Can Peace Be Conceived? by Toi Thomas
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”― Napoleon Hill
This sounds nice, doesn’t it? Well let’s look at the meaning of the key words in this statement.
Conceive: to form a notion or idea of; imagine.
Believe: to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so.
Achieve: to bring to a successful end; carry through; accomplish.
While I’m sure Napoleon Hill had all the best intentions when he wrote this, there are so many ways in which a statement like this can be used to cause great destruction, but more on that later. For now, let’s look a look at the meaning of some other words.
Perceive: identify by means of the senses, to recognize, discern, envision, or understand.
Concede: to grant as a right or privilege; yield.
It’s evident through history that people are quite capable of achieving many great and, unfortunately, devastating things. I often wonder how the likes of someone like Hitler could have perceived his course of action as the only way to get what he wanted. Perhaps, as is often the case with us mere humans, it is easier to fight and take what you want than it is to concede and work hard for it in some other way.
So, I guess the challenge I’m currently faced with is, “Is world peace even a viable option?” To work this out in my head, I look again the meaning of this word “peace”.
Peace: a state of mutual harmony between people or groups, especially in personal relations.
It seems to me that peace is such an all-consuming powerful state of being to strive for that one would first need to experience harmony in order to achieve it. So, let’s look at the meaning of “harmony”.
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Harmony: a consistent, orderly, or pleasing arrangement of parts; congruity.
Now I feel like I’m getting somewhere. What if World Peace isn’t exactly what we should be striving for? What if peace is too hard? What if what we’re really looking for is World Harmony? I know this isn’t a new concept because I’m pretty sure I’ve seen something to this effect before on Facebook or Google, but now that I’ve taken the time to work it out in my head, it does make sense.
True peace would require more than the average person is willing to give or, maybe, should even have to give. True peace would require everyone to get alone and love each other. While I personally would love for that to happen, I think it’s more plausible to live in a world where people live in peaceful harmony with others like them and not like them.
Harmony is a pleasing arrangement of parts and world harmony could be a socially aware acceptance of others that allows people to have differences without raging war. If only people could agree to disagree and not try to infringe on the rights of others. If only we could perceive individuals unlike ourselves without disdain and concede to their right to live whether we like them or not. I think it’s possible to live in a world where two people who aren't friends don’t have to be enemies.
So for me, I’m striving for world harmony, but I’m still calling it World Peace because I like the sound of it. Maybe in another generation far beyond mine, true peace can be achieved.
M.C.V. Egan lives in South Florida. She is fluent in four languages; English, Spanish, French and Swedish. From a young age became determined to solve the 'mystery' of her grandfather's death, she has researched this story for almost two decades. The story has taken her to Denmark, England and unconventional world of psychics.
|Bridge of Deaths|
Publisher: AuthorHouse Publishing
Release Date: June 14, 2011Amazon
On August 15th, 1939 an English passenger plane from British Airways Ltd. Crashed in Danish waters between the towns of Nykobing/Falster and Vordingborg. There were five casualties reported and one survivor. Just two weeks before Hitler invaded Poland with the world at the brink of war the manner in which this incident was investigated left much open to doubt. The jurisdiction battle between the two towns and the newly formed Danish secret police, created an atmosphere of intrigue and distrust.
In the winter of 2009-2010 a young executive, Bill is promoted and transferred to London for a major International firm. He has struggled for the better part of his life with nightmares and phobias, which only seem to worsen in London. As he seeks the help of a therapist he accepts that his issues may well be related to a 'past-life trauma'.
Through love, curiosity, archives and the information superhighway of the 21st century Bill travels through knowledge and time to uncover the story of the 1939 plane crash.
The Bridge of Deaths is a love story and a mystery. Fictional characters travel through the world of past life regressions and information acquired from psychics as well as archives and historical sources to solve "One of those mysteries that never get solved" is based on true events and real people, it is the culmination of 18 years of sifting through sources in Denmark, England and the United States, it finds a way to help the reader feel that he /she is also sifting through data and forming their own conclusions.
The journey takes the reader to well-known and little known events leading up to the Second World War, both in Europe and America. The journey also takes the reader to the possibility of finding oneself in this lifetime by exploring past lives.
Don’t forget to check out below the other stops on this tour, enter the amazing giveaway, and save for later- the entertaining video interview between the author of Bridge of Deaths, M.C.V. Egan, and Toi Thomas at the following link: http://youtu.be/_3OsLrj1O1Q.
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