What I want to do, what I am doing now, is working on the dream of world peace.
I am working on making my daily life into a contribution to world peace.
It was hard at first, even mentioning the phrase, “World Peace” even to my close friends and family. One of my best friends at the time said he was really concerned for my well-being. He was worried that I would engage in an unwinnable fight and become disenchanted.
I am working with you. If you are reading this, then somehow you were called to read it. Someone thought you might find it interesting or enraging or both. Someone in your family or your community said, “Check out this crazy world peace virus message”. You and I are intertwined now.
You also called up this message because you are somewhat interested in the idea of world peace. I need to know what that message was to you. Why were you compelled? Urban Myth? Office Meme? Snow Crash? What was is that made this something to continue reading, or start in the first place?
For me, it was the understanding of the Wheel of Pain mixed with sociological fascination, with a dash of optimism.
I am by nature an optimist. I have figured out a way to make that optimism the baseline of my experience with reality. It is the very core. I worked at this, journaling and struggling to understand life, since birth.
I have been trying to make it all make sense since I can remember remembering. I’ve been frustrated time and again by my own inability to cope with the crushing fact of suffering.
But here's the hint:
Misery and suffering are not permanent conditions.
Please take a look at that phrase and believe it.
Further, suffering is a way of life until you decided to leave that way of life.
That’s the rub, right?
That human suffering is the truth of life, at least until you realize there’s a way out of it.
If you think there is no way out, then clearly there is no way out for you.
If you think there is a way out (or in), then there is a possibility.
I believe in the utter possibility of world peace. It’s not a fantasy that I am willing to ever give up. This fantasy is honest and from my heart: I don’t want anyone on this earth to suffer. Ever again.
I feel that by simply saying “I believe in the possibility of world peace”, I anchor myself into the combined world of the Knowledge of Suffering and the Knowledge of Relief of Suffering.
This is another catch, the oneness of all things as mandated from a one Great Spirit is misunderstood a great deal and we simply have to gather ourselves up and make a universal translation for each other.
We are the human race. We are the One People of the Earth. We aren’t monkeys or whales or aliens. We are human beings on planet earth and we are all in this together, exactly equal in weight of soul.
Each person is a person, and people are easy to clearly define. We are homo sapiens hominids, an animal, and we have the capability to have reason, forethought, do long-range planning, are multiple language conversable, dream-savvy, and metacognitive.
We have the right and the duty to use this designation to make ourselves equal in weight of soul. That is to say, any human rights that it is possible to be endowed with are Universal Human Rights.
This is a large thing to grasp and takes entire lifetimes to understand for most.
We are all equal.
It’s the real underpinning of world peace work. The baseline understanding required to truly move the entire human race forward. That is, we are all worthy of moving forward. We are worthy of Heaven on Earth.
This is a troublesome idea for some. That we are all going to “Heaven” and nirvana, no matter who we are. Your choice is to have that here on earth, or wait until you are in some way judged on the path to your death.
The rub (more rubs?) is that your death is most likely unknown to you. Some do know the time of their death in advance. This is a blessing and a curse for most.
Either way, if you don’t know when you will die, then you have to be ready at any time to reconcile your life with your death.
So, if I was addicted to online chat, caffeine, shopping, orgasms, sugar, pain, THC, pleasure, politics, biodiesel, friendships, reconciliation, and progress and had a hard time balancing them all in my life, then I would feel some serious self-hatred at the thought of dying while wasting my time with my addictions.
Since I am or have been addicted to all those things, what does that make me? Unforgivable? No. It just makes it harder on myself, not easier. I don’t always balance those things, (and many of them are pretty wasteful in the proportion that I think I want them). This gives me a huge guilty complex that wastes my life away and I let it do so, until recently.
I feel this overwhelming sense of guilt and stress about not living exactly as I know I should live. I am not doing enough to make my dreams come true, and my dreams are so huge I can barely see the first 1/100th of it at any one time. I am working at it anyway, and will until my death.
World Peace is taking a lot more work than I thought was possible, or necessary. I thought, “if only people knew this one truth, that we’re all equal as humans, world peace (and it’s mystical results) would be just around the corner”. Talk about an exhausting philosophy.
I’m not saying I don’t believe in it, I’m just saying it’s been a huge burden for me.
It’s nearly sacrificial. The trouble is that sometimes I do think in those terms, that I need to make this ultimate sacrifice; I need to offer up my actual life to the cause of this thing.
That was the release.
I am feeling it again as I type it.
The truth is, I am willing to live fully until my death with this dream in my heart. That cannot be taken away from me, regardless of torture or death. I am sacrificing without intending to do so. We are are sacrificing ourselves for our way of life. I take heart in that fact. It equalizes life for me.
This is my internal coping mechanism. This optimism is my salve. It is better than even the best of my addictions, stabilizing and transforming without the side effects. This is the trouble with most of the world; they are okay with the dangerous side effects.
I am an optimist because I looked deeply into myself and realized I was as good as any other person. The same, surely, and even more than that, not worse than any other person.
It’s an odd motto “I’m no worse than you”, instead of its strange cousin, “I’m better than you”.
They are not the same at all, and not opposites despite the desire to make them so. Stay on track...
