Can you be FOR peace and not AGAINST war?
In his final "Sermon by the Sea" in 1959, Dr. Ernest Holmes spoke about the next step in human evolution as the development of someone who "is FOR something and AGAINST nothing."
This statement recognizes a deeper way of being, a more spiritual approach to life than ordinary human existence. How much of your energy is spent in opposition to something? Much of the peace movement is energized by those against war, or against a certain philosophy, or political party, or politician.
Ghandi saw this in starting the largest non-violent peace movement the world has ever known. His quote, "Be the peace you want to see," is a statement of deep spiritual conviction. Martin Luther King saw this as well, and today, the Season For Non-Violence covers the 64 days between the anniversaries of the deaths of these two giants.
In a recent conversation, a man saw a button I was wearing that says "May Peace Prevail on Earth," a button that I got at the Parliament of World Religions in Barcelona in 2004. The man saw the button and said, "So you are against Bush?"
"No," I said, "I am for peace."
"That means that you are against Bush and against America," he replied. "You can't have it both ways."
"Can't I just be for peace and have nothing to say about a particular leader or a particular policy?"
"No," he said, "If you are for peace, you are against our president."
I found the conversation frustrating, in part at least because I could not say that I had perfected the consciousness of being for something and against nothing. I was, at least part of me was and is, against war.
While I believe that I can be for peace and not against anyone or anything, I also recognize that this is an idea that is both alien to many and difficult to achieve. Our nature seems to be to resist what we do not want, not to take another, positive pathway to change.
Spiritualization is the overcoming of instinctual drives (at least in part). Arriving at the place of being FOR something and AGAINST nothing is, in my mind, a worthwhile goal. If and when I fully get there, I'll let you know.
Love and Light,