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Pleas for Peace to the World
Notes of Interest
As I look out at the world from the relative comfort of my room I see nothing of the suffering that engulfs much of the world. Even though I live the life of an impoverished eccentric monk, I am disconnected from the world even as I am connected to the world. I think I am blessed because I am warm and dry and have plenty of food to eat. Work is not hard and I do not have to struggle for my survival. Yes, God has smiled upon me.
By first world standards I live in abject poverty, just one step above homelessness. Yet, I live like a king even though my life is a simple one. I have all the modern technological toys crammed into my tiny 8 by 32 foot concrete home. Still, by the standards that Americans use to judge one another I am at the bottom of the scale. But, I am happy, I am warm and dry and I have food to eat, and the world is at my fingertips. Things were not always this way.
Though I do not see the suffering in the world, I remember it. I remember what it was like to be homeless and sleep under a bridge. I remember what it was like to go days between meals and how to make tomato soup from ketchup packets taken from fast food restaurants. As bad off as I was at the time, there were still others that were worse off. I remember the faces and the look of pain and hopelessness. Some faces are forever etched upon my soul. The tortured face of a father lost and filled with worry about how he would support his small family that sat beside him waiting for the Salvation Army Lodge to open. This is just one of the faces I still see. The world is filled with such faces. As I stood along the edge of a road with my thumb out begging for another ride to nowhere, I promised myself that one day I would find a way to end the suffering in the world.
Now as I look out at the world from the comfort of my room I see a world filled with suffering. A world terrorized in the name of God and in the name of peace. I know the writings of Islam and the Prophet said, "It is better to forgive if you only knew it." Jesus is accepted as a prophet by Islam, as a great teacher by the Children of Judah and others, and as the Son of God by the Christians. He said, "I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you." Has anyone followed the counsel of either of these great men?
It makes me sick to watch people who claim to be Muslims (people devoted to God) fighting in and from holy houses of prayer. This is a thing expressly forbidden by God and the Prophet. I should like to one day go and offer a prayer to God in some of these holy structures, but I dare not for fear of my life. The way to God has been barred; another thing forbidden by Islamic law. How people get so perverse as to think that God would be happy if they strap explosives to their bodies and then go kill innocent people, women and children, along with themselves? How can people pervert and twist the words of the Prophet beyond recognition so they can murder and maim at will in the name of God and Islam? I know the Prophet would lay down his weapons and embrace the way of peace rather than let the endless suffering by both sides continue. If I cry, it is for the children.
Christians are not much better. The Christian history is one of savage butchery perpetrated against believers and unbelievers alike. Things have not changed. The Protestants and Catholics are still at each others' throat. Heaven help you if you are not in the main stream of Christianity.
I shout, "Stop the madness!" Who hears me above the guns and bombs and the screams of their victims. Who hears me above the cries of all the starving children in the world? Who hears me against a backdrop of worldwide suffering? Who hears me? I am but one voice.
This is my call to the people and leaders of the world. Stop the madness and embrace the cause of peace. Put away your pride and your weapons. Reach out your hands to your fellow man in need. Find ways to feed the hungry rather than search for new ways to kill. If you truly want peace then stop fighting. An eye for an eye is an endless loop that goes nowhere and can only end when everyone is blind. It is better to forgive if you only knew it.
People of the Earth, let us unite as one. Let our voice be as one that we may be heard. Let our voice be that of the Earth saying, "We have had enough. We will fight no more." Let us put an end to war, hunger, homelessness, and the trafficking of human flesh. Let us unleash the true creative potential of the human race. This is the true path of peace and love for one another.
Join with me and let us seek the way of peace together. Together let us find solutions that will put an end to human suffering on this planet. Together let us answer the call of peace. For if we do not heed the call of peace, then war will be poured out upon the Earth until only the meek are left.
R. B. Chandler
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World peace is an idea of freedom, peace, and happiness among and within all nations and/or peoples. It is the professed ambition of many past and present world leaders.
World peace has been depicted as a consequence of local, self-
Dr. Frank Laubach, an American missionary to the Philippines in 1935 saw poverty, injustice and illiteracy as impediments to world peace
The basic Christian ideal promotes peace through goodwill and by sharing the faith with others, as well as forgiving those who do try to break the peace.
According to Islam, faith in only one God and having common parents, Adam and Eve, is greatest reason for humans to live together with peace and brotherhood. Islamic view of global peace is mentioned in the Qur’an where the whole of humanity is recognized as one family.
Most of the world religions hope for or look forward to a time of world peace. Like the world leaders few actually work toward the high ideals they have espoused.
What ever your idea is of obtaining world peace it will only happen when enough of us stand up together and say, "enough is enough," and refuse to take up arms against our brothers even in the face of certain death.