Peace: We Can Achieve It
In honor of John Lennon’s 70th birthday (may he rest in peace), I wanted to write a post today about peace. The word means many things to many people, but what I mean is a condition of global nonviolence (toward people, and yes, toward animals). Peace is an essential belief to my religion, Tibetan Buddhism, which teaches adherents to be peaceful and compassionate to other sentient beings, and to themselves (described in the Sanskrit word “ahimsa”; “nonviolence”).
But though I’ve only very recently (three years ago) converted to Buddhism, I’ve always strongly believed in nonviolence. I was always the wide-eyed idealist who couldn’t understand why people had to fight; why they couldn’t all join hands and live in peace. Seeing how the world could really be as a teenager, and later, as an adult understandably made me a little jaded. I would often think “maybe people will always be cruel to each other and animals. Maybe it’s stupid to ever think it will change.”
Even though thought those kind of cynical thoughts still stick in the back of my mind, even today, I know that not only do I believe people can live in peace, I believe that we can spread the peace to our nonhuman brothers and sisters as well. And so, I’ll never stop protesting war, greed, and animal cruelty. Hey, to quote Lennon’s “Imagine”: “You may think I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.”
My question is: do you all think peace is worth fighting for?