“We will fight this.”
But isn’t there enough fighting in the world?
“If you are not angry, you must not actually care.”
But isn’t there enough anger in the world?
Mother Teresa said, “I was once asked why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there.”
Jesus said, “Turn the other cheek.” (In Aramaic, not English, of course.)
I researched a zillion quotes on Peace, so many that I now feel inspired but also have a bit of a digital headache. They all basically come down to this.
“An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.” – Gandhi.
If there is anything that I have learned from my meditation practice, it is this: whether dealing with grouchy children or a political environment, “Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” ~ Victor Frankl (Holocaust survivor whose entire family was slaughtered by the Nazis before he said this profound thing.)
“Yes but…” But what? “Yes but I don’t care. I’m mad and it’s not fair.”
This, my friends, is where the strength of your Will (we capitalize the word Will in the Waldorf tradition because it is so damn important) comes in. We have to use our Will, individually and collectively to create the world we want, not to push away the world we don’t want. Because tell me, what are you fighting for? Peace? That sounds a little crazy, doesn’t it?
And so I ask again…
Isn’t there enough fighting in the world?
“Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.” ― Mother Teresa
Our Facebook friends, I’m pretty sure, know where we stand. If Facebook is our only platform for political or social commentary, we might take the minutes we spend agreeing or arguing and commenting with our like-minded pals instead on calling our elected officials who represent us to let them know where we stand on important votes. Then perhaps their votes will be reflective of our feelings.
We can also organize charity events on behalf of those we feel need our TLC. There is always work to be done on the things we care about. Our concerns are worthy of our own energy. Let’s roll up our sleeves and put our Will to work.
Here are a bunch of the world’s favorite hippies singing about it.