War and Peace

A frustrating experience led me to a very interesting revelation the other day: we humans go to war when we choose to think the worst of each other, and make peace when we are willing to think the best instead! So, now that we know the formula for peace, after experiencing unmentionable pain and suffering over millennia, is it not time to make the right choice?

About Maureen Marks-Mendonca

MMM started storytelling in the schoolyard at age 9. Before becoming a novelist, however, she travelled the world for many years as a diplomat and economist. Eventually, volunteering with youth brought her full circle. Now creating magic in novels for the young, and the young at heart, allows her to travel beyond time and space! Join Alex Springfeather in a riveting adventure to a world beyond time in Legend of the Swan Children! IF YOU CAN'T FIND LEGEND OF THE SWAN CHILDREN IN YOUR AREA, ask your local bookstore to order it, go to www.macmillan-caribbean.com to purchase, or get it from your favorite online bookstore!
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One Response to War and Peace

  1. Fay says:

    For me, what a relief that would be – if the world collectively made the right choice for peace. It is important in ways that are yet to be universally recognized.

    I just finished watching the movie Tears of the Sun last night. And today I stumbled upon an interview with the film’s director, Antoine Fuqua. There are so many levels on which I interacted with this film; one of them is encapsulated in Fuqua’s words: “Tears of the Sun is the tears of the people of Africa”. It reminded me of a dream I had just a few years ago in which I was running, running, running through and past key events, clearing the stuff of lifetimes, and then I ran smack dab into the legacy of slavery and it stopped me cold. I could not get past.

    The violence in Tears of the Sun traumatized me. In it I witnessed the cycle of illusory existence, the cycle of mindless brutality, and I was struck by an understanding about how we create and what we create in our collective lives.

    Wisdom keepers of the past have told us that we create our reality. So we do. I realized that if we continue to believe in fear and separation, this will inform our actions and our responses to life, and we will continue to create the unspeakable brutality of wars, violence against women, children, men and the earth; we will continue to harm ourselves and the environment.

    So, like you Maureen, I see it is time to shift our beliefs, we must consciously choose to shift our patterns of thought to favour the creation of more sustainable, more joyful, more peaceful individual and collective lives.

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