This One Question No One Is Asking, When Answered Could Change The World

This One Question No One Is Asking, When Answered Could Change The World

[db_post_title] [db_post_meta][db_feature_image] “We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves” ~ Dalai Lama What Comes After Peace?  Have you ever stopped to think about this? We spend so much of our time and energy working to attain both inner and global peace, but have we ever stopped to think about what this really means? What is on the other side of Peace? Twice in my life, I have broken a board with my bare hand. There is one simple rule to this technique. You must not focus on breaking the board but rather on breaking through the board. This means placing your attention not on breaking the board but on seeing your hand on the other side of the broken board. Perhaps we need to apply this technique to our quest for peace. Several years ago, when my son was eight years old, we were discussing the possibility of creating a video game that did not include war and violence. As the discussion moved into the possibility of world peace, my son in his infinite wisdom said, “People are not ready for that. Without conflict there would be no plot.  And without a plot, no one would know what to do.” I was speechless. My eight year old son had just summed up in one simple sentence why the world has continued this cycle of war and conflict since the beginning of time.  I could not get this thought out of my head for weeks. I realized that our children are being taught to live in the cycle of conflict. Not only...
This Is The Most Powerful Force For Overcoming The Loneliness Of Being Misunderstood

This Is The Most Powerful Force For Overcoming The Loneliness Of Being Misunderstood

[db_post_title] [db_post_meta][db_feature_image] Insights from Dan Brown’s Inferno: As Humans We Long to Be Understood “The worst kind of loneliness in the world is the isolation that comes from being misunderstood.” Dan Brown, Inferno Dan Brown has been an inspiration to me for years. His novels always seem to expand my understandings and help me to bring words to the very elements I am processing at the time I read them. As a human race we have become infatuated with creating a world of black and white, good and evil. This polarized view helps to justify acts of war and segregation. It is our desire to be understood, coupled by our unwillingness to understand that is reflected in the current state of our world. Whether it is a bombing, a shooting or any other desperate act, people immediately say “I don’t understand how anyone could do that…” When I express compassion and understanding for the multitude of factors that lead to violence it often makes people uncomfortable. It is as if my ability to understand is interpreted as an acceptance or endorsement of these behaviors. Even more it is interpreted as a disregard to the identified victims. I would say that we are all victims and we are all perpetrators of each act of violence that exists in our world. “It is our desire to be understood, coupled by our unwillingness to understand that is reflected in the current state of our world.” This is the very reason many people refuse to understand others’ points of view. When we take the time to understand all the levels that influence those...