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Talking about world peace is a mere entertainment Sadhguru

By: Sadhguru Email By: Sadhguru
March 2011
Talking about world peace is a mere entertainment Sadhguru With all the faculties bestowed upon human beings, you’d think human beings are the most harmonious beings on earth. But if you look at the history until now, the world has never really been peaceful. People have been fighting for food, for wealth, people have fought over boundaries, people have fought on their faith, their belief systems. People have been fighting and are still fighting for their gods. We have always found an excuse to fight. We need to understand this; the way human beings are right now, if you take away one problem in the world, another is bound to evolve.

The world is not a globe. The world is its people. If we do not work for individual transformation, if we do not look for ways of making the individual peaceful, talking about world peace is just one more entertainment in the world. Without attending to individual human beings, trying to bring about any kind of change in the world always leads to more problems.

Now, if we look at the situation we are setting up right now in the world, we have laid foundations to ensure that there is no peace on this planet. There are various aspects to it. One important aspect is that we are making economics the most important part of human life.

In today’s world, your love is not important, your joy is not important, your freedom is not important, your sensibilities are not important, your music and dance are not important; the most important thing is economics. Once you make economics the most important thing, fighting is inevitable. As the resources on the planet are limited, with our lives being driven by the engine of economics, war is inevitable, peace is impossible.

In pursuit of economic well-being, today’s societies are filled with enormous amounts of violence; our very existence is violence. Our music is becoming violent, our dance is becoming violent, and our culture is becoming violent. Just the very way we move, just the very way we do things in our lives is becoming violent. Once in a while it is bound to spill over on the street.

You should not be surprised that it is spilling over onto the streets. You look at yourself as an individual, and see how many moments in a day?you can’t stand the person who is sitting next to you. You, trying to hold yourself back, are going to work only for a certain period of time; somewhere it is bound to explode.

Right now the world community is sitting on a disastrous foundation. Peace is something that these people have not even tasted within themselves. What right do we have, to expect it in the social and world situations? Unless we are willing to work to change the foundations on which the world community is built, peace is not a possibility.

It is not slogans and statement that will bring peace to the world, but a lifelong striving to produce peaceful human beings. On all levels of our human societies if we work for creating peaceful humans, especially among the leadership—key people, people who are in responsible positions in various spheres of activity, be it business, politics, industry, bureaucracy—if we can create people who are truly peaceful within themselves, people who have some sense of wholeness within themselves, they definitely will let peace percolate to large segments of society. Peace is not in terms of just avoiding war, but establishing an active culture of living in peace in the world.

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