Yesterday I was feeling pretty down, and I’m reflecting on it today. Humanity continues on in its hatred, and lately I feel mired down by the weight of the cruelty & aggression of our time. I have no illusion that our time is somehow bloodier; most of the pages of history are soaked in blood…usually in the name of one god or another. Why can’t humanity find peace, find empathy, realize and acknowledge that our connection to one another is composed of far more similarities than differences?

I’m going to try a new track. Kim Jong-un (North Korea), Bashar al-Assad (Syria), Benjamin Netanyahu (Israel), Vladimir Putin (Russia), ISIS & all those other terrorists organizations that seek to murder innocents (the list is frighteningly and depressingly long), Omar al-Bashir (Sudan), and too many others (one is too many, obvz): rather than dwelling and wallowing in my hatred of you, I am going to seek to find positive thoughts of peace to send your way…to wish for you peace rather than suffering. Hatred has solved little, so maybe I’ll feel better & will become a better person by playing this small part in the betterment of humanity.

As most of you folks know, I am not a religious fellow, but I do find religious texts to be powerful & helpful. There are three lines from the “Sermon on the Mount” in the Bible‘s Book of Matthew that inspire me, and I am going to use them every day to help me in this project of projecting peace:

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
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Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
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Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.