I recently heard a politician I really respect speak about John F. Kennedy’s creation of the Peace Corps. While elusive and hard to build, peace restores and heals, and nowhere is this more prevalent than in the Peace Corps. To be sure, on JFK’s Library Web site, it says the program aims to “encourage mutual understanding between Americans and people of other nations and cultures.”
While pondering the longevity, empathy and effectiveness of the Peace Corps, I came across a book dubbed Conversations with God that I read many years ago. The book made me think of how the idea of the Peace Corps resonated with my core values. And this in turn, made me pine for a concept introduced to me a long while ago, namely that real change comes from within, from the nexus of hