We Are Losing Peace
Life became hard (11)

La vida se nos ha hecho difícil (11)

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Having peace is something very important in our lives, and in this beginning of the third millennium we are losing it because of the acceleration of our world.

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As you may have noticed, the previous ten articles of this series were written in 2001, that is, nine years ago. Obviously, they were not written considering this new site dedicated to the theme of peace. And the interesting thing is that, even so, these articles, oriented to show that in this time life has become difficult for us, they come to me very much on the subject of peace, since our peace deteriorates when life is makes difficult. And maybe also the other way around: when our peace deteriorates, life becomes difficult for us.

Already on the home page of this site, or Home page, it was mentioned that the achievement of peace requires due ensemble or harmony of various aspects of our life. Well, in the previous ten articles of this series you can see the deterioration caused in our lives to failures in these aspects. And of course, this deterioration results in a deterioration of our peace. Below I detail these aspects and the articles that have some correspondence with them:

Our family. We are losing love. We are losing family.

Our education We are losing criteria. We are losing consciousness.

Our work. We are competing too much. We are losing faith.

Our society. We are losing faith. We are losing hope.

Our world universe. We are losing hope. We are losing the person.

Our values. We are losing moral. We are losing hope.

Our religion. We are losing hope. We are losing God.

Lack of knowledge and judgment leads us to lack of faith and hope; and the gradual loss of hope leads us little by little to despair, which steals our peace. It turns out, then, that the current situation in our world, so accelerated and competitive, is making our lives difficult and stealing our peace.

Although the articles in this series can be read independently, there is a relationship between them; due to which the reading of each one will be better used if it is related to that of the others, which can be found by activating the link offered immediately:

Life has been difficult for us

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It is obvious and we all understand that without peace there can be no happiness. Peace is oriented to happiness, to full bliss. The relationship between peace and joy is so close, that we are easily surprised by longing for peace in itself. The ancient Greek thinkers had already pointed out some false sources of happiness: power, wealth, fame and pleasure.

However, and ignoring those wise points, our world is dedicated to bombard us, through the mass media, with countless messages that want to convince us that we will achieve happiness through those same false sources: power, riches, fame and pleasure. Today we are invaded by the culture of having, as opposed to the culture of being.

The acceleration of our world

Maybe it's the rush, always or almost always in a hurry, that steals our peace faster. It is as if the rush wanted to rob us of peace in haste. And in a hurry we do things with less care, rashly, and many times we do them badly or less well than we would like. And that has the consequence of taking away our peace a little later, perhaps in the medium or long term.

Why is it that we are in a hurry? This is a good question. Perhaps there are many people who have never done it. There are different responses that fly like flying in the air. One of them is that today it is well seen to be in a hurry, as if only for that reason one was an active person, or very active, with ambition of personal improvement and important projects to be carried out.

Others think that the rush is due to personal responsibility, for having accepted positions of importance for the achievement of goals of interest to many, whether in small or large societies. And again the person is well regarded, as generous, for accepting the burden of responsibilities that others dodge. As if following the criteria of Gabriela Mistral, Nobel Prize for literature, who said in one of her poems: Where there is an effort that everyone dodges, accept it. Although, of course, she did not pretend that people walked in a hurry.

Others, perhaps most, believe that the rush is generated almost automatically in an overcrowded world in which it is increasingly difficult to achieve home, clothing and livelihood for oneself and those who depend on one. It is increasingly difficult to get a job, and even more a good job. Today a lot of knowledge is required, such as having finished a university degree, and even a master's degree or a doctorate. And so life is filled with activities that need to be carried out at certain times and deadlines. Therefore, the rush would come from the more or less precise times in which many activities must be carried out.

The last statement is false, despite all the visions it has of being true. This is proved by some activities that must be carried out in such precise times that a second delay or advance would be totally intolerable, and yet they are carried out on time by people who are not in a hurry or burdens, but are happy to do them in those time. It's about the musicians of a symphony orchestra.

Against everything said in favor of haste is the well-known phrase attributed to Napoleon: Put on my boots slowly, I'm in a hurry. Or did Napoleon not have many things to do? And something similar happens with many great leaders, such as kings, presidents, prime ministers, and even popes; We do not see them running or in great hurry. Why? How do they do it?

They do it because they do not intend to do, every day and personally, more than they can personally; either because they decide to reduce their activities, or because they know how to delegate properly. But there are activities that should not be suppressed, such as sleeping; and there are those that should not be delegated, such as taking care of one's wife; and there are also those that should not be suppressed or delegated, such as preparing to die well.

In short, everyone must decide what activities they intend to perform personally each day, in order to perform them well and live in peace. And the others, you will have to delete or delegate them. Doing this is an important part of knowing how to live.

No defense before the media

Unfortunately, the mass media continuously bombard us with fierce consumer-type advertising messages: buy this, buy that, this is better and cheaper, save buying, travel now and pay later, and so on, and so on. And of course, people bite the hook and get into debt buying, especially with credit cards. The consequence is that afterwards, to be able to pay, you have to work harder, or get a second job, and thus appear the rush and stress, and the loss of peace; or it will be necessary that the wife also works, although the small children must be sent to a nursery and the poor ones have to suffer the lack of maternal love.

The media also spread the idea that the quality of life consists in having many things: good house, or several houses (at sea, in the mountains, abroad, etc.); wear branded clothes and frequent good restaurants; good cars, and new, preferably one for a family member who is already of driving age; many trips, to get to know the main parts of the world; sailboats, light aircraft, etc. The media spread the culture of having with absolute preference to the culture of being. Consumerism has no limits, has no filler.

