Greetings Mr GovConspiracy!!
Very many thanks for your eloquent post, defending as you *must* a cause which I suspect you know is slowly – but inexorably – slipping away from
Mr GovConspiracy, you mention three scenarios specifically which, whilst distressing and regrettable in a civilised world, in no way reflect the whole
picture of the great world on which we live and breathe. You’ve chosen sensational occasions, such as wars and terrorism. Whilst I’m *not* defending
these, I simply ask – again – how these situations mirror our “everyday” experiences for the vast majority of us? So, at the risk of repeating myself,
I mention the “simple” things which, perhaps, we take for granted – like a new born child, or a sunrise, or simply being able to relax with a half
full glass at the end of long working day. That, to me, justifies “peace” is more than an illusion Mr GovConspiracy.
You ask me to define peace and I will reiterate that – for me – it is being at peace with *yourself* first and foremost. For, as we “filter” things
through our minds, it is surely our responsibility to ensure that we, as individuals, learn to live at peace with ourselves and then try to live at
peace with our neighbours, friends and family? So, peace for *me* is an inner contentment – not one of self-satisfaction – but where I consciously
*try* to live in peace and cause minimal disruption to those I come into contact with. And the people I come into contact with invariably have the
same type of desire as me. Or, such is my experience Mr GovConspiracy. And I do not consider myself “charmed” in any way – and I certainly wasn’t born
with a “silver spoon” in my mouth!!
As for sending me pictures Mr GovConspiracy – certainly feel free to do so, but I warn you (in jest!!) that I would send *you* pictures too – of
peaceful scenes, beautiful landscapes, people having fun and enjoying being alive and well – in short – at peace. Which I truly believe *most* people
are… If they look for it in themselves first, they will surely find it in others and in the glory around them.
You also ask me to think of the soldiers over there Mr GovConspiracy. I *do* - they are doing a fantastic job – trying to keep the peace, as happened
in Bosnia, as our UK forces do in Northern Ireland. Without saying too much, it might interest you to know that I worked for our MOD for 17 years (as
a civilian) on AFV tracked with an equivalent rank of WO1 by the time my carrer changed at age 33… So, yes, I *do* think of our soldiers – and know
something of them too. But, I re-state – the vast majority of people experience no wars, or terrorism, and live in peace and harmony with each
In my recent post, I promised to share some “strategies” which I think could help sway your POV Mr GovConspiracy.
For myself, I’ve practiced yoga, Tai chi, meditation, Buddhist philosophy, and studied the works of Gurdjieff, who “… taught that in order to become
harmonious, we must develop new faculties—or actualize latent potentialities—through “work on oneself.”, as well as PD Ouspensky. All of these will
“open” your mind to a new level of understanding Mr GovConspiracy and let you realise that the world offers so many possibilities that “inner peace”
Allied to these, of course, are religious texts, such as the Bible and Qu’ran, which contain great truths in abundance. Whilst I do not profess to be
anything like a scholar of these, I know that an essential message is to be “at peace” with the whole – which study, inspiration and effort can
All these are quite esoteric, of course, but what of the practical work the Peace Corps do and, whilst we’re at it, consider subscribing to the
World Peace Newsletter
? The latter has a quote which I commend to you Mr GovConspiracy:
Quote: “There are many ways to accomplish peace but the best way is to find it within yourself. Peace is a grand event that occurs because loving
people want it to happen. Peace, like reading, writing, drawing and mathematics, is a learned skill that increases our personal growth and maturity.
Peace is perhaps the most important lesson we should learn during our lives and the sooner the better. The advent of the world wide web may just be
the boost in knowledge we have been waiting for. Through knowledge, Peace will evolve. Knowledge is power. True and complete knowledge is Peace.”
I look forward to your next post Mr GovConspiracy – it is a great honour, privilege and pleasure for me.
Best wishes – and peace – to you and yours Mr GovConspiracy!!