For the International Day of Peace (http://internationaldayofpeace.org/), my spiritual group had a Poems for Peace dinner. People read poems, played piano and saxophone, and shared some thoughts.
One thought (from saxophonist Benjamin Drazen—http://www.benjamindrazen.com/) was that we’re all connected, and the shape the world is in, the violence and wars, is a reflection of us humans as a whole.
That means if we take some shared responsibility for everything we see, we will surely want to try to make things better. I believe, as does Benjamin, that the thoughts and prayers we send out to the world can help the state of things. We’re not solely at fault for the lack of peace here on the planet, but maybe each time we perform a kind act, forgive someone his misdeeds, or simply seek to refrain from doing harm, we’re creating a world with less self-centered aggression.
As the Dalai Lama is quoted as saying, “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”
We’re living in an age when the realization that we’re all brothers and sisters is coming to the fore. Even though not everyone acts on that innate knowledge and certainly not all the time, the intuition lurks within (it makes beeping noises, if you listen hard). We can try to remember that everyone else is just a part of who we each are. Bad acts toward others are bad acts toward ourselves.
We can light that little candle and help to banish the darkness.