On every level of our lives, we face this same challenge. To see Peace instead of engaging in Tragedy. To Disarm instead of Clashing.
We who are writers and activists spend much of our energy spreading the word about the tragic truths we have discovered. And we are right to do so. Absolutely.
But we must also seek the healing solutions, and share those as well.
To that end, I must point out two wonderful sources which encourage me.
The first is Karen Armstrong, who I first saw last March on Bill Moyer's Journal. In 2008, her work in field of writing and talking about the connections between the world's great religions, and her mission to shine a light on compassion and the universal Golden Rule, brought her the $100,000 TED Prize,with which she has joined forces with an international Council of Sages to create the Charter for Compassion.
Listen to her on Bill Moyers, and at TED Talks, and see what her thinking does to heal the disastrous conflicts between religions.
The second is Walter Cronkite, yes, the "most trusted man in America". In 2005, he sat down to interview Dennis Kucinich about his plan to create a U.S. Department of Peace. What happened in that interview revealed even more about Cronkite than it did Kucinich. It became clear that all those decades of intense awareness of the world's conflicts brought him to the conclusion that it was time for the United States to focus on Peace.
The video on youtube of this event is wonderful, but it is not the entire interview. To really understand the depth of Cronkite's response, one should read the transcript or purchase the video from the The Peace Alliance.
I was moved by such thoughts as: "There is a yearning for this movement. If they don't know the name of it, precisely, or what it is, still, the movement of people's beliefs and hopes is out there and needs to be unleashed, which this will help do."