The dinner for the ambassadors was well attended. Minbara represented the United States of the Americas (North, Central and South), while Cassandra the United States of Africa. Three other ambassadors were also present, representing the other continents. The commissaries from each delegation also sat at the head table, along with the President and Chancellor of the Trade Union. The dinner consisting of Baked Ziti and Egg Plant Parmesan over herbed Linguini was delicious. The Grand Hall in the InterContinental Space Station was an appropriate place to hold this dinner. We had just concluded a trade pact that would insure continued cooperation and prosperity for all parties. A potential conflict was averted. Instead, well being and prosperity were assured for the people.
The President stood up to addressed the assembly, approached the microphone, and then with a smile said, “Dear Ambassadors, I propose this toast to your good health and the future prosperity and well being of all Earth’s colonies. Let this new trade pack and cooperation be an example for other systems to emulate and learn from. The wisdom presented by the colonies trumps personal objectives and individual interests, by focusing on the well being of all people.”
“Congratulations, and may peace reign,” concluded the President. There was loud applause and smiles across the entire assembly.
The practice of meditation enhances both the personal, as well as the communal, foundation for peace. Mediators create a positive influence on all members of their society.
In a previous post we talked about how the properties of superfluids and superconductors shared similar characteristics, or traits, as that of enlightenment. Both are states of utmost orderliness in nature. A superconductor has zero electrical resistance, which means that once an electric current is started it will flow in the material unimpeded forever.
When a metal is cooled and makes the transition from a normal to superconducting state, how it reacts to a magnetic field changes. Normally, when a magnetic field is applied to a metal its atoms line up with that field, essentially making it a magnet. However, when a magnetic field is applied to a material while its temperature is being reduced to near absolute zero, as the transition to a superconductor takes place, the magnetic field is deflected and no longer passes through the material. That’s what happens when a magnetic field is applied to Tin (Sn) at 3.72 degrees Kelvin. The magnetic field is ejected and has no influence in the material. This is called the Meissner effect.
The orderliness within the superconductor is unaffected by outside influences. A magnetic field simply passes around it.
When an individual meditates they become a bulwark of stability, their state of orderliness is a stable foundation (self actualization) for peace.
There is some evidence that indicates that if 1% of a population mediates the effect on the community is enough to elicit broader social and communal benefits. But as with any sociological study it is often hard to statistical prove. When dealing with life issues and behavior there are so many influences involved. To be sure, more needs to be investigated and studied in this area. But we can definitely say the meditation can have a profound effect on the individual level, and also on the communal level.
The inner silence of meditation elicits (Meissner Effect) stability and peace in the presence of chaos. The rise of individual consciousness facilitates the rise of global consciousness.
Over the past century, as the human race slowly awakens, several attempts have been made to foster peace and understanding between nations:
Treaty of Versailles (1919-1920)
Treaty of Sèvres (1920)
Treaty of Lausanne (1923)
Conference of Sanremo (1920)
The League of Nations (1919-1946)
The United Nations (1945-present)
The Treaty of Versailles (1919-1920) was a gallant attempt, followed by The League of Nations (1919-1946) to prevent war through collective security, disarmament, negotiation and arbitration. Its 58 members employed sanctions which did not work, and had no standing army. The United States was not a member, and rivalry between Germany, Italy and Japan spelled doom for the organization.
The United Nations was born in 1945. The Charter of the United Nations was signed on 26 June 1945, in San Francisco. It reads:
WE THE PEOPLES OF THE UNITED NATIONS DETERMINED …
* to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and
* to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and
* to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and
* to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,
AND FOR THESE ENDS …
* to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbours, and
* to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security, and
* to ensure, by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest, and
* to employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples,
HAVE RESOLVED TO COMBINE OUR EFFORTS TO ACCOMPLISH THESE AIMS …
Accordingly, our respective Governments, through representatives assembled in the city of San Francisco, who have exhibited their full powers found to be in good and due form, have agreed to the present Charter of the United Nations and do hereby establish an international organization to be known as the United Nations.
Non Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) have also proliferated and do provide a wealth of services to the world community. One such organization, “Doctors without Borders,” is international renowned and respected.
The Nobel Peace Prize is one of the five Nobel Prizes, bequeathed by the Swedish industrialist and inventor Alfred Nobel. It has been awarded 90 times to 120 Laureates between 1901 and 2009; 97 times to individuals and 23 times to organizations. Some recipients are:
1964, The Nobel Peace Prize
Martin Luther King Jr.
1979, The Nobel Peace Prize
1985, The Nobel Peace Prize
International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
1989, The Nobel Peace Prize
The 14th Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)
1993, The Nobel Peace Prize
Nelson Mandela, Frederik Willem de Klerk
1997, The Nobel Peace Prize
International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) , Jody Williams
1999, The Nobel Peace Prize
Médecins Sans Frontières
2009, The Nobel Peace Prize
Barack H. Obama
Our capacity for peace and how we define it depends upon our level of consciousness. Are we satisfied with just ending hostilities, or are we mature enough to create a solid foundation where only friends are born to the world?
Albert Einstein has said, “One can’t solve a problem with the same level of consciousness at which the problem arose.”
That is a familiar theme on this blog. It’s often necessary to transcend the problem and make a paradigm shift (a change in basic assumptions) in order to find real solutions. More UN troops, creative power sharing arrangements, forced multiculturalism, land for peace; all of those methods are non-lasting and do not get at the root of the problem – lack of full development of the individual.
Meditate and bask in the light of silent pure consciousness. Wherever we are on life’s path we can contribute to peace. Support peace, liberty, and justice for all. Every individual is divine and has a purpose. Walk forward every day firmly established in the foundation for peace, existence consciousness and bliss (Sat Chit Ananda).
Peace and Harmony for all People,
Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
One must look hard through history to find when a clear understanding of the truth moved anyone to fire the first shot.
Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me.
~Seymour Miller & Jill Jackson, “Let There Be Peace on Earth,” 1955
You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.
~Attributed to both Golda Meir and Indira Gandhi
Five great enemies to peace inhabit with us: avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride. If those enemies were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.