Past Articles on the Idea of Peace
I was unsure if I should post these writings from the past or not, and I may still decide to delete them. Many times when our skills and thoughts evolve to new levels we are reluctant to revisit our lesser selves. But for others the journey to where we are now is not only of interest, but it can help them to determine the validity of our current ideas.
The following five articles (published in various new age websites and publications) are a sample of what I was thinking and writing about in 2007, the year between finishing my undergraduate degrees in religious and international studies and entering the master’s program in Integral Theory. It was a time deep reflection as I worked to integrate my life’s experiences with my newly acquired academic knowledge and my evolving spiritual beliefs. I was finding myself, and a bit full of myself. Many of the ideas in these articles are presented in dualistic language related to cause and effect, good or evil, peace or violence, human or divine, and feelings vs. emotions. But often times the language we use lags our growth, and I see these articles representing the transition to more nondual thought. The idea of unity was coming through, even if it was still a bit jumbled in my mind.
These articles show that I was already integrating the importance of human development into my views on achieving greater peace on earth. But, I was also still at the point where I believed that somehow humanity as a whole was going to make an evolutionary leap into a higher level of consciousness. This seems to be a common belief in some circles, but misses the fact that development is a continuum we all have to traverse. Today I better understand that while some members of the human race are reaching higher levels of complexity, all prior stages of development are, and always will be, part of our collective experience. In other words, there will always be large segments of people camped out in each developmental stage, they will each see the world in very different ways, and because of this we will never find common agreement on our most deeply held beliefs. How we act on that disagreement, though, is not dictated just by our developmental level but also by the quality of our mental health. For example, people holding fundamentalist views believe they are right and others are wrong, but it’s only those with sick minds that are willing to kill the other because of those views. (This metric of health, once validated, I feel should be considered the sixth element in the AQAL model of integral theory and would better inform the Wilber-Comb’s Matrix intersecting states and stages.)
One of the more prevalent themes comings through in this series of articles is the concept of personal responsibility. I suggest that each of us has a part to play in transforming our world—that peace cannot be forced or imposed, but rather it arises as a natural result of prevailing conditions. Regardless of our grand life plans to “save the world,” our true measure as a human being is defined by the quality of the little day-to-day decisions we make.
And finally, in these articles it comes through that I was questioning the sanity of almost seven billion people (at that time) being subservient to a few elites controlling the world system at least five years before reading Étienne de la Boétie’s Discourse on Voluntary Servitude. For me, this reinforces the idea that once a higher way of being emerges in our collective consciousness it will remain with us until it manifests, regardless of the time it takes. Our job is simple—have faith, adjust our process to the present moment, and never give up.
Robert A. Kezer, PhD