PEACE, JOY, LOVE ALL REQUIRE TRUST
As individuals we always make choices according to our beliefs. If we believe that the world is a dangerous place, and that everyone is out to get us, then we act accordingly. And the world will respond accordingly. Things will always end up being the way we think they are – just because we think they are that way. When we don’t believe that we can have the things we want, then we won’t have them. When we think this way we create for ourselves an un-enjoyable life.
Most of us want to have peace in our life and in the world as well. The problem is we view the world as a place where others want to take advantage of us or rule over us. Many others see the world in the same way. As a result we end up distrusting the motives of others and believe we have to defend ourselves from them. Most people want to be loved but don’t act loving! All we have to do to have a peaceful world is to believe and act as if that is what everyone wants.
When someone does a bad thing, what we really want is that they never do such a thing again. If we search together for a new way of responding we can solve this problem. When we believe that they must be punished for their act; and respond accordingly; they take it as an act of aggression, and vow to continue the fight. When they learn to trust our peaceful motives they will respond with trust and we can then solve our differences in a loving way.