Peace, Peace, When There Is No Peace: Why Not? There Could Be!
(Mike DePung — Post 27)
I ran across one something on Facebook, that made me look up the following. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the two-term 34th president of the United States, said this about peace:
“I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.”
Please allow me to try and make the connections clear. When we hear our hearts and come to identify that core self, that I am, that essential self, we seek to express that to the world. We do that because when we learn self, we develop passions which lead to purpose and vision which lead to mission which leads to actions. We share ourselves with others, and we experience love of self and significance: we matter. Then, we don’t operate in anger and negativity, seeking to tilt against some fearful, nameless dread. We know — well, a whole host of things.
What I know is this: people whose purpose and vision is to obliterate, hurt, demean, subjugate, and control their fellow-creatures on this earth do not know self and are not listening to their hearts. And I mean any individual or group, no matter what injustices have been suffered on either side of any issue. Blustering egos and self-righteous shit do no one any good.
Yes, I know that decisions need to be made and actions taken when those who don’t follow their own hearts try to force their false ego conceptions on us, but that only calls for more dependence on listening to our own hearts. I do not want and will not support any possible leaders who are under the influence of their egos and not their hearts. The rhetoric always gives it away. I wish them well, I wish them peace, but I do not wish them leadership.
When enough of us hear our hearts, peace will reign. Idealistic? Don’t care. I choose it, I claim it, I want it. Does that make it so? Doesn’t matter. Responding with ego to other egos solves nothing. Let me be plain here. To say ridiculous shit like we will blow those terrorists or anybody like them to smithereens because they hurt us — not the heart speaking. Lists of injustices that are perpetuated and used to create continued tensions between religious, cultural, or ethnic groups — either side — not the heart speaking. Fill in the blanks and enough said.
Yes, I know Eisenhower’s history and some of his other quotes, but ultimately, he chose an unhindered freedom and peace for his model, his wish. He sniffed out the bullshit and addressed it, I feel, from his heart. No human being is perfect or free from false ego rationalizations. But leaders cannot be chosen whose primary mode of operation derives from ego. Hear our own heart, listen, walk in purpose, peace, and significance. My desire is that we all matter to one another. I write this because you matter to me.
Onward and upward!