This human needed a moment to let it all soak in. Although this rampant exhibition of violence was mind-numbing, it is just a small piece of what is happening in many places around the globe everyday. The funny thing is that the radicals DO NOT outnumber the traditionalists by even a close margin in all of the affronts. One day we will question why the traditionalists quietly allow a few to sully the waters.
Let’s dream for a moment. What if a growing number of traditionalists had chosen to pray outside the office of Charlie Hebdo for an indeterminate amount of time. What they would be praying for is irrelevant. Day by day, they appeared and peacefully prayed. Would the newspaper’s editors have taken a different road by actually seeing and feeling the calm energy of non-radicals in a religion under attack? We will never know.
Non-violence is effective but those who seem willing to practice it in numbers large enough to cause a ripple may be a thing of the past. The traditionalists were possibly just as unhappy with the activities of the newspaper – but they were silent. The old adage that ‘the squeaky wheel gets the oil’ has changed to ‘the squeaky wheel gets the press’ and the press determines public perception.
What I know for sure is that there are more people on earth who long for peace than there are people on earth who long for disruption and warfare. This blog is written in an effort to raise the voices of the silent dreamers of peace. If those who want peace used their voices once a day in unison, there would be a change in atmosphere that the world has never known. This movement is only possible because of access to worldwide technology to synchronize our desires.
Please join me each day at noon, wherever you are in the world, and exchange these words – “Peace be with you and peace be with the world.” It will feel like its always noon somewhere as the chant surrounds the earth.
Peace be with you!
photo: courtesy of CNN.com