Who is a person of peace?

Question from the Internet:

“Are you a person of peace? How do you show it?”

I am not a person of peace. Like everybody else I was born with a ruthlessly competitive, fiercely, and proudly individualistic nature, I enjoy succeeding at the expense of others, when I can feel that I am more, higher, stronger, more clever, more capable than others.

And since I am in constant “war”, ruthless competition with others, I am also not a person in peace, since I am constantly worried about my state, how to I compare to others, what I can take from others and what they can take from me.

But I can learn how to build and sustain peace above and against my instinctive nature through understanding that I am simply a single cell in Humanity’s closed, integrated, and interdependent “body” and that Humanity is also simply an integral part of Nature’s integral system. Thus our survival depends on “peace”, on learning how to build a mutually responsible, mutually complementing whole out of myriads of diverse, seemingly incompatible parts.

Showing this to others is possible only through obvious positive examples, when a certain number of people start, purposefully and methodically building “peace”, initially in closed, mutually committed, mutually supportive, and mutually complementing environments.

Then they can attract others to them, these small environments can merge — while the general population becomes tired, loses everything, or even dies from constant war and ruthless competition.

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Zsolt Hermann

Zsolt Hermann

I am a Hungarian-born Orthopedic surgeon presently living in New Zealand, with a profound interest in how mutually integrated living systems work.