Make every effort to live in peace with all men… ~ The Book of Hebrews ~ The Bible
I’ve been watching the Treyvon Martin case in Florida with interest and a great deal of sadness. Part of this case surrounds a controversial law enacted by Florida called Stand Your Ground. It has been noted that since this law was signed into effect in 2005, violent crime has decreased. Of course, it’s also decreased across the nation. What has not decreased, and in fact has risen, has been what’s called “justifiable homicides.” It seems to me that we as a society have decided that peace is something to be talked about, but not actually pursued. Shoot first, ask questions later. We have this idea that violence is the solution to any ill we face, whether in our homes, our neighborhoods or in our dealings with other nations. If you’re going to push me, then dammit, I’m going to shoot you. Say WHAT?!?!? I’m sorry, but I can’t subscribe to this ideal that we have to be bad asses to maintain a semblance of peace. The author of the book of Hebrews follows up the injunction regarding the pursuit of peace but saying that those who don’t, will not see God. That’s pretty bold! It’s not just the author of Hebrews who declares peace to be the path to God, but wise men and prophets such as Buddha, Gandhi, and the Dali Lama. Perhaps it’s time we started listening to these wise men instead of placing those who strive to disrupt the peace up on pedestal.
Here’s to that noble pursuit of peace…with all! Cheers y’all!