War does not determine who is right, it determines who is left
On September 11, 2001, before the smoke from the collapsed Twin Towers had even cleared, the world’s leaders came knocking on the White House door. They were seeking George Bush’s support to create a global coalition that once and for all would strive to eliminate planetary terrorism. Unfortunately, Bush declined the invitation so that he could attack Iraq and end a family feud by eliminating Saddam Hussein, who was not even involved in the attack on the twin towers.
The world is currently trying to come to terms with the inhumane atrocities carried out by both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Around the globe, citizens are rallying in a concerted effort to bring an end to the barbaric nature of planetary violence and war in today’s modern world. On the horizon, I see a second opportunity is now arising wherein global civilization is once again coalescing and demanding an end to war.
War, violence, and division only perpetuate a cycle of suffering. We must now begin to emphasize that it is not our differences, but our common humanity that must come to the forefront. Through nurturing compassion and empathy, we will come to recognize the notion that the well-being of one is intrinsically linked to the well-being of all. This is the first step towards healing the world.
In times of crisis, we come together to support one another, regardless of our backgrounds. This ability to unite must extend beyond moments of crisis to become a way of life. It is my fervent hope that we can create a world where differences are celebrated, where conflicts are resolved through dialogue and understanding, and where the power of our shared humanity prevails. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a painful reminder of the work that lies ahead, but it is not an insurmountable challenge.
Let us commit to educating ourselves about the complexities of this issue, to supporting peace initiatives, and to spreading the message of unity. By doing so, we can honor our shared humanity and work toward a future where conflicts no longer define our world.
With Peace, Love, and Light,