Thursday, March 22, 2012

Creating Peace

I realize that creating peace is more complex than we often consider it to be. People, cultures, beliefs all play a part in developing peaceful societies and a peaceful world. I think the difficulty comes when we attempt to find agreement. Many want others to behave and believe as they do or there will be no peace. It is not the beliefs that cause the problems. It is the lack of tolerance for varying views, varying beliefs.

If we could only consider love as Shakespeare so eloquently described it in his Sonnet 116.

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.  ~William Shakespeare

Peace could then be a normal state of being. With this idea, perhaps love and peace can work beyond boundaries, beyond enemy lines...

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