so simple an idea,
so difficult to achieve.
Well, maybe it is not so simple
a thing, for reality is full
of complications and contradictions.
The first dictionary definition
is the normal, non-warring
condition of a nation, group of nations,
or the world. Normal.
It is of interest how diverse
the interpretations of definitions can be.
A nation, perhaps, may be in a state of peace
in relation to other nations, at least from
a militaristic point of view,
but a government is not a thing of peace,
it is a being of rulers and subjects.
To be at peace, you must be one or the other.
Religion as a refuge of peace is, to be polite,
a misnomer. Islam calls itself the Religion
of Peace, yet every active war has an Islamic side
and every terror act of the last twenty years
has been committed by a follower of Islam.
Christianity teaches the tenets of peace, love
and acceptance, but so many atrocities
have been committed, and so many wars fought,
in its name thoughout history that the world
The slave is said to know peace. There is no conflict
in his life, as long as he accepts his station, obeys
commands and performs as his master expects.
Man, as a species, seems perfectly willing to accept
this arrangement; provide for his needs with no
expectation other than subservience and he will
gladly attach his own shackles. Freedom, however,
requires sacrifice of another kind. Which price
are you willing to pay?
“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased
at the price of chains and slavery?” Patrick Henry