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Ignoring Peace in the World

Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

Who among you revel in hate?

Do not deny this boy peace on earth because you do not like someone.

Do not deny this boy peace on earth because you do not like someone.

Check Your Diet of Hate

Amazing! Peace accords are happening in the Middle East and the press could not care less. Rioting front page. Peace, no page. Palestine and Israel are closer than ever before to reaching a peace. When was the last time you even saw, ISIS in the news? Peace in the Middle East is breaking out. Peace in the Middle East is ignored. Peace in Afghanistan is starting to get talked about and Serbia and Kosovo seem like they have a deal.

Two Nobel Peace Prize nominations for our President of the United States and very little coverage, just more about how bad America is. Why am I so happy to be an American but so many are sad to be Americans? Maybe because my wife is an immigrant from a communist nation. Maybe because my life is poor but so good. Maybe because the rioters lives are so terrible and oppressed worse than China. Maybe because I can practice and celebrate my spirituality and others do not like that. Like China? Peace is breaking out in the world and no one seems to care. Why?

Why aren’t you celebrating the peace accords signed in the White House. Are you ill with something? We hoot and hollered in happy. This is fantastic news. Our president got it done. Not a president from another country. Our president is an American who got something great done. Why aren’t you celebrating?

I just do not get it. This is cause for great joy. But I see almost no one care. Our calamities will take hundreds of lives. Peace in the Middle East will save thousands and thousands of lives. But all we care about is smoke in the air or flooding where our government can handle and does, the catastrophes.

Have there been a million lives lost in Middle East conflict? Probably. But peace breaking out there is secondary to BLM and Antifa in a whole nation of privilege. Let me clue you in on a fact. The least in America is better than most the world. But all we see are video clips. Who is out protesting the killings in Africa? I just see the wrong with that. If as BLM and ANTIFA hold that we are one brotherhood throughout the world why are they not dancing in the streets when nations sign important peace agreements with minorities on both sides? Shouldn’t ANTIFA and BlM be celebrating in the streets? If there was a peace celebration march tonight I would gather my family and walk it.

Stop Imagining and Start Celebrating

Dads are Nuts

Just another Oregon day.

Just another Oregon day.

My World, Your World

We are not just white privileged here we are all privileged here, damn well just to be here instead of in Palestine or on the border therewith. Why does our border simmer with those who want in? You should see my discriminated against Asian son flourish. I just had a black President of the United States, First Black leader in the whole Western world. And my country stinks enough to where I ignore peace breaking out.

In my home we are taught to hate the action and not the person. Is that a fairytale that works so well for us? I cannot even fathom telling my son that he is a bad boy. But we insist he take responsibility for bad actions like disrespecting another human being. And we held hands and said hoorah for peace in the Middle East. Long way to go but going in the right direction. Woe be to those who would strike Israel’s and the United States allies. What could be better than to increase that woe by peace and agreement? But better we riot over problems we are already doing better at within our borders? What insanity is that? That in our home we bicker when next door with huge problems they come together? I have never met a person who wants discrimination. I just never have and this is so true for so many. Not about them wanting oppression but about them never meeting someone who wants it.

My neighbor is 94. She says she saw horrible discrimination in the past but does not see it now and that she is happy to have lived long enough to see that. What does she know? Sure ugly is there. But our ugly compared to China’s and so many other places is miniscule. I do not make light of individual issues but I see peace and I celebrate it. Why doesn’t everyone?

It is said we are divided. That is BS. About 15% on one side and 15% on the other are divided. We are 50% divided on how to do better. No one is divided on if we should do worse. No normal person wants us to do worse. That is crazy and seen for it. Left and right and in the middle the differences are on how to do better. What!? That is great. Now I think you must be wrong to think that is the best way and you must think me wrong that my way is the best way. How cool is that. We both want the best way and argue how to do that. I wonder if that is even “divided”. Maybe not.

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My wife likes to take what happened to one and apply it to the whole. A child was taken in a swamp in Florida in a Sea World by a crocodile. She did not want our boy to go to Sea World here even though there are no swamps and no crocodiles. That is and was nuts.

So I burn a black man’s business down because a black man was killed one thousand miles away by a white man. None of those folks are joy filled over peace in the Middle East? I bet the owner of the business is happy about the peace.

Toxic Positivity

Really that is a term. And it makes sense. A positive perspective towards one who wants to wallow in misery is really hard on the wallower. Not validating another’s feelings, no matter how flawed is toxic. Refusing to accept a past wrong as something to define us and quickly moving on is toxic. If we celebrate the middle east direction at the moment then we are toxic to those who just want to hate the man who accomplished it. That is absolutely nuts. But psychologists want to stick with it. Toxic positivity my butt.

Because positivity bothers us sometime, it is the positive person that is a fault. Wow! In other words you should be negative around negative people or you are toxic. So no celebrating peace in the middle east because your neighbor wants you to suffer for BLM? This is a bad situation, but addressing the problems is a good thing. Oops that is too positive.

