When the Vegas Massacre happened, and everyone was posting videos, I could barely watch more then 10 seconds at a time. I was sickened by the thought of the reality of it, I was so sad for the people that were there and for the loss of life. I couldn’t bear to watch, because it was real. It wasn’t a movie or T.V show. It wasn’t a video game, or some violent drama that we are so used to seeing; it was real life. These were real people taking videos, scrambling for their lives.
I think, that in in a way, people have become desensitized to seeing violence due to the prevalence of it. We must be humble to the vulnerability of human life. Yet, the loss of lives and those injured is denigrated to a number, almost de humanizing it because a number is easier to report than the hundreds of names and faces who suffered. But if you take each innocent individual, each one had their own story, family, their own impact upon others, and the loss was so much more than just a statistic to report.
It’s frightening because no one can know exactly what the murderer was thinking, even the specialists who try to decipher a motive, but there is no way to know. What made him think that this was something he could do, that he had a right to do, which he didn’t. The climate of the society and culture right now is destructive; how the chaos seems to fit in with the rest of the catastrophe and hate. This shouldn't benefit ratings on news stations and create more advertisement dollars, but it probably does.
On the morning of that unfortunate day, for once the news stations seem to be broadcasting a similar idea.. For a time, people were on the same page, feeling empathy and recognizing and important for unity, valuing the people. But just as the day came, it went, the sun rose the next day, and the burden was on the people who suffered and those to clean up after the mess, while everyone else went about their day. The casino went back to its normal business, eventually time goes by and people forget and more disagreement arose.
It shouldn’t be that only during times of catastrophe, do people come together. Why must we wait for bad things to occur for us to recognize the gravity of life and value of kindness, compassion and understanding? This should be a daily occurrence, this should be innate, it should be human nature to come together as one people for the good of all mankind; not to band together only in times of weakness; but to remain strong together for a greater purpose.
And that is what Peace is. Peace is something to be achieved through differences and finding the harmony during communication of an idea and message, to bring forth understanding and common ground. (Which, in my opinion, is something politics and the media is missing).
"An eye for an eye only makes the whole world blind." -Mahatma Gandhi
As an example, harmony is created through multiple instruments voicing their notes and chords in tune with one another. They may be different and vary in size, shape, color, sound; but each has a purpose in an orchestra, each contributes to the overall finality . And the true leader, the conductor, he has the most important position, to orchestrate this variance, to lead each musician, and to unite in balance and harmony; thus creating an illustrious tone, and to paint a beautiful mental image through resonance. This also takes practice and discordance at first, but through working together eventually creates a positive and greater end-result. (In a perfect world, our President would be this conductor and the people would be the voices to be heard. ) Without the shared purpose and a knowledgable leader, there is dissonance, noise, disruption, disturbance etc.
Music is the language that speaks to all, as is art. A beautiful picture is created with many colors, shades, brushes, each to be appreciated for its contribution for the entirety of the painting. For even in the shadows lies beauty.
This is what Peace is, peace is to be achieved through work, balancing the differing opinions, weighing out the good with the bad, the yin and the yang. Peace can simply exist within us, but today we have to look for it hidden under cobwebs next to moral, ethics and integrity.
Mahatma Gandhi said, "Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress."
We cannot be perfect, therefore we must strive for balance. Peace is balance. Love is finding balance, finding a way, commonalities between people, appreciating differences and coming to an agreement.
The irony is when peace must be fought for, when there must be war in order to achieve peace. But it shouldn't have to be this way. From a higher level of thinking, comes understanding; but the will to understand, the will to be subservient to the greater good and sacrifice ego; to be vulnerable as a human being to seek peace. This is rare.
Only may peace be achieved through recognizing differences and accepting them. And this is the challenge, this is the test of our character and our inner strength. To stand ground and be consistent, rather than to follow the crowd. To hold true to beliefs and accept others. This is the basis of life, growth and prosperity of the world, to be able to communicate effectively with the common goal for the future of mankind, not the destruction of each other.
Martin Luther King Jr said," We must learn to live together as brothers, or perish together as fools."
Yet, everything is cyclical, must there be destruction in order for there to be repair and growth? The Dissonance in our country creates weakness and sets a bad example to the world.
I may compare and use the term peace for everything, balance, and health; for peace in mind, body and spirit.