Is world peace possible or are there limits?
"It is not enough to say, “We must not wage war.” It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it. We must concentrate not merely on the eradication of war but on the affirmation of peace. A fascinating story about Ulysses and the Sirens is preserved for us in Greek literature. The Sirens had the ability to sing so sweetly that sailors could not resist steering toward their island. Many ships were lured upon the rocks, and men forgot home, duty and honor as they flung themselves into the sea to be embraced by arms that drew them down to death. Ulysses, determined not to succumb to the Sirens, first decided to tie himself tightly to the mast of his boat and his crew stuffed their ears with wax. But finally he and his crew learned a better way to save themselves: They took on board the beautiful singer Orpheus, whose melodies were sweeter than the music of the Sirens. When Orpheus sang, who would listen to the Sirens?
So we must see that peace represents a sweeter music, a cosmic melody that is far superior to the discords of war.”
Ulysses was a man of great wisdom. He didn’t follow the masses and he didn’t continue with what wasn’t working. He saw that fear and resistance wasn’t the way. There was an openness within him and a better way revealed itself.
Regardless of the intensity and duration of any conflict - the better way, the peaceful way is here. It is here fully yet just simply needs to be recognized and accepted, without concern for the outcome.
The better response, the peaceful response may even be to just walk away but because the response comes from peace and love rather than fear and hate something new and fresh is introduced. And when what is fresh is introduced there is no telling what may unfold - as demonstrated in those times Gandhi walked away from initial negotiations with the British having 'failed'.
The parent, spouse, partner, friend, employer, employee, activist or politician may believe that fear is valid and that force and resistance are necessary, but the one who is open will pause and allow this cosmic melody to reveal itself.
Then we are free to sing its praises and dance its tune and the shrill voices of fear no longer have any pull as they soon fall silent within the steady sweet song of peace.