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Archive >> July 2007
file under: common sense 31 Jul 2007 5:51 PM
War and Peace Posted by Nissim Dahan

Let me ask you this: What do you think is harder, waging war, or making peace? Here’s my take on it. As hard as it is to wage war, making peace is a lot harder. It is harder because in war, you fight for what you believe in, and we all feel pretty good about fighting for what we believe in.

 

For peace, however, you often have to give up some of what you believe in, for the sake of a greater truth, a truth you can believe in even more, like the welfare of your children, and the survival of generations to follow. And giving up what we believe in, even for a greater truth, is not easy. It’s like giving up a part of ourselves. It can feel a bit uncomfortable, to say the least. As if we are betraying who we are as a people. But such is often the path of common sense, and such is the path we are duty bound to follow, if we are to make sense of our lives.

 

For peace to happen we have to step out of the box that is us - to get over ourselves, and beyond our differences. Yes we may believe in this and that. And yes we may be prepared to kill and die for what we believe in. Fine. But folks, it’s time, before time runs out, to get over ourselves. It’s time to think outside the box that is us.

 

Think that maybe, just maybe, there is a truth that is even greater than what you happen to believe in. There is common sense, and common sense tells us that we were put here on this good earth to live - not to kill, and not to die, before our time.

 

Get over yourselves, and beyond what you happen to believe in, and grasp the ultimate truth that resides within you - the truth that you are a part of and that is a part of you. Get over yourselves and beyond your differences, and come together on what you know to be true, on what makes sense to you.