So why am I so upbeat about Muslim nations reaching accord with a Jewish state. There in lies my answer. Religion is normally a very good thing. But it is and has been the used cause for so much horrible violence. So to me peace with that in mind is so fantastic.

Did I mention that the Taliban and the Government in Afghanistan began peace talks less than a week ago? No, not the Middle East but who cares? Peace talks that may not be fruitful are still going in the right direction. I celebrate that. Did I mention Kosovo and Serbia?

So if in war torn countries folks can sit down and come up with a peace plan why must they riot here? I hope I am not failing to be sensitive to their feelings of entitlement because of a history. A white man in Houston is not righteous to harm blacks because a black man shot and killed a white man in Los Angeles. But apparently that notion is OK for some.

Well if peace can break out in the Middle East and Afghanistan why can’t we? Perhaps that notion is toxic to some who want to protest instead of talk. They are protesting one of the best systems on earth?

Yes I am remiss in not mentioning the US troops withdrawals/reductions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sorry for that other great news worth celebrating.

Comments

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 23, 2020:

Eric peace and harmony is what we need. The world right now is sad and so much of corruption. Your hub is worth reading.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 22, 2020:

You are right that many of us don't often look at the positive because our fears stop us from doing so. If not our fears, our prejudices. Thank you for reminding us about this. But, why is dissent brewing strongly in your country? We have to stop blaming, but we need to understand why this is happening. Is this because we are so ready to blame? I wish I know better, but as I don't live in your country, I don't have a good sense. I pray that peace will reign.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 19, 2020:

Danny I was trying to really come up with someone I know who is really toxic. I know some weirdos and freaks but not someone who is toxic.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 19, 2020:

Linda as I wrote this I completely left out any reference to anybody. But a friend told me that if the fellow gets blamed for everything wrong, then it just makes sense that he get credit for overseeing what is right. That is just so logical it cannot be ignored no matter the feelings.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 19, 2020:

Lorna if the time we live in can be crazy that means it could be sane also. Just a thought about peace being sanity.

Danny from India on September 19, 2020:

Love increases love and toxicity increases its like.

Either get away from toxic situations or infuse positivity into it by increasing its intensity far greater than negativity.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on September 19, 2020:

Eric, I can't hate #45 because I do not actually know him; but truth be told I don't have any desire to meet him. He has surrounded himself with bad actors, says horrible things (out loud and on Twitter), often seems to speak without thinking, is thin-skinned, and has the vocabulary of an 8-year-old.

I can be happy about the potential for peace in the Middle East, but we've been down that road far too many times. It never lasts, and I seriously doubt how much Mr. T. actually had to do with it. It only occurred on his watch.

Nevertheless, I love you.

Lorna Lamon on September 19, 2020:

With so much sorrow in the world at the moment it's wonderful to see the light of peace shining. Blame is usually at the heart of hate and if it's fed it will only grow. If those who hate understand why, then they will grow. No-one owns this world, we share it as one and we need to rebuild it in peace. Regardless of how it came to be, peace should always be celebrated and cherished. Thank you for reminding us Eric.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 19, 2020:

Why? Indeed Pamela. When I get too far out in despair of such matters I do the count. So few cause division when folks like you and I and our friends proffer community.

Working toward change for the better does not need ugly discourse and actions.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 19, 2020:

I am happy about peace in the middle east and I agree with you that it should be celebrated. I don't know why we can't find peace in our country. I appreciate this article, Eric.

Some of those who are destroying cities should live in China. I heard they are making them eat their own dogs. I hope that is not true but I have hear many things about how poorly many are treated.

I don't hate anyone. I am a member of a ladies club that is probably 40% black ladies and one Asia. We all get along! Why can't we do better in our country?

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 19, 2020:

Bill I appreciate your comment. I have noticed a greater peace in my house with us being held so close together during the last 6 months. They say familiarity breeds contempt. I do not think they could be more wrong.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 19, 2020:

I honestly don't hate anyone. Not even #45. And Bev? Holy cow, she makes me look like a hater, she's such a goodie-two-shoes, really the most loving person I've ever known.

I'm just trying to find a way to stumble through this life without tripping over anyone else, and maybe lending a hand of support to anyone who needs it. I don't have time for hate. It robs me of joy.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 19, 2020:

Flourish back at you with the love. I certainly understand your position, isn't it held by around half of us Americans? But I think if you like or hate someone you still recognize their accomplishments. I had to look up the countries coming into peace. My bad.

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 19, 2020:

I don’t know, Eric. He’s anything but peaceful and peace loving. If two sides overseas agree to stop fighting for any length of time, fabulous. But I’m not sure our vengeful bumbling leader could even find them on a map. Sorry. He’s still a rat’s patootie. But I love you.