Question from the Internet:
“What is a ritual that seems to create peace?”
I am not sure what you mean by “ritual”. But let us say, “ritual” is something we get accustomed to, we do regularly and it is something many people start to follow.
Then the “ritual” that can create peace is our constant, habitual attempts, efforts, to build mutually responsible, mutually complementing interconnections, cooperation with each other — above and against our instinctive reactions, above and against our inherent, subjective and egoistic distrust and rejection of others.
And the more we try to do this, honestly, with all our efforts, the more we will realize that we are incapable, as our self-serving, self-justifying, individualistic ego always stops us, weakens, corrupts our attempts to connect, always pulling us back to our dark, closed, introverted, subjective bubbles, criticizing, blaming, rejecting the others we would need to connect with.
If we do these efforts and follow this “ritual” — despite the recurring obstacles, failures — in a uniquely organized, closed, mutually committed environment, that is following a special method to achieve true peace, then the mutual inspiration, support, collective yearning for achieving true peace can offset, neutralize the failures, disappointments, obstacles set by the fighting, ever-growing ego.
Then our mutual need, collective aspiration towards we seemingly cannot achieve and the constant fight, corruption of the ego creates such an intolerable contrast, sich an elemental desire, need that we actually “give birth” to the previously dormant, unknown ability to accept, serve and love others more than we accept, serve, love ourselves.
This is when our “ritual” finally leads us to the fragile, dynamic, constantly renewed peace we build above and against ourselves.