The media also keep the people dumbfounded, often in collaboration with governments, through programs that seem to be aimed precisely at that purpose. Indeed, a haunted town is easier to maneuver. The media have bewitched men through great shows of sports competitions, women with soap operas and children with cartoons. And these three types of programs reinforce advertising consumerism, as they are usually sponsored by advertising. And they also promote scandalous, immoral or yellowish issues, which are always "news" and increase the rating and economic gains. It may be said that the media may not directly seek social damage, but only money, although this results in social damage.

But the worst of all is that people, with few exceptions, have no way of defending themselves from the mentioned bombardment coming from the media. That is why public opinion, in general, and also the opinion of most people ends up conforming to what is disseminated by the media. This does not mean that there is a unique opinion, since the media themselves promote the diversity of conflicting opinions, in a competitive and "democratic" manner, which also improves the rating and profits. In this way people "form" their "own criteria" based on discussions in which they try to make some of the various options that the media propose to them prevail. In short, people end up having no real self opinion, no criteria, and they reduce themselves to repeating and arguing without solid foundations about the options offered by the media.

Thus we have come to have a society without criteria and without critical capacity, because people do not study fundamental human issues, because they do not read and because they do not think; and when he thinks he thinks badly, because he can't reason It is sad, very sad, but that is the situation of our current world, at least as a general tonic. And that's why the world is so bad.

Problems from the established

Man is a naturally social being, and therefore wishes to be well considered and accepted in the society to which he belongs, from the small society of the group of directly known people, such as relatives, friends and colleagues, to the great world society, passing by various intermediate societies. He wants to be treated with respect, be on the guest lists, that his opinions are heard and well considered, have a good job, be economically solvent, have good credit, and so on. All this is natural for the human being.

But all of the above is much easier if one accepts and adapts to what is socially established, such as urban norms and many other things. And the range of all those other things in huge. We could say that in all human activities some of these things are established. No doubt they have been establishing themselves in the important aspects to achieve peace mentioned above: in the familiar, educational, labor, social, world, axiological and religious.

On the other hand, in what is being established, many errors are always infiltrating. And this is largely due to human selfishness. Not all of us are markedly selfish, but we all have some selfishness. Either way, selfishness is a very negative vice. It has been said that a selfish person is able to burn his neighbor's house to fry an egg. It has also been said that there is enough for everyone, but that there is not enough for a single selfish person.

There is enough for everyone because the universal destiny of goods tells us that God made the goods of this world for the benefit of all. But in a short time those goods were left in the hands of a few, and that trend continues to increase to this day. The marked selfishness of some is characterized by an excessive desire for power and wealth, which over time they have been monopolizing. And then, those rich and powerful have been establishing customs and laws that favor them, and that favor that they can continue to monopolize more and more power and more and more wealth.

An example of the above is that the law of supply and demand has been established and accepted: the prices of things increase when their demand increases. When many need a certain product or service, those who offer it increase the price, taking advantage of the need of others, in an obviously selfish way. The example is further clarified if we look at it in the case of medicines. Medicines are very expensive because those who sell them take advantage of human pain to earn money. Another example is that the rich can buy cheap just as the poor have to buy expensive. The rich earn interest by lending their money without having to work, while the poor have to borrow money and pay interest in order to work. In short, things are set so that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer; in which there are obviously many mistakes.

Need to have the capacity for criticism and self-criticism

The above were some examples of how mistakes have infiltrated the economic field; but we can easily recognize errors that have infiltrated the other main aspects that interest us. In the familiar, the errors of divorce and of all the forms that undermine the stability and family unity have been introduced. In education are the negative consequences of school failures, due to the hateful school system of exams and grades. In labor matters we have fierce competitiveness and huge income differences between those above and those below in companies. Socially there are social differences, judicial injustices, the democracy of political parties in conflict, which they see more for their own interests than for the common good. In the world we have wars, guerrillas and terrorism, the manufacture of weapons and the false justifications that are given of all that. Regarding the values ​​today, many of the errors mentioned above are proposed, and others, as if they were authentic values. And religiously there is indifferentism and practical atheism, as if God did not exist or as if their existence and performance depended on our personal tastes and ways of thinking.

And of course, the previous one does not pretend to be an exhaustive list of the infiltrated and established errors in the important aspects of our lives, but only a list of few examples, as a sample. To achieve peace we must discover and unmask, at least only in our own eyes, all established errors that affect these main aspects of our lives, as far as possible. And that implies openness of mind, personal honesty, determination and courage, because many such errors, already established, have been considered as good customs or as truths fully accepted by us, by our parents and our grandparents, and also by society in that we live. In short, it is required to have the ability to criticize and self-criticism.

And if it takes determination and courage to recognize them and unmask them personally, it takes more determination and courage to begin to correct them personally, and then move on to make them known to others and help them also recognize and correct them. . It is a very delicate work that must be carried out with great tact, without judging others and being very careful that they do not feel judged by us. Only in this way can peace be built, first personal, and then family and social.

How can you achieve all that? Obviously this article does not pretend nor is it the place to say it. Here we just want to point out the issue of peace and what to face in order to achieve it. The place to say it, at least to the extent of my possibilities, and of those who are collaborating, is this website, whose name is precisely peace-Christian-ensemble, where it is intended to point out everything that needs to be assembled or harmonized to In order to achieve peace. I hope that this task can be achieved and that it will be useful for many.

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