Tuesday, November 6, 2012

A Call for Peace

"Those who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world...
are the ones that do." -Unknown 

We must not only understand our world, we must respect it. There is no greater existence than one of peace, and love. It is not a farfetched or radical idea to believe world peace possible. I have seen it present and active in communities, both human and nonhuman, everywhere I visit. It may be a slow beginning, but as long as we, the collective beings of planet Earth, trek on into the often uncertain future with a spark of hope and embers burning with fiery determination, nothing but good will come from us and our world.

The beings we share the planet with are not that different from us. Emotional, vibrant, and resourceful, the other species we live alongside are treated to the same sunsets and battered by the same storms as we. We, the collective beings of planet Earth, are all consciously moving through the marvelous experience of existence on this planet, and are subject to the same primal government of nature. Harmony exists, if not everywhere, than in most places, and human beings have disrupted much of this harmony and exploited many of the beings and places that thrived in previously harmonious areas.

Our job, our mission, our place, should be peace. A message of respect, love, kindness, and empowerment should come from our hearts and spread to everyone we encounter. We should not discriminate, hate, or ridicule. At our very worst we should be at least attentive. Aware. Paying attention to the drumming of life around and within us, and determined to preserve its current beauty and inspire a grander future.

 "The opposite of life is not death, but indifference." - Elie Wiesel 

We do not exist solitarily on Earth, nor do any other living beings upon soil or within sea. We are all interconnected and we are all citizens of a greater and more blindingly beautiful web of energy that can be described as no less than
L I F E. Through our very cores runs the capacity for a peaceful tomorrow, and this flows within and around all corners of our world. By awakening to the wonderful yet simple truth that Earth is a wildly diverse planet that is very much alive on every square centimeter of its sphere, we will realize that it is our duty to return what we have stolen from our past, present, and future: peace.
By making it both our personal and collective mission to inspire positive change and hope for our world, we may advance and enrich ourselves and our neighbors.

Robert Kennedy once said,
"Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."

By speaking our mind and advocating for the improvement of life for all beings, we are each creating a ripple in the ocean of space&time, and our ripples intersect and combine to create great waves of change. 

The Dalai Lama tells us,
"It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act. There are two aspects to action. One is to overcome the distortions and afflictions of your own mind, that is, in terms of calming and eventually dispelling anger. This is action out of compassion. The other is more social, more public. When something needs to be done in the world to rectify the wrongs, if one is really concerned with benefitting others, one needs to be engaged, involved." 

We MUST act. We MUST speak out. We MUST use our VOICE for CHANGE! Positive change, for us, our environment, and every single living being who is on Planet Earth. "What you do makes a difference,and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make" one of my personal heroes  Jane Goodall says. We are just a dot on the map, a star in the sky, a drop in the sea. But we affect all the other dots, stars, and drops around us, and they the ones around themselves, and so on...if we have such influence on the world around us, shouldn't we strive for positivity and healthy change?

Shouldn't we want to improve our world, not degrade it and its inhabitants?

As beings of peace, we will make Earth a place of hope, not destruction.
We WILL prevail: for as long as we tread lightly and proudly on the path to a peaceful world, we will greet tomorrow’s sun with greater joy than this morning’s, with the knowledge that its shining rays are rising on a better day than the last. 

~Peace always,
Kristina ~