A crash course in changing the world.
Not long ago, a farmer, who had worked tirelessly to build an organic garden system on his property, harvested the crop of sugar snap peas which were crisply hanging from their vines. A huge tornado blew up, and the farmer ran for the storm cellar. Skirting the edge of the farm, the tornado left minimal damage in its wake, tossing the baskets of harvested peas in the air, and scattering the peas across the field.
After the tornado had dissipated, the farmer emerged, to view a beautiful rainbow, which looked as if it had sprung up right from his own garden!
When his neighbors came to make sure he was alright, he was still wandering in the garden, at the foot of the rainbow.
“What are you doing?” the neighbors asked.
“Looking for whirled peas,” the farmer replied.
Can peace be found at the end of the rainbow?
Like the pot of gold, more myth than legend, it is a pretty story. But to find peace, to develop peace, to sustain peace, takes work, cooperation, compassion, strength.
If I had the power to convince one person, or one million people to do one thing, it would be to quest for peace.
If an infant cries, and parents sob because there is no food to be had, will peace feed them? No. But providing food to carry the people through a famine, and the training and necessities to enable the people to grow their own food next season, can bring peace from the gnawing worry of food security. And peace can grow.
If a nation thirsts, and supplies of potable water are dwindling, and the earth is cracking with drought, bringing emergency water purifiers, and training the people to reclaim and recycle greywater, to save and utilize all rainwater runoff, however scarce, to till the earth in curved hills to conserve water used for crops can bring peace from the fear of living in a dry, inhospitable earth, with no hope of growing the plants that can halt desertification. Peace, like permaculture plantings in a dry land, can, with care, grow.
If a region mourns, because too many women die in childbirth, too many infants are orphaned by HIV/AIDS, too many men and women have no work and fear there will be no escape from the downward spiral towards marginalization, isolation, or social upheaval, introduce opportunities for cooperative intervention through medical assistance, improved information, health and safety precautions, and infrastructure building which can improve community-based employment, and regional productivity and sustainability.
Peace is a superhero which can assume many guises, and heal many wounds. Peace is a necessary component of any sustainable plan for a secure, flourishing life.
Evoke Agents, whatever their expertise or interest or strength, can all join together, as Agents for Peace.
If I could Evoke one million people, if I could Evoke all of you, to do one thing, it would be to please become super agents for peace. Using all the powers at your command, quest for peace.