A practical way towards Creating World Peace
“If there is to be peace in the world, There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations, There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities, There must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors, There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home, There must be peace in the heart.”
Lao Tzu is famous to have said the above saying about 25 centuries ago. This holds true, even today in the age of Internet and Facebook. Actually, it has become more relevant with the challenges of information overload and confusions it has brought along. Our definitions of Peace have become too external, we help one poor person and take ten selfies, we donate one small amount and publish it ten times… Our priorities have gone in a different direction, are we really helping create world peace or just feeding our egos? In such trying times, this timeless wisdom can bring us a stable grounding on how we can change the World and create Peace.
Lau Tzu beautifully reversed engineered the whole notion of “change the world” by connecting the relationship with our inner world. He so clearly, demonstrated that world Peace is ultimately connected to the Peace within our hearts. Which simply means, there is a remote possibility of having any Peace around us unless there is Peace within us.
This may tempt your mind to jump to the next relevant question – How do we acquire the Peace within our hearts? Hold your horses, my friends! Before we jump onto that question, let us first master our understanding on this Theory of creating world peace.
To understand, consider the non profit industry. They are engaged in supporting individuals and are doing great social work to help the under privileged. How would you define the purpose of their profession? In simple language, we can say that they are in the business of helping/ saving lives. Which Is clearly a noble cause! So, why do they get so stressed? Please note, I am not talking about physical exhaustion here, but referring to the most common gift of the modern age – mental exhaustion. Coming back to the question – Why do they get mentally fatigue?
This question sent me on the way to do some research on the subject, and here is what I found out. I will explain my finding through a quick analogy. Suppose, you are a Banker and you have about 1 million dollars in deposits, can you give out a loan of 10 millions? Maybe, if you argue with me about complex banking products like syndication, etc. but the practical possibility is remote. Ironically, in the pursuit of world Peace, we are trying to give out monies that we don’t have. When we give away what we don’t have (in the case of Doctors, instead of saving lives for meaning, we do it for monies), we tend to loose our purpose and most likely also attract negative emotions like ‘greed.’ This would then lead to mental fatigue! You would heard before, “People only sleep soundly, if their conscience is at Peace.” ~Marcus Baybrooke
Final question for you to reflect upon. Can you share love if you have none within? Can you share Peace, if you have none within? Seems unreasonable & unrealistic, right! But when I look around, I see people constantly doing that – sharing what they don’t have. This leads to an inner conflict and further contributes to mental fatigue!
With the above 2 illustrations, we can establish the fact that our first responsibility is towards ourselves. Some may call it being selfish but there is a difference here. This is self love because – “Only a person who loves himself can love another. Only a person who can forgive himself, can forgive another.” We can summarize this article in the following words- “If you want to create World Peace, lets first create Inner Peace and the rest would follow.”
Now the obvious question arises, how to develop Inner Peace? Lets leave that for part 2 of this article!