How are freedom and peace interrelated?
Question from the Internet:
“Is freedom more important than peace?”
The two notions are very much interrelated.
As long as we consider “freedom” some personal independence from others, a state where we aim to do everything we want to do according to our inherently egocentric, individualistic, subjective and selfish calculations, there will never be peace. Instead, we will continue with our excessive, selfish overconsumption and ruthless competition at each other’s expense until we consume each other like cancer.
True peace — a finely balanced, mutually integrated, and mutually complementing state in human society will be achieved only when we liberate ourselves from the tyrannical control of our inherent egos. We will build a sustainable, peaceful, relatively equal and prosperous human society — based on Nature’s finely balanced and mutually integrated template — when our mutual connections and constant, reciprocal care for each other becomes more important than instinctive and blind self-love and self-care.
We will have peace when the expression of “love another as yourself” becomes a practical reality for our lives, understanding that “loving others” is synonymous with “loving me” since in this fully integrated and interdependent world, those “others” are parts of myself, they are also cells of the same, single, closed and integrated living organism.
This is the state of freedom from the inherently selfish, individualistic ego, which is the basis of life.