Today, the values of democracy, open society, respect for human rights, equality, and my favourite value; dignity, are becoming recognised all over the world as universal values. This is not an education, revolution nor a progression but a realisation of values.
To my mind there is an intimate connection between democratic values and the fundamental values of human compassion, human kindness and human society.
Where there is democracy there is a greater possibility for the citizens of the country to express human qualities towards kindness and equality, and where these basic human qualities prevail, there is also a greater scope for strengthening democracy, and relieving the suffering of others. Democracy is also the most effective peaceful tools for ensuring local and global peace.
We all have this responsibility to work for peace. This lies not only with our leaders, but also with each of us individually, inside of our minds as much as within our external reach.
Within each of us, peace starts. It doesn’t need discovering or learning, it needs realisation. When we realise we have this we bring peace to our minds and those around us in our communities.
When our community is in a state of peace, it can share that peace, and tools of peace with neighbouring communities and so on. Like any good idea, now is the time that peace can “become viral” can spread through our technology of communication to truly bring the mechanisms and tools of peace, peacefully.
When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace. It is reflected to us in good thoughts, new connections, endearment and friendships.
We can work consciously to develop feelings of love and kindness. For some of us, the most effective way to do so is through religious or spiritual practice. For others it may be non-religious practices such as self development or management techniques. As with enlightenment, all peaceful paths to peace are valid.
What is important is that we each make a sincere effort for peace. To take seriously our responsibility for each other and the world in which we live.
Tony Malone, 2021