Peace

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Peace! What the world needs now is peace! Peace in our time! Give peace a chance! Words and phrases, we’ve heard for most of our lives. Words and phrases, we’ve heard uttered by politicians, musicians, actors, activists, students and even little children singing “We are the World.”

PEACE

By Al Garcia

Peace!  What the world needs now is peace!  Peace in our time!  Give peace a chance!  Words and phrases, we’ve heard for most of our lives.  Words and phrases, we’ve heard uttered by politicians, musicians, actors, activists, students and even little children singing “We are the World.”

But in truth, peace?  Really?  For a world that has never been at peace, why are we so fixated on such an unachievable and unattainable idea and notion?

Since the creation, the world has never been at peace.  Even in the Garden of Eden, man was only tantalized with the perception of peace in an untested and evolving creation of good and evil that introduced the eventual malevolence of man.

Ever since Eve reached for that apple in the garden, the world and man has known evil, treachery, deceit, arrogance, egotism, vanity, and the need and greed for absolute power and control of its domain.  At no time in the storied history of the world has peace risen up to claim victory over man’s determination to deconstruct the very essence of creation and find the power behind the hand of the creator, simply to obtain the ultimate power.

We fool ourselves day-in and day-out, thinking we are safe within the boundaries of our self-imposed confinement of borders and boundaries, and tremble when we hear the rumbling and grumbling of the weapons of war echoing in the distance, believing that the expanse of seas will shield us from the inevitable.  And then we took to the sky and know we are defenseless.  We wrap ourselves in the warmth of a counterfeit form of make believe peace, if only in our minds, to justify existing, if only for another day.

No matter what day, what hour, or in what part of our revolving globe, men bomb and massacre the helpless and the weak.  In glorified battlefields, in mosques and churches, in buses and in airplanes, in schools, or in simple homes where women and children huddle in horror, or in towers that reach to the sky, the illusion of peace beggars the hope and actuality of the will to believe.  There is no limit to the killing fields, as the more sophisticated we become as predators in our domain, and as we empower, embolden and arm boys and men with weapons of annihilation and eradication, and ship them across land and seas to slaughter, pillage and destroy.

Peace becomes the enemy.  We become the snake in the garden, offering promises of hope and knowledge and life, and leaving behind only desolate and mournful cries of despair and agony, with only the illusion of victory.

Peace!  How did man ever come across such an alien idea and concept?  Peace!  Peace is the greatest threat of man.  Isaiah 9:6 states, “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”  And, so it came to be.  But unfortunately, mortal man confused their physical safety and political harmony as being the accolade of peace that the Prince of Peace spoke about.  Even the Son of God was denied a final peace on earth and man’s goodwill.

For it is the promise of peace through strength, destruction, death and intimidation, that will ultimately achieve the final victory over man.  The truth is that man is man’s worst enemy, especially when seeking the unattainable prize called peace.  “For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.” Hosea 8:7.


Submitted: June 05, 2021

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