Thoughts concerning the speech made by President Obama following acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize:
Nations, just as individuals, cannot find lasting peace except through peaceful means. Though it may seem that a show of force is the only way to achieve peace, such force will always eventually elicit counter-force. The goal of peace must be achieved by the means of peace.
The world does not know this yet. It fears the consequences of abdicating rule by force. A greater sense of the Divine reality that underlies the relationship of nations as well as of individuals must ultimately guide the shift toward peaceful means. That, and the understanding that the use of force or aggression on any level toward any life-form will ultimately harm oneself.
Adherence toward peaceful means may seem impractical and the historical view of "a just war" in service to the goals of peace may seem like wisdom. Yet our sense of 'practical' and 'impractical' evolves along with our sense of truth, and so the greater evolution of our collective consciousness will bring this awareness, too.
May the year 2010 see the unfoldment of both greater peace and greater truth. Namaste.