greater than.
Some establish this as a preference instituted by the Creative Designer of the Universe. No other authority is necessary after that. Once that decision of master image is made and in place, conquest is the path to supremacist dominance.
The only thing necessary is the power to bring others to their knees politically and economically such that they have no choice but submit. To date, no one has such absolute power and so humans fight for physical and emotional territory, physical and emotional dominance, and physical and emotional supremacy. This is the premise of all emotional human illness on both the micro and macro level.
Why is peace so frightening to many? It is because it means that the commonness of humanity and the Earth is to be shared. What a frightening idea! You can give peace a chance beginning right where you are.
Rodney King asked during the riots of Los Angeles after four policemen that beat him were acquitted, “Can’t we just all get along?? John Lennon penned and sang from his and Yoko Ono’s honeymoon bed, “All we are saying is give peace a chance.”
At the conclusion of Alfred Nobel’s life, he left to all of humanity a worthy consideration. The inventor of dynamite, a Swedish industrialist, directed that a peace prize should be given to people working for harmony among nations. He advocated the abolition and reduction of armed forces. He called for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s (A Nobel Laureate for Peace in 1964) people of good will to convene and promote peace congresses.”
Victor Hugo said, “There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” When would now be a better time for the realization of Nobel’s noble idea? Peace is an idea whose time has fully come. You can give peace a chance beginning right where you are.