Back before I was born, Lennon was spending time promoting peace in a time where the concepts and his actions were largely looked at radical, subversive and even threatening to some. The concept of peaceful protest and even cultivating larger ideas of world peace are often ideas that are met with violent opposition. When I am reminded of places like Burma, China and Tibet, places where people have sacrificed their lives trying to promote radical ideas like Democracy and peace, I am humbled. In my infinite freedom here, am I doing the best I can to promote or cultivate a better life for all?
Some choose "radical" paths. Others choose to cultivate peace within. But regardless of anyone's path, it's only my place and my path that I get to choose. Would I rather respond with anger today or understanding? Would I rather focus on the differences in the "other" or cultivate our similarities? Am I judging someone's actions to feel better about myself or can I put myself in their shoes for a moment. Can I spend some time imaging a better world for all or just spend some time lamenting and wailing against the "opposition?"
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