We need to return to what binds us together to make peace, to our roots as human beings and to what really matters to us.
I follow with great sympathy and dismay what is happening in our world.
I see images of destruction, violence and hatred, and I recognise the streets, squares and buildings that are so familiar to us.
It makes me infinitely sad to see what is happening right now.
At heart, I am with all the people who are in danger at present and also with those who exercise violence, on all sides, including those who use violence in political positions against other cultures. They probably need the most love and compassion.
Apart from the fact that I think it’s a remarkable provocation, consciously accepting the heavy violence, perhaps even bringing it along to your doorsteps, so very different thoughts are piling up on me these days.
I admit that as long as we focus on the outer appearances, this may sound like mockery to some. But it’s on a different level.
Often I read or hear the term “radical” in context: Radical protestors, radical decisions, radical reactions.
We have to remember again to be radically human.
The Latin origin of this word, “radix”, means “root”, in the figurative sense “origin”; Late-Latin education “radicalis” means “innate, accumulated, naturally”.
With this word sense in mind, we can understand that we are in depth in our desires, fears and yearnings, in our needs, dreams and hopes.
We all want to feel happy, safe and concerned, we all fear pain, suffering and death.
I once visited an exhibition of the “World Press Photos of the Year”.
When I stood in front of the pictures, one thing became clear to me
The peasant from Somalia just like the GI in Afghanistan, the Indian beggar just like the Wall Street banker.
Precisely at the point, there is a spark for a different living together than we see it so often at this time.
What we urgently need is peace. Peace is right or wrong, good or bad, black or white. A peace based on radical humanity.
I am not a dreamer and do not beg illusions. I will continue in this world in the future, giving violence, destruction and wars. And yet I can oppose that. It always starts with ourselves.
Because this peace will not come from above and not accidentally. It will have its beginning in each of us and then expand from there.
It is a peace based on self-awareness and self-responsibility, the acceptance of one’s own mistakes, limitations and inadequacies and thus understanding the mistakes, limitations and inadequacies of others.
And on the awareness of one’s potentials, which, if we unfold and bring into being, they can also be recognised by others and thus strengthen one another.
About a year ago, I heard an exciting comment on a protest. It was said that it would be nice to go to the protest.
But how much more would the world be helped if all people who are on protests pick up the phone at home in the evening and call those people with whom they are fighting or are in conflict, and ask for forgiveness and peace?
As a rule, we can not directly prevent people being taken by force of arms, rainforests being destroyed, or rudeness.
However, when we come to relate peace to ourselves and to people, when we come to deal with it clearly and lovingly, we make a big difference, which is also noticeable on the outer level.
The faster and more impressive the more people let this art of peace develop. We need a peace based on forgiveness, especially towards oneself.
A peace that understands the value of the other, but can also be without fear, presumption or self-righteousness.
We need a peace that closes, integrates and unites, knowing that all the outer sub-layers are artificial, illusory in nature.
That there is a good connection. A peace that has tolerance and respect as its core values, the clarity, the self-defense and the courage to own the truth.
And no, that does not mean egalitarianism. There are strengths in our individuality, in our different areas of otherness.
It is no longer against each other, but only with each other.
It was never different. Let’s learn to see each other, to recognise each other and to embrace each other.
Start with you. Embrace yourself. And then the one standing next to you. Let us see what is possible through this gesture.
In that sense I wish everyone Happy Holidays and a great start into the new year.
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