Demonstrate peace, even when it seems impossible

Most of us feel quite helpless in the face of the world’s problems. Some are compelled by their concern to participate in an endless stream of actions. For others, the enormity of the problem overwhelms them into inaction. Many of us fall in the middle.

But I take this opportunity to point out something that I deeply believe to be true. Each of us living on this planet contributes to the future evolution towards an eventual and inevitable peace on earth.

Yes, that’s my radical optimism talking. But to be honest, I don’t see any evidence that really supports otherwise. We are made to move forward. Even our setbacks end up propelling us further.

Think about it a bit. We even strive to remind ourselves that this is the dominant human paradigm with every underdog story we tell, every mythology, prophet story and salvation story. They constantly remind us of our aspirations and abilities.

It’s a cha-cha, of course. Two steps forward, one step back. Enormous social advances that we could not imagine stepping back from to see them crumble before our eyes. Now tell me whether or not you think it’s possible that such a current downfall will probably only guarantee our future generations access to the justice we currently demand? Human history confirms this more often than not.

How many times have we seen giant strides forward on the heels of great oppression? How many dictatorships have fallen? How many democracies have developed? What is the per capita homicide rate today compared to 2000 years ago? 200 years ago? You will find that, statistically, we are in the most peaceful period in human history. Keep this in mind when watching the news.

The work is therefore in progress. And it happens all around you. It’s in all the foundations, nonprofits, and social enterprises that work so hard to serve others in virtually every community. Bringing people together to get better access to health care, to education, to property, to access to the vote.

Politicians can accomplish a lot, although they certainly have the good sense of holding things back. Mainly because they are in many ways. But they only stem the tide, they don’t prevent it. On the contrary, they help us to publicly refine the arguments for and against progress. Yet even those who oppose progress end up defending it.

It makes us wonder what we should do with ourselves as the story unfolds around us. The bottom line is: do nothing to impede the forward momentum. And for extra credit, you might consider actively supporting anyone or anyone who is working to accomplish what we truly want and need to thrive as human beings on this planet.

The added benefit is that when we act in this way, it improves our brain chemistry. It literally balances our emotional health when we take deliberate action to create a better world.

Finally, perhaps most importantly, as an individual human being on this planet, know this: If you show peace to those around you, they are an example of how to remain peaceful in the face of conflict and conflict. concerns. If you show hope to those around you, you show them how to insulate themselves from despair.

We are all the result of the examples given to us. We are a collection of personality traits, coping skills and life choices presented by others. What will you bring to those around you?

That’s all you have to worry about as a human being. This is our job here on earth. Give good examples. Show people the way. Don’t preach, do.

If you’re not a peaceful person, find a way to make it happen. or hang out with someone who is and copy them. If you’re worried about the state of the world, find a way to bring more peace into the mix. You don’t have to do much. But you’ll feel better if you do something.

Do it in the name of the peace you seek for yourself.


Wil Darcangelo, M.Div, is minister of First Parish UU Church of Fitchburg and First Church of Lancaster, Unitarian Universalist. Email [email protected] Follow him on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok @wildarcangelo. His blog, Hopeful Thinking, can be found at www.hopefulthinkingworld.blogspot.com.

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