World Peace Letter

by Michael Robins

I write this in hopes that it may bring more comfort, balance, and peace to individuals in the world. The recent shocking assaults on Americans have created unspeakable pain, confusion, and turmoil. We are at a great crossroads where what we think and do individually and collectively is critical. The stakes are high. I write this because I am hearing so many strong voices of anger, defiance, and retaliation. These responses are natural and understandable, and I am not judging those who are making them.

However, I want to put forth another perspective. I ask us to consider for a moment why one of the greatest teachers the world has ever known told us that we should love our enemies and forgive those who offend us. He said these things because they align us with the laws of life. This is not high-flying idealism, but practical principles of living. We infallibly reap whatever we sow. We cannot escape the consequences of our actions. What we do to others, we receive back upon ourselves. That is why we are told to do unto others what we would have them do unto us. Anger attracts anger, blame attracts blame, and violence attracts violence, whereas love invites love, compassion invites compassion, and forgiveness invites forgiveness.

It may be difficult now to temper our responses with the wisdom of these principles, but the consequences of not tempering our responses could be extremely unfortunate now. We do have the potential for the creation of vast chaos and the destruction of our planet or the possibility of creating peace. It is easy to raise our voices and fists in what surely seems to be a righteous cause, and feel empowered by the adrenalin rush of self-assertion, but it may be very shortsighted in the long run. The extreme consequences of biological and nuclear war do not enter our awareness when we are beating the drum of war. If the anger and the cries for justice escalate us into activities that provoke the insanity and sufferings of war, we may feel very differently down the road, when we experience the chaos, madness, and extreme suffering and duration of war. Our vision needs to be broader so we don't create extreme circumstances now that we will be sorry for later.

We need to look at the deeper causes of anguish and violence and find a way to heal it. There is a wound in our collective soul. We are all part of one life, and anger and violence to any part only deepens the wound and contributes to what we do not want. We need to look for answers individually and collectively.
I encourage everyone to pray for answers that bring peace and to hold the vision of love, cooperation, and unity for all human beings.

Michael Robins

Reprinted with permission


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