Will this ever happen? It should be the main aim of all mankind but we seem to be becoming more and more self centered as we adopt the material god worship which took over our lives towards the end of the 20th century.

Many people who don’t embrace the Christian faith, and many like myself who left it in disgust at its hypocrisy, can see the sense and advantage of wanting peace. There are enough disasters in the world such as floods, fires, cyclones and droughts for mankind to give its full energy to without putting money into armaments.  All the latter does is to add further to the misery felt in many parts of the world as people lose their homes for all sorts of reasons and millions go hungry. The miseries of wars are triggered by a few people wanting to better their own position in life, and their own egos, by using power against others.

The Christians believe that there is an afterlife  in which they will be rewarded for their good deeds but many of them still keep an enormous part of what they own or inherit for their own use. I suspect that even the idea of a tithe was created by those for whom keeping the other nine-tenths of what they had meant that they could still live very nicely thank you. One of the advantages of ageing is that you find that it doesn’t take much money to be able to live comfortably; we realise that our need for material possessions no longer exists as our lifestyle changes. The exception to this financial comfortability seems to be with older people who don’t own their homes and have to pay exorbitant rents to people who are already probably fairly well off themselves.

So how can we contribute to achieving peace on earth? Firstly we need to replace war by dialogue. The trouble with this is that it often does little for the egos of those involved in creating war. Secondly we need to identify those around the world who have inadequate shelter and not enough food and make a concerted effort to address both problems. Any who are causing the problems need to be made to sit down together and sort out their differences. We can only achieve this if all the religions of the world unite to realise that this is the only way we can have a world of fairness to all. The problem with this is that we would also need to make the leaders of the religions sit down together and sort out their differences which prohibit the world from achieving this. What a different world we would have if the creator of the world had stipulated that the only way to gain admittance to the next world could only be through a life spent working towards a fair and peaceful world! Suddenly there would be a huge slump in the luxury goods markets! Unfortunately we have been given no such instructions and we have been left to determine our own purpose in life. I suspect it should not be to collect as many material goods as possible while others starve to death through no fault or their own. Meanwhile most people seem to think that this is the only life we have and they are going to enjoy it. The trouble is they think the latter is achieved through material possessions and find themselves in an endless loop; the more you have the more you want.

At least some people have a genuine desire for peace but we need to work together regardless of race, faith or nationality. Lets start.

Audrey