I must confess that I always had a hard time with Bible verses like "love your enemy" or "pray for those who persecute you". I never understood a humanly possible way to do that. That's probably my mistake, trying to do that through my own understanding. Yet, the more at peace I am with myself the more energy I get to oil my emotional edges against haters. That's why I think we need to analyze a little deeper the word, peace. In my humble opinion, I think is underrated. I think it's been used as a cliche so much that people lost the taste for its power.
Let's start from the beginning. What's the meaning of peace?
Freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility. - a. mental calm; serenity
A state or period in which there is no war or a war has ended
Freedom from dispute or dissension between individuals or groups
These are a few examples describing the same feeling of quietness, wether it is in our minds or souls. I think that's the missing piece of this big puzzle. If I strife for peace I can agree to disagree without going to war against another human being which ultimately will bring serenity to my own life. If I strife for peace I can learn to respect others and the more peace I acquire, I might even have the compassion to listen and understand somebody else's pain. When we feel at peace we don't mean harm. Peace is the enemy of war as much as love is of hate.
We are all full of errors, even the smartest human beings. We are all different. We should embrace our differences as a matter of complementing this world. I am all about the unity of all human race but I love the fact that our differences decorate this world so creatively beautiful.
So when you feel like strangling someone that is giving you a hard time think of peace. Think of the power of mental calm and serenity. That's the first experience of true freedom. We can claim of living in the land of the free but have no idea what freedom feels like. Let me give you a clue. Peace!