The deal is:
You and I, whoever you are. I don’t know you, but I know you are worth the same as I am. Despite every single differentiation that you can come up with, we are equal.
Jesus said it, Abraham said it, Mohammed said it, Vishnu says it, and the Great Spirit says it.
One can’t list in one page the different cultures, societies, religions, and creeds that espouse this one thought.
This is the one thought: We are a part of the Great Spirit, [∞].
It means you have the same relationship to [∞] as I do, a one-to-one.
One to One is also One to Many. [∞] to you is the same as [∞] to your brother, sister, friend, enemy.
[∞] wants us all to see ourselves as Equal. It is the big blasphemy of all time, the idea that [∞] wants this or that from us, other than Peace among ourselves. All humans. All animals if at all possible. If you can muster that, then you eat meat less often, and then think about the environment we all live in.
We are all allotted a little spot of sovereignty, our bodies and the souls they contain.
Our body actually belongs to us, no matter what’s inside it.
We are equal, and in the place that we are un-equal, the ability to bear children, we must equalize as much as possible.
To this I say, healthcare is the most important set of policies to move forward on internationally.
All the money we spend on the aftereffects of bad health care can be cut in ¼ if spent in advance of the health care crisis, no matter the crisis.
Women’s health is the start of it all, the original cycle. She bore you, no matter who you are. (Unless test-tubed, I suppose. Hmm.) It’s essential for women to be able to choose whether or not to take a baby inside her to term, into life.
That’s what I believe and that’s why I believe it. For me, it’s all been intertwined since I was 12.
I have not been a perfect kid by any stretch of the imagination. I have lied, I have done people wrong, I have committed usury, I have sinned. I continue to sin, but in more and more circumspection, and less frequency. This is the goal, to work toward less sin.
I figured out the big sin (for myself). The biggest sin is to regard your neighbor (or stranger) as less worthy than you of living.
This comes in direct conflict with the phrase, “Thou Shalt Not Kill” and many other cultural and religious creeds' interpretations of that non-killing directive.
This is then following up on the theme of “I am the Lord your [∞], You shall have no other [∞] but me.”
You (whoever you are) are made in [∞]'s image. Or, you were simply made in your own image, you are a human being. Animals were also made in [∞]’s image, made by [∞] in the first place. Therefore, you are equal. All of you are, all of us are, equal.
"The Ten Commandments", the basis for Christianity and Judaism and all their spawn, are a good idea. Not to be confused with the ONLY idea, but they are a good idea.
Thou shalt not covet is a good idea, isn’t it?
The idea that you should respect your parents, that’s a pretty good idea, right?
These are codified laws for living, and a huge percentage of us humans “believe” in religions that support this basic guide for living.
That’s the key, not the [∞] issue, but the “how do we manage to live on the earth together?” question. That’s the only way, and the cool thing is that if we can finally translate [∞] to ourselves, all the humans, we can agree on some really basic stuff. That makes a path for world peace quickly visible.
True, there are cultures that although they are less in number exert a great deal of force on all other cultures. There are cultures within the human population that actually believe that there is no such thing as equality. They don’t often recognize that we are doing this; we don’t often realize we are doing this.
Any group that believes that it is better than another group intrinsically believes that there is a born-into-ness about being “good” or “evil” or “bad”. This is the simple virus, the Snow Crash.
The basic end result of a group of people who collectively believe that they are worth more than a group or groups of other people, is war.
War is the antithesis of what your [∞] wants you to do with your time. But look how much time and money goes into war. War in all forms. Conflict in general. You and your husband, you and your therapist, you and your computer. Conflict comes from the belief that you are more entitled.
This is the antithesis of progress and peace. It works in the camp of ongoing suffering.
Ongoing suffering is what you get from a concept that your group alone is wise and all other groups are worth conquering.
This is the reason we are fighting a war in Iraq.
We fight in Iraq because we have not handled our energy crisis like adults. We refuse to tell our population that there is a problem, that we don’t have this huge cache of money anymore, we are in real international debt, we are living on a credit card that we put our children into slavery to pay off.
This is misery, this is suffering, and this causes others to suffer.
There is no need to kill other people if you can communicate with them honestly. You’ll find out the answer that is known already: We are all equal.
There is a base of goodness and rightness that you cannot escape. You can be deaf, blind, green, young, dead, or missing all your limbs. You are still the same in your core, your soul.
The soul is real; it’s the sacred mystical place that you are built upon, your core. The soul is the deep place that cannot be sullied. People have gone to great lengths to ignore this fact. That all souls are equal. That makes all people equal.
It’s not as kooky as you’ve been lead to believe.
It’s not new-age. It’s logical spiritualism.
It just makes sense to join the largest group you can, and I think the best place to start.
Start with equality and move out from there.
“We are all [∞]’s Children”.
Pretty direct stuff. The rest has to be aligned with this first thought.
If you believe in the concept of Genesis, that there was nothing and then something, called into being by an already existing [∞], then you will eventually arrive at “we’re all equal”.
I know of pretty much just my own experience of the world, but this is it.
I am optimistic, I am a sinner, and I am convinced that World Peace is worth living for.