Our whole society is based on conflict
What is thunderous, not lukewarm, peace? It is a transformative response to conflict, one which changes the conflict situation at the root. To find it we must raise ourselves to the highest possible pitch of our nature.
Tepid peace is the result of force, balancing and restraining opposing interests. Changing the presuppositions is ninety-nine percent of the work. When we are finally ready for profound peace there won’t be any need for war, nor any chance of it.
We live in civil society, a society of law and order. This produces a false, lukewarm peace. It is the balancing and restraining of opposing interests. What is thunderous, not lukewarm, peace? To find it we must raise ourselves to the highest possible pitch of our nature.
Let us become capable of peace, by changing the conflict situation at the root. Let us disassemble the reptilian reflexes, the pleasure in revenge, the glorification of success.
Peace means living in a way that the other person is as important as you. Peace means holding conflicting ideas in your mind at the same time. Give up the ‘peace process’. Stop the stopgap measures. Begin on the inside. Include the whole. Tackle conflict itself.
Deep peace depends on activating our latent capacity for peace-making. While we still have time, let us become capable of peace and make peace in ourselves. Let us disassemble the reptilian reflexes, the glorification of success, the pleasure in revenge, the glorification of status. Let the healing medicine work its way in. Let the beauty descend.
“War is the spectacular and bloody projection of our everyday life.”