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Monday, December 26, 2016

#Peace Matters - Part 4

#PeaceMatters and The World
Judith Ashley is the author of The Sacred Women's Circle series, romantic fiction that honors spiritual traditions that nurture the soul.

How do you, a single person, impact the violence in the world?

The answer is the same as last week but at a different level.

First: Live a life of peace.

Second: Talk about peace. You can have conversations with friends, family, neighbors, etc. Write letters to the editor. Mount a campaign on Social Media.

I listened to a news analyst quote a statistic the other day that said people who are active on social media tend to be more angry than people who are less active or not active at all. If you are on social media – make sure there is a message of 
the benefits of peace in your words. Another way to phrase this is that those people who are angriest are also active on social media. Update: After the November 2016 election, there were reports about "false news" on social media. If we want a peaceful life we Must take responsibility and check the veracity of what is said. Some people are very skilled at using language that speaks to negativity and fear. What I know is true is that we cannot and will not live peaceful lives in the larger world if we live in fear.

Third: Support others who promote peace. You may want to like or retweet their post. Comment on their blog. Vote for them in an election.

Fourth: Put yourself out there! Write that blog or other social media venue post.  Be a model in your family, neighborhood and community. Run for election. And I'll add here - not only write about peace, write about overcoming fear. Fear is the foundation of anger and hate. That triumvirate is the antithesis of peace.

Fifth: Don't give in to fear! Those who are instigators of violence often do so because they want us to be fearful. To give them power over us because we are afraid. There are very few, if any, situations that cannot be resolved if all parties want a peaceful solution.

If everyone who says they want peace (and that is the majority of people in the world if one is to believe the polls) takes responsibility for our own peaceful lives, the world must become a more peaceful place.

I grant you, it isn’t easy.

But that’s part of living in a democracy! If you see the movie “An American President” with Michael Douglas and Annette Benning airing, watch it. Watch to the end when Michael as President Andrew Shepard makes a speech before the White House press corp. 

I won’t quote verbatim although I’ve seen the movie so often I could! He talks about how America is Advanced Citizenship and notes that Democracy isn’t easy. I do believe that speech, while written in the 1990’s, is pertinent to the world we live in today. 
Living a peaceful life because #PeaceMatters isn’t easy but now more than at any point in my life time, it is important.

Please share your thoughts, comments and perspective. I truly do want to know.

I hope you've found something in this four post series that is useful to you. What I've found is that #PeaceMatters even more now than when I first wrote these posts.

And, after you've shared your thoughts and perspective in "comments", please share this post and the others with other people who believe #PeaceMatters.

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Dana said...

Thank you for the words of wisdom. I am looking forward to sharing my "peace" with others in 2017. I agree that this is essential especially now with our President-elect. We all need to practice peace, share our peace, and work for peace in our country.

Judith Ashley said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Dana. Looking forward to a peaceful Dark Moon Gathering on Friday. Hope weather is such you can easily come.