“We often think of peace as the absence of war; that if the powerful countries would reduce their arsenals, we could have peace. But if we look deeply into the weapons, we see our own minds – our prejudices, fears, and ignorance. Even if we transported all the bombs to the moon, the roots of war and the reasons for bombs would still be here, in our hearts and minds, and sooner or later we would make new bombs. Seek to become more aware of what causes anger and separation, and what overcomes them. Root out the violence in your life, and learn to live compassionately and mindfully.”
— Thich Nhat Hanh
This brings up the burning question, which I was reminded of again the other day by a post, and small comment discussion, on Rethinking Life: Does human nature really allow for the possibility of true peace in the world? Sadly, the answer is probably ‘no’, but I choose to believe that we can, individually, make a difference, albeit in a small way, within our own spheres of influence. And one can hope that if enough of us act with respect and compassion, then the sphere gets larger. Maybe we will never see a positive change globally, but perhaps we can help achieve one locally. If nothing else, we will have made our own corner of the universe a better place, and ourselves into better humans.