Grab a cup of your favorite beverage, kick up your feet, and join Mandy as she looks at the elusive side of peace.
Within our day-to-day lives we interact with other people from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and beliefs. As individuals, the majority of us do not give these interactions a second’s thought. After all people are people – no matter their ethnicity. They have a working life, a home life; many have children, although some do not. No matter what our position, age or circumstance, we all struggle with maintaining our homes, paying the bills, worries about our families and what the future holds. This is true on every continent on the planet. Some hardships are more extreme in third world countries and as the ‘fortunate’ western world our troubles pale into insignificance in comparison. However, human nature being what it is, our problems and worries hold our attention and ‘other’ people’s concerns are put to the back of the queue. We may be a global community, linked by social media to all points of the compass but we are also solitary in our lives and what is important to us. We all want a good life, a peaceful life.
So the question is – if the majority of human beings on this planet just want a peaceful, happy life – why are we constantly bombarded with news and images of the exact opposite?
A simple Internet search will result in page upon page of conspiracy theories, propaganda for alternative governments or religious factions – all professing to be the ‘one true way’. Logic is obviously lacking when confronted with all these supposedly ‘correct’ choices, after all they can’t all be right. Why can’t we accept that not one-way of life suits everyone? Why are we not embracing and sharing our differences instead of imposing them on each other? When all is said and done we are all the same species, living on the same planet.
We all feel frustration, anger and feelings of helplessness when confronted with the awful images spread across the news media sites. Year after year, decade after decade it is the ‘same’ story worldwide – unrest, civil war, religious war, uprisings – the list goes on and on repeatedly. So why can’t we say enough is enough? The majority of the world’s populations do not want any kind of war only a peaceful, fulfilling life.
Maybe we could start bombarding the news media with happy, encouraging and peaceful stories and images – wipe out the fear mongering and ‘population control’ of governments and religious factions. Stand up for the majority instead of the minority. Humans are supposedly intelligent, sentient beings – so let’s start making our voice heard.