Dialogue on War and Peace

Dialogue on War and Peace

What is War?

Humanity marking it’s territory
like any other creature.
Drawing a line, then saying,
“You don’t look like me,
don’t think, or speak like me.
You don’t belong in my space.
If you cross this line
I have drawn,
I must destroy you.”

What is Peace?

Calmness that comes from within.
A soul seeking ultimate goal
of wholeness, to be found
in acceptance of whatever
comes.

What destroys Peace?

Fear.

Fear of what?

Of not belonging.

How does one conquer such fear?

Through acceptance. That it exists
in self, and in all others.

We all share the same fear?

Yes. Allowing it to drive us
is what causes War.

Elizabeth Crawford  6/28/2017

Note: Image is from the internet.

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13 Responses to Dialogue on War and Peace

  1. Sumana Roy says:

    How right you are!
    Ha, the picture says it all. Sad & hilarious at the same time.

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  2. annell4 says:

    Did you leave out greed or hate? There are really many reasons for war. I hope as many for peace.

    No, Annell, I don’t think I did. Greed is a need to acquire whatever is needed to make one feel safe (unafraid). The problem with greed is that it is insatiable, there is never enough to stop the fear. And hate is the fear of anything that is different from what one has defined as acceptable (not me, or like me).

    Peace is acceptance that we, the entire human race, are all in this together and are systematically destroying the only home we have, that which nurtures us and keeps us alive.

    Elizabeth

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  3. ihatepoetry says:

    So true – I believe fear is at the bottom of all our problems. See “Defending Your Life” for more on this idea. Liked this very much.

    Mosk, where do I find “Defending Your Life”? I looked on both of your sites, but couldn’t find it. Help! Have you ever read “The Gift of Fear” by DeBecker?

    Sorry, I did find it. A movie on Amazon.

    Elizabeth

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  4. sanaarizvi says:

    Powerful! I wish I had written this!

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  5. Susan Chast says:

    Profound. And the grin I got from your illustration swooped it up into one amazing image.

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  6. Sherry Marr says:

    I have to smile at that very cool photo. I love the wisdom in this poem. It is hard to fathom that we know so much yet cant grasp this single simple truth.

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  7. Myrna Rosa says:

    The picture made me chuckle. Yet, I see the sad truth of it. Fear is definitely at the core of war. I like your dialogue here.

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  8. marjablom says:

    Love it Awareness of acceptance of fear and not reacting to it is pure wisdom

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  9. oldegg says:

    Sadly humanity is an aberation among living creatures as it is just not satisfied with what it has because it wants more. It doesn’t just want to feed its family it wants more than anyone else so it has power over others.

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  10. Jae Rose says:

    I love the image and fun you inject here – some big questions

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  11. How wisely written, Elizabeth. The photo on the one hand is humorous, on the other so telling.

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  13. Miss Stacy says:

    i truly agree with this in the fact that the primary catalyst in war is fear! great write.

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