Self defense, retaliation, agression, retribution, annilation, and anger are all choices we make. Our human propensity is to choose the most direct way to interact with each other. But with a little intelligence and foresight we can choose a nonviolent path and a better future.
Every action we take as a nation and as individuals is global and universal. The rippling movement towards our destiny is the connection we all make with our actions. I choose non violence most of the time.
I know that when stress levels rise violence increases. Is this world so dangerous that we all need to be wary of random acts of aggression? I feel that I can walk down a street in the daytime and be relatively safe. I do not choose to walk in the darkness alone in some parts of the world. My choice is a non violent one. I don't put myself in situations where I would have to use violence to survive.
Am I naive to think that peace is possible in this world? I try to make the choices that lead to a quiet, creative, productive, helpful existence. I have never been traumatized and I think that may be why I can imagine a world of safety. My friends who have been thru HELL and back tell me that there are times when you have to take a stand.
If you show weakness you will be put down and stepped on. The war zones, prisions and mental hospitals in the world are places where a soft step is seen as a sign of weakness. I dont presume to know what it is like to be in extreme danger for extended periods of time. I know it changes the very fiber of your human being and results in a view of the world as a dangerous place even when others see it as peaceful.
9/11 changed America in one day. We are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We have chosen to ride the wave of fear into a quagmire of violence that is spiraling all over the globe. However I think even in the throes of this tragedy as with any horrible situation there is hope for another choice. We can choose peace. We can outfit our lives to step around situations that would lead to violence. It is possible.
If the Vietnam Veterans I have known can get into a place in the world and be safe for a few years there is hope that anyone can do it. If someone who has been in prison can come out into a new world and make it a place of peace and love there is that possibility for all of us. We can come out of this mental illness of fear and go toward a future that takes us to a better future than an apocalyptic scenario.
I choose my future and it has nothing to do with the end times of some religions. I want my own version of the world to be one of peace and hope. And everyday I make choices that take me in that direction. I hope you do too.