Pursing Harmony

15 Dec

 

Leo Tolstoy once wrote, “Satan can never be driven out by Satan. Error can never be corrected by error, and devil cannot be vanquished by evil.”[1]

Jesus said, “Do not resist an evil doer.” Many wise people and peace advocates have said, “You can’t fight fire with fire.” So why doesn’t anyone listen to them?

People don’t listen because they don’t believe you can achieve what you want unless you overpower your opponent. Conversation takes too much time. Understanding the thinking of someone in another culture or life perspective is incidental to your own agenda. It shows the immaturity of humanity.

Let’s do it differently.

The world will change when it sees people proving that the right way to deal with differences of opinion is to be able to take the perspective of the other person. Try to understand — what are their fears? What are their insecurities? What do they really want or need? Is there a viable alternative where both sides can get what they want?

Pursuing harmony requires patience, compassion, understanding, maturity, and resolve. Do you have it? If not, buy some gasoline and see if it helps you find peace in your life when the next fire erupts in your life.

[1] Leo Tolstoy, The Kingdom of God is Within You (New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 2005) 13.

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