Preferred Perception

to create reality is life's purpose – lessons from Nowheim

World Peace

 

“Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it.”
I don’t know who said that, but it got me thinking. We say we are praying for world peace. What do we really mean by that? Are we praying for a world with no conflict? I know that’s what I had in mind until I read somewhere that no conflict would mean that everybody would think and feel the same way, believe in the same things and have the same desires. Whose thinking? Whose desires? If you asked me, it would be mine. Of course, it would be my neighbor’s if you asked him. The realization was disheartening. World peace was beyond utopic. Was it even possible?
My idea of world peace was misconceived. After reading this quote, I can see that I have been going about it under the wrong premise. There will always be conflict. The way we cope with it determines whether we can have peace or not. Maybe that’s our task for this physical life time. Maybe conflict is even something to be thankful for. It gives us an opportunity to rise above pettiness, jealousy, fear, insecurity and so forth; it can help us grow. Dare I say that life would probably be boring without it?
How do we cope with conflict? The Buddha gives us the obvious answer (which I didn’t see all the time I prayed for world peace): “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.“
We are growing and learning here on Earth and thus contributing to the universe’s expansion. The Buddha reminds us that it is a process that may never get completed while we are focused on this life. But we will be able to taste the fruit we have planted when we refocus on our source. “Everything is changeable, everything appears and disappears; there is no blissful peace until one passes beyond the agony of life and death.”

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