Ignorance breeds hatred and hatred breeds violence as we have seen in the last few weeks. But why do people stay ignorant of the real facts? Mainly this is the fault of the media and various prominent persons who encourage people to hate and look down on others. Some newspapers have admitted in the past that they have distorted the truth or even told lies in order to make sensational headlines. But the number of people who believe these headlines are true is amazing. We need to encourage all people to ‘read between the lines’, to find out what is true and what is just to gain popularity for some kind of cause.
When we learn to discern the truth then we can learn to respect other genuine points of view and learn to live together in peace. At the moment this seems a long way off as so many of our politicians, not just in the UK but in other countries, change the facts to suit their cause whether what they say is true or incites hatred of others. Then they wonder why violence occurs.
We had come so far in our society, understanding that colour and creed and sexuality are not the important things but that we are all human beings living on the same planet and should all have the same opportunities in life. But this week I think our country reached its lowest point for many years when some politicians put out horrendous adverts, reminiscent of propaganda before the Second World War by another country, that are totally untrue but which many will believe to be true. Are we being brainwashed in some way? Have we lost our power of perception so that we do not see the truth around us? Where do we go from here? It is time to reflect on our path forward and to join together to bring peace to our world.
Deep within the still centre of my being,
may I find peace.
Silently within the quiet of the Grove,
may I share peace.
Gently and powerfully,
within the greater circle of humankind,
may I radiate peace.