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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Some Thoughts On Peace And War (poetry and art)

     Peace does not come from religions,
      movements or political parties.
      Peace is not a group activity.
      Peace is not the result of law and order or legislation.
      If peace is not inside of you
      there will never be peace outside of you.

Peace is a quality that must come from within.  It is not something which can be mandated from without and it is not something that a group of people agree on.  To have peace on the outside there must be peace on the inside first.  When peace is on the inside it will show itself on the outside.  The process does not work in reverse.

 "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  ... Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us:..." Jesus of Nazareth.

Jesus was not a religious man.  It was the religious folk that hated him because he was not religious.  He understood something about the nature of the human experience that had gotten lost in all the 'right' and 'wrong' characterizations of religion.

What Jesus sought to convey in his teaching of the good news about the Kingdom of God was the fundamental reality that we are all one in God.  Only when the ramifications of being all one in God are understood can inner peace come about. Only when inner peace is achieved by the comprehension that we are all one can outer peace begin to show itself in the world at large. 

I made the video below which I titled Guantanamo.  It depicts the misery of confinement and torture of people.  Both the torturers and the tortured have no peace because peace is not inside of them.  So they wage war and suffer the consequences of the lack of inner peace and the world suffers from endless war.

Poetry, photography, and video 
(C) by David H. Roche 2015

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