Saturday, 3 November 2018

Dona Nobis Pacem ~ Think for Peace

This is my tenth anniversary of taking part in Blog for Peace.  Ten amazing years of creating a global community all focussed on one topic - peace. We are huge, on every continent including Antarctica, but have we made a difference?

That has bothered me lately, as I look at the chaos on media news. If so many people worldwide want peace, why are we still so far from our goal? It took some arguments on Facebook, an ancient maxim and a song to make me realise what I'd been overlooking: that we need to THINK for peace.

The arguments came about due to my friends being a very varied bunch of people. I've learnt so much from them, especially the ones whose politics, culture or religions are very different from my own. I'm ok with differences, but there are many who aren't ok. I have friends who openly fear "those people" who are also my friends. Worst of all... because they fear each other, they begin to resent or even hate each other. And that's when I remembered that ancient Roman maxim: DIVIDE AND RULE.

It's a very simple technique that was used in warfare and is now used in business and political strategy. Here's the basics of how it works:
  • create or encourage divisions among others to prevent alliances that could challenge the balance of power
  • foster distrust and enmity
  • encourage meaningless expenditures that reduce the capability for others to rebel
    ...and those last words triggered the memory of a song: "Work For Peace" by Gil Scott-Heron.


    The Military and the Monetary,
    get together whenever they think its necessary,


    they are determined to keep the citizens secondary, 
    they make so many decisions that are arbitrary.

    The only thing wrong with Peace,
    is that you can't make no money from it.
     
    There it was - my missing link. World powers and big business do not want peace because there is no money to be made from it. So they talk a lot of words about peace, but they foster the old maxim of divide and rule.
    How many news items have you seen this year where the message was that the other side is not to be trusted?
    How many internet sites have sent you information on why you should fear people who are different to you?
    How many times has the military and the monetary tried to force us apart?
    I watched a TV movie a few months back. It was a sci-fi thing about aliens invading the planet. Young soldiers were given special goggles through which they could see these "invisible aliens" in order to hunt them down and kill them. But one young man loses his goggles and realises that they're actually killing human beings. The battle isn't about aliens, it's about the government wanting to cull over population. There was no enemy; no alien invasion. Only divide and rule.   

    What if this were the truth right now? What if there were only a handful of genuine "bad guys" and those allowed to flourish in order to keep us all so afraid we toed the line and obeyed all the rules? What if we stopped thinking for ourselves and let THEM think for us... 

    Is it that far fetched? I don't know. All I know for certain is that my Facebook wall is made up of THEM. My friends are black, white, Asian and Native American. They are Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Atheist, Hindu and Pagan. I have witches chatting to church-going good folk on my Facebook wall. I have a Kosher vegetarian and a Halal vegetarian. I have an atheist vegan and a meat-eating Hindu. I have politically Left friends wanting the world to be a better place... I have politically Right friends who want the same.

    They may have different things they believe and ways of living, but all of them want the same basic things: a decent salary, a nice home, safety for their families, healthy food, clean water and a better world for their children.

    THEY. ALL. WANT. THE. SAME. THINGS.

    Let that sink in for a moment, please and then... THINK.

    Think before you allow random (and often fake) news to fill you with fear. 
    Think before you allow others to tell you who to hate. 
    Trust your intuition or trust in your God.
    Keep calm and think for yourself.
    THINK.


    I based that design on a British World War II poster made to help people cope with the ongoing stress and fear of war. The message is just as important now as it was then. Keep calm and carry on. We absolutely cannot achieve peace by becoming angry or fearful of each other. We have to find ways to communicate, to share our similarities as we balance our differences.

    16 comments:

    Jamie said...

    This is a great entry for Dona Nobis Pacem. Very well done.

    Michelle said...

    Thanks Jamie. <3

    rose of Walk in the Woods, LLC said...

    Peace.

    Tink said...

    Looks like we were on similar paths in our globes this year. :) Focus on the similarities instead of the differences; trying to understand each other instead of judgements...
    Thanks for sharing!

    speedyrabbit said...

    If we all do little things,positive things....even if its just bringing a smile to someone's face when they really need it then we are one step closer to a world that is more harmonious and caring world,Thanks for Stopping by our place,xx Speedy and Rachel

    Sherry Blue Sky said...

    I love this post! It is true, we all want the same things.once we figure that out, e can work together to get them . Likely from the grassroots up, since those at the top are blinded by power.

    Caren Gittleman said...

    thank you for your quote, it is soo important to put ourselves in someone else's shoes!

    Meditations in Motion said...

    What a wonderful, insightful post. I loved it! Divide and rule is certainly happening in our country (the US) right now. It is up to each one of us to promote peace whenever we can!

    Mimi Lenox said...

    Michelle - Thank you fr saying out loud what many are quietly thinking. Today, thank goodness, is a day to speak.

    I wonder the same things. What if...what if...what if...
    I see the divisions and manipulations too.
    Yet it has been proven over and over again that people CAN and DO want peace. Most people. Discernment is needed to pull back the veil and let those who stand in the way of peace and prosperity be exposed and learn to live a better way. Good will overcome evil.

    You are a treasure. Your words cut through the veil.
    Thank you for blogging for peace again and again. I treasure your friendship and wisdom.

    Love you!
    Peace to you and yours

    Diane/DancingStar said...

    So many of us want peace. And ours is not always the only and right way. Yes think peace.

    Diane/DancingStar said...

    We Define peace. We also have to understand that ours is not the only definition. We must listen and we must think.

    Cathy Keisha said...

    This is so well thought out. I know Gil Scott Heron from "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" although now it will be on the internet. You're right, there is no money in peace so the war machine keeps going and getting stronger. How many weapons are enough?
    I'm purring 4 peace. Dona Nobis Pacem.

    Michelle said...

    Thank you, dear friends and fellow peace-bloggers. :)

    Susie Clevenger said...

    Unity...there is so much we focus on that divides us, but if we would just list those things we have in common it would make a better world.

    Thorne said...

    Well said! Let's keep working for, thinking and praying for peace.

    rose of Walk in the Woods, LLC said...

    Peace. ☮️