Sunday, September 04, 2011

Peace is Overrated

If you're chasing that elusive state of being called "peace", be advised it's a phantom, and a dangerous one at that.

As long as evil walks the Earth, we will either have war or subjugation to that evil. To paraphrase Patrick Henry, peace is not, or should not be so dear as to be purchased at the price of slavery. Those are really our only two choices and those who say otherwise are either fools or agents of evil.

I was raised with the idea that “peace” is the ultimate goal and, in some spiritual way, it probably is. We should understand, however, that it’s largely unattainable. If we sacrifice our souls in the name of peace, we will lose all and will still have war in the bargain. It’s a fools errand to sacrifice anything in the name of peace – if peace is not worthy and acceptable for both warring parties, in and of itself, then it’s not worth pursuit at all.

If we put peace above all else, we will always be at the mercy of those who have not such lofty values, those whose ends justify their means, no matter how grisly those means may be.

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