The Small Voice Of Each Ordinary Person Can Change The World
The world says “No!” to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The voices of the people are rising. There has never been a time when peace is more needed around the world than now.
With the development of the Internet and SNS, we can see what people around the world wish and how they feel. We live in an age when ordinary people, each and every one of us, can speak out and express our thoughts and feelings.
After seeing and hearing them, I am reminded that no one wants war. Deep in their hearts, everyone wants a peaceful world.
Some people say, “No matter how many individual voices we send out, they will never have the power to change the world. It means nothing.” But that is not true at all. Even if each individual’s voice may seem small, that small voice will reach those around it, and those who feel the same way will resonate with it and raise their voices, which will then become a great swell and spread throughout the world.
It may sound exaggerated, but the small voice of each person living today will create the future of the Earth. We will change the future of the Earth. That is an undeniable fact.
Where There Is No Love, There Is No Peace
What is the foundation of peace? It is love. As the phrase “love and peace” suggests, love comes first, and then peace. Where there is no love, there is no peace.
The problem between Russia and Ukraine is one such example, and I believe that similar conflicts, large and small, can be seen everywhere in the world. There is no love at all in the act of one-sidedly suppressing and controlling the other party by making them do as one says. Where there is no love, there is no peace. There is fear and anxiety, which are the opposite of love.
Instead of attacking and hurting each other, we should be able to create a great harmony by compensating for each other’s shortcomings and bringing out the best in each other.
St. Francis Prayer For Peace
There is a prayer called “The Peace Prayer of St. Francis,” which is widely known throughout the world. St. Francis was the founder of the Franciscan Order, which was active in Italy in the 13th century.
It is said that the Prayer for Peace was not actually created by Francis, but it is a good example of his spirit and way of life, and religious and political figures such as Mother Teresa, John Paul II, Pope Francis, and Margaret Thatcher have called on their audiences to recite it in public.
The Peace Prayer of St. Francis
“LORD, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O DIVINE MASTER, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.”
As you can see here, peace does not come on its own. It is created and produced by each individual living a life of love.
In this sense, each of us is a bearer of peace, and we all have a responsibility for peace on this planet. I believe that the peace of the Earth will be created by the sum total of our thoughts and actions of love to bring peace to our planet.
There Must Be No War Using Nuclear Weapons
And there must never be a war using nuclear weapons. In the case of Russia and Ukraine this time, there were statements suggesting the use of nuclear weapons, and such a thing must never happen.
If such a thing were to happen, it could go so far as to destroy the Earth, and it is truly irreversible.
Especially since Japan, as the only country to have experienced the atomic bombings, has a history of witnessing the tragedy of the atomic bombings, we should lead the world in expressing our strong opposition. In fact, the mayor of Nagasaki made a comment regarding Russia’s suggestion to use nuclear weapons.
“Mayor’s Comment Regarding Russia’s Implication of the Usage of Nuclear Weapons”
I totally agree with this comment. I found it to be a really timely and excellent comment. I hope that this kind of message will be conveyed to as many people around the world as possible, and as a Japanese person myself, I would like to convey what I can to them.
The Story Of A Shattered Planet In The Solar System
There used to be a planet called Maldek between Mars and Jupiter. The small group of planets drifting around in what is now called the asteroid belt are fragments of Maldek that were shattered.
At that time, Maldek was in the midst of a new phase of planetary evolution, and at that time, a nuclear war broke out. The reaction of the nuclear war attracted huge meteorites, and comets and other objects poured down one after another, shattering the planet itself into pieces.
This is what could happen if a nuclear war were to occur on a global scale. We really must avoid that.
What Kind Of Future Do Each Of Us Want For The Earth?
For this reason, what kind of Earth do each of us want to see? No one wants war. The Earth does not need nuclear weapons.
Instead of attacking each other out of fear and distrust, everyone should live peacefully, freely, trustingly, and acceptably in love, which is happiness in the true sense of the word.
In order to realize this commonplace, the voices, thoughts, and actions of each of us seeking love and peace will become the power to change this planet. I sincerely believe so.