Humans have been entirely at peace for only 268 of the past 3,400 years - just 8 percent of recorded history.
At least 108 million people were killed in wars in the twentieth century. Estimates for the total number killed in wars throughout all of human history are up to 1 billion.
Anytime we see anyone as “the enemy,” we prevent peace. Anytime we let robotic thinking rule our brain, we prevent peace.
Whenever we allow ourselves to think ethnocentrically and don’t challenge our and their thinking, we prevent peace.
Traditional ways of bringing about peace only create more conflict. We need to change our thinking, and therefore how we act.
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
— Robert Frost, poet
We humans are creatures of habit. We do what we are conditioned to do – what we have been taught to do – and what feels safe to us.
When we get into conflict of some kind, should we act the way we have always acted – or do we want to try something different?
Emergency situations cause people to get out of their mechanical robot-like thinking and act – instead of react. Do we need to wait for an emergency situation to take the road less traveled?
I usually freeze, fight or run away from this person.
There’s a voice in my head saying, “Go away! Don’t do this! Get out of here! Protect yourself from being hurt!” Whenever I talk to this person, I am put down, criticized, upset and angry.
I ask that voice, “Why do I feel threatened? Am I afraid? What am I afraid of? Is the threat real, or have I imagined it?”
I tell that voice, “I have to release myself from the prison of my old conditioned way of thinking!” This primitive way of reasoning in my head isn’t actually peaceful – and makes no sense. Why is that? Isn’t peace the same for everyone? What if it isn’t?”
I let go of my drive to survive. I have insight!
I take the road not taken! My behavior changes!
The key to unlocking our biological hard drive’s control is to ask questions.
Rather than questions based on old conditioning, ask questions that lead to INSIGHT and AWARENESS.
In a heightened state of attention, we can see the danger of conflict!
Every time we are about to act on a hostile conditioned thought – there is the potential to stop and wait before we react in conflict.
The enemy is a dream we’ve created in our brain.
“Wake me up from that dream!”
All things are understandable. If we just look, understanding is there for us to see.
The right questions are like a virus protector. They keep us from continually breaking down and repeating actions we’ve learned but actions that do nothing to help us.
Aldous Huxley, the author of the book, Brave New World, said: “What is absurd and monstrous about war is that men who have no personal quarrel should be trained to murder one another in cold blood.”
There are more than 6,000 different languages in the world. So we cannot all talk with each other.
The fragmentation of the human race, by its very nature, creates conflict, because there are so many different groups in the world.
It’s time for us all to become GLOBAL CITIZENS.
The Earth flag shows us that we are all one – not ideally, not by wishful thinking, but factually, since we share the same earth.
In this Earth flag, you see there are no borders, no made-up barriers, nothing separating us from one another, based on conflicting conditioned thinking that creates war.
The only war that exists is in your head!
Wake up from the dream!
No more false images!
No more enemies!
No more war!