August 26, 2017
I see a future where all those who are power are worthy of it. Perhaps I may not live to see it through my physical eyes, but there also won't be those who create a culture of impunity with their utter disregard for due process and the rule of law, who ignite the fires of racism and hatred by their isolationist and divisive rhetoric, and who are pushing the entire planet to the brink of a nuclear holocaust.
I see a future where the protection of Mother Nature is more important than any profit to be gained by exploiting and eventually destroying her, where people can create their own decent livelihood by providing service to the public without being blackmailed and shut down by corrupt government agencies, where people would finally stop trying to dominate and exterminate their fellowmen in the name of religion.
I affirm a future so beautiful that words cannot describe it because I understand the laws of the universe. We attract what we focus on. That is why Mother Teresa never joined any anti-war protests – but she was there in every peace march in body or in spirit.
A friend once told me that his father's favorite song is "Ebony and Ivory" by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder. For him, it's just one of those hits from his dad's era, and he was surprised when I shared with him its true significance: the black ebony and the white ivory keys in a piano exist together in peace, and they need each other to they create beautiful and timeless music. Why can't we human beings do the same?
John Lennon's "Imagine" has been radically interpreted as a call for anarchy when the message is the complete opposite: a world where everybody accepts everybody else as brothers and sisters in the family called Humanity.
This is the same dream that inspired Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and the millions of decent men and women of many generations who continue to dream and believe in a better world.
It all begins with the individual. We can learn to let go of the hate that divides us, one thought at a time. "Let there be peace on earth," as we used to sing in church choir, and let it begin with me..."
Ebony and Ivory
Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
Let There Be Peace On Earth
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