World Peace: What Will It Take?

Lately I have been thinking about “conflict resolution” and what it means to the future of our world. I suspect my close friends are inwardly rolling their eyes, when once again I will point out, in our conversation, that here or there is a fine example of utilizing conflict resolution. Finally, one very bright woman put up her hand in a form of surrender and asked just what I was getting at with the constant use of this term.

It was a good question and one I have been chewing on for weeks now. Conflict resolution is a means, utilizing specific techniques, to an end, resolving a disagreement through peaceful means. There is no escaping the news reports of war conflicts, economic conflict, food conflict, oil conflict, government conflict, well, you get my drift; but if you Google conflict resolution what appears are 8,760,000 sites offering information, educational degrees, certifications, reports, and tools to learn how to come to a mutual resolution with another person. You would think that with all this information at our fingertips our world would be a peaceful and constant love fest. But nooooo.

Instead, what we have is a large grouping of conflicted minds trapped in the separation of self from others and stimulated by sugar, caffeine, and drugs, (some pharmaceutical, some recreational), while keeping one step ahead of the monthly bills. You might say it is not the ideal breeding ground for finding a key element to conflict resolution, namely patience and tolerance. What is called for is calm observation, which allows for understanding of the self. The practice of meditation trains the mind to remain calm in situations in which we might once have lost our patience, and I highly recommend it for all people. Wouldn’t it be great if world leaders meditated together first before sitting to discuss their differences?  Or divorcing couples and their lawyers brought meditation cushions to the arbitration meetings and sat to meditate before peacefully finding a mutually beneficial resolution?

Meditation is one way to change ones intolerant attitude to feelings of compassion and loving kindness. The Dalai Lama says that the kindness we express must cover all sentient beings—in particular, our enemy. If you feel anger and cannot think about kindness toward the enemy, this attitude must change if you are going to resolve the conflict. To develop true kindness, you must have a strong tolerance. Without tolerance and patience, you cannot find the means to generate a sense of love.

Whether you meditate or not you can each begin to practice tolerance and patience, with the tyrant boss who demands you work overtime, the neighbor who is always complaining about something, the co-worker who is angry and ill-tempered, actually with any individual who upsets your life and causes anger and resentment. In truth they are providing you with the opportunity to develop and practice patience and tolerance. A fierce enemy is our best teacher, and once we have learned these virtues by honing our emotions on an enemy’s ruthlessness, we are on the path toward developing infinite kindness and altruism toward all beings, and in addition, we have begun to open our heart to the world.

79 comments

Aud Nordby
Aud nordby3 years ago

ty

J.L. A.
JL A.4 years ago

food for thought

Douglas S.
Douglas S.4 years ago

Interesting

Emma S.
Emma S.4 years ago

It's amazing how often I find timely advice in these Care2 articles. I'm having difficulty getting on with someone who lives in the same house as me. Trying to view the situation as a learning opportunity might take some of the heat off. Thank you.

Colleen M.
Colleen M.5 years ago

I think the saying 'don't sweat the small stuff' really applies here. We do need to let go of the past discretions and work towards a brighter future.

Quanta Kiran
Quanta Kiran5 years ago

good article. I think that a great deal of conflict can be avoided if we are able to let things go (I am guilty of holding on to stuff)and ignore all things that provoke anger, arrogance and hate.

Debbie W.
Past Member 5 years ago

Conflict is part of life's lesson and leads to resolution if used correctly. Reality, of course, is that will never totally happen, even with the best of effort and intention. If, or when, that happened in total the world would no longer be necessary and we could move on to the next level.

Debbie Quick
D. Q.5 years ago

If we could all learn to honor the Divine within ourselves and others, like the Sanskrit word Namaste suggests that would be a good place to start for World Peace. However, Ghandi, Jesus and Dr. M.L. King all preached that all humans are divine regardless of nationality, religion or race, yet they all were killed for that message. Peace must begin within each individual person, before he or she can radiate feelings of compassion and respect to a fellow human being. Thus, I urge the readers of these comments to find the goodness within yourself, so that you can see the beauty in others. May the feelings of peace, love and tolerance surround you, in order for you to radiate those feelings outward to the world.

However, I would urge all readers to never be tolerent to behaviors that criticize people who are different!!!!

Namaste

Carole Brown
Carole B.5 years ago

There will not be world peace until the `Lord Jesus` returns at the end of the age ( which is very close) as bible prophesies being fulfilled tell us!
He will set up His earthly kingdom from Jerusalem, destroy the evil ones ( who have been directed by Satan) and the devil and the false prophet will be banished and we will have peace!
I can`t wait, but make sure Jesus is you Saviour by inviting Him into your life and repenting of your sin so you will be able to take advantage of the new world of peace!
John 3:16 `For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him shoul not perish but have eternal life`

Carole Brown
Carole B.5 years ago

There will not be world peace until the `Lord Jesus` returns at the end of the age ( which is very close) as bible prophesies being fulfilled tell us!
He will set up His earthly kingdom from Jerusalem, destroy the evil ones ( who have been directed by Satan) and the devil and the false prophet will be banished and we will have peace!
I can`t wait, but make sure Jesus is you Saviour by inviting Him into your life and repenting of your sin so you will be able to take advantage of the new world of peace!
John 3:16 `For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him shoul not perish but have eternal life`