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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Why all the hate?

World peace, what a laughable matter! When will we be able to achieve something this tantamount? Well, we will be able to achieve world peace when one nation does not invade another nation based on a pretext. We will be able to achieve world peace when the phrase, "an eye for an eye," no longer emerges to our minds when somebody committed a hurtful act upon us. We will be able to achieve world peace when, instead of retaliation, we can control ourselves to forgive and forget whatever misdeed others have done to us. There is a hope for world peace when we can shed vengeance, hate, greed, selfishness, and embrace forgiveness, sharing, and a philanthropic approach toward resolving conflicts. There is a hope for world peace when a sale on any store would not attract a flock of mindless consumers. This is especially true for Wal-Mart, where "everyday has the lowest price, guaranteed!" Better yet, there will be world peace when conglomerates and corporations no longer mold, shape and define our lives and souls.

I do not know whether world peace is ever achievable, since in doing so we have to make some drastic changes to the fundamental human behavior and interaction. Maybe it is meant to be unreachable. Maybe it is meant to be like this where lives perish everyday due to ongoing world conflicts, and national and local misfortunes. Maybe it is God's will for humans to be hateful of each other, to be intolerant of the misdeeds of others. Maybe it is God's will for the victim to enjoy the punishment imposed on the perpetrator by the governing authority. Until we realize how perverted we are to retaliate and cause other people to suffer under our own unforgiving heart, the world will be under the shroud of this looming hate. Why all the hate? Why do we see satisfaction in retaliation? Why couldn't we be brothers and sisters until the Kingdom come? To appease ourselves is no longer enough. What has to be done needs to be done in an outreach fashion, and that would not start until you say, "brother, you made my day," to a perfect stranger!

Peace, everyone!

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