Do you want to see the oceans free of pollution? Do you think America should lead the Third World to achieve sustainable economies? Do you defend freedom of religion and an end to religious fanaticism in all its forms? Do you want full equality of rights for immigrants? Do you want to see an end to all nuclear stockpiles? Do you want to see America become less militarized? Do you want to see an alternative to fossil fuels developed as quickly as possible? Do you believe in the equality of women in every society?
Decades of striving may lie ahead before these goals become reality, but as accepted beliefs they are already alive and vital. Millions of people who have no identification with the New Age, who have never marched in a demonstration for equal rights or against corporate pollution, who regard themselves as centrists in social policy, are in fact part of a majority waiting to recognize itself.
The way of peace includes all these objectives, since each one falls under the category of service for the common good, a shift in self-image to a higher level, or erasing differences to bring about a new human community.
People feel timid about stepping out from the crowd and being labeled as different, and thereís a dread of being isolated when you cannot find others who believe as you do.
Set your timidity aside for a moment and realize something thatís surprising but true. Materialistic obstacles are beside the point. They exist at a level that may be convincing in appearance but has little effect on our hearts and our deepest desires. You are potentially more powerful than any weapon. I realize that this is a great leap for people to take.
The secret strength of peace is precisely that it isnít materialistic. If you commit yourself to having even a fraction of extra confidence in the future, you will stop feeling weak and alone.
Adapted from: Peace Is the Way, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2005).