Today is Monday, but it feels like Sunday, or more accurately, a Sunday from long ago. Sitting by the marina on this Canadian Thanksgiving, I breathe the autumn air and stare at the boats and tree-colored shores beyond. It’s a rare moment when we actually achieve a feeling of peace, both inner and outer. But it’s something we must attempt. If at least to retain a modicum of sanity from an otherwise topsy-turvy world.
Between social media, mainstream media, texting, and phoning, contemporary man is at a crossroads to discover true peace. This is no surprise as we’ve never lived in a world with such a multitude of distraction. It’s this distraction that impairs our ability to focus and without focus, peace is left for want (see Gain Focus, Gain Success…).
The great challenge is moving beyond the “noise” and “chatter” that bombards at every twist and turn. As a result, we’ve melded into a society of “surface scratchers” never going deeper than the day’s headlines. We feign care and virtue signal about every topic under the sun. However, more than naught, we know nothing more than what the current news cycle spews. Suddenly we’re all experts, but have never read a single book on the topic!
This is not the road to peace, but the road to fret, worry, anger and rage. The kind we see spilling daily onto our television and computer screens. Peace derives not from empty phrases and meaningless slogans, but from the careful examination of the situation. It entails the gathering of knowledge and then deep reflection upon the knowledge gathered. Weighing the pros and cons, with the desire to discover the truth, the one and singular truth. And yes, there can and only be one truth. If there isn’t, then it’s not the truth, but a facsimile manufactured to look like it.
If we are to lead peaceful lives, then we must seek truth in everything we do. To live otherwise, is to lead a life in denial and to not accept reality. Only in truth can we forge a better reality, and it’s only then that we arrive at peace.
It was the brilliant German-American physicist Albert Einstein (1879-1955) who succinctly stated that “Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”
We can’t force someone to accept something, but we can help them understand why something might be. Of course, this prerequisites logically, rationally, thinking beings and not hysterical, screaming creatures bent on wreaking havoc wherever they go.
With its ups and downs, Western civilization has come a long way. But if we are to survive as a thriving and prosperous culture, peace must be at its core. Without it there can be no truth, and without truth, society shall pass into a tyranny of lies. And who could desire that?
It’s peace with truth that ultimately makes everything worthwhile, and a little peace by the marina doesn’t hurt either…
Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!
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