Peace – At Any Price?

Peace. We pay a price to enjoy peace in our hearts, our homes, our communities, and our countries.

Tens of thousands of Canadians paid that heavy price, defending our own beautiful Canada, and many other countries around the world. They bought us freedom, and peace, with their lives and their service.

We enjoyed that hard-earned peace for a long time.  Now, like many others, I’m concerned about the state of our world.

“The Holocaust also shows us how a combination of events and attitudes can erode a society’s democratic values.”  Tim Holden

There were two things that struck me about this quote:

  1. The Holocaust is a part of recent history, and yet what have we truly learned from it? Millions of people were tortured and killed – for what? So that one man with twisted ideas could raise himself to a position of such power that he engaged so many others in carrying out his horrific acts.
  2. Our attitudes are what can erode anything (that isn’t metal!). Most people just want to have fun and get on with living their lives. Wasn’t that what the non-Jewish people of Europe wanted too? So they carried on with their lives, allowing one person to wreak havoc and mayhem. They eventually paid a heavy price for ignoring what was taking place in their midst.

It’s now August of 2017, over 100 years since the beginning of World War I.  We now face similar issues: hatred and racism to name two. Watch a national news program for ten minutes and your brain will buzz from the overload of violent news and abhorrent rhetoric. Keep watching and you could easily get caught up in it all.

In my humble opinion, what our world really needs is an abundance of love, acceptance and understanding.

The ability of every person to think and speak clearly seems to be lost. Anyone can stand in front of an audience and speak their message, and that is exactly what is happening.

Whatever that message is, be it of love, or hate, there are many who will climb on board the bandwagon. Instant and oftentimes violent reactions and conformity take place immediately, without consideration of what the consequences will be, or what tomorrow will bring.

No one person alone can bring about calm and peace for our planet. However, each one of us can do something, one small thing every day, to bring more love, kindness, acceptance and understanding into our world.

Will you be one of those people?

Will you take a quiet moment out of your busy day to contemplate what it would be like to walk in someone else’s path? Like the downtrodden, the poor, the handicapped, the immigrant, the person struggling with their sexual identity, a member of a different political party, or someone who belongs to a different religion, or none at all. These people want peace too.

Will you be a person who pays a price and courageously works peacefully for peace? Will you choose to engage in meaningful yet difficult conversations?

Yes, you can make a difference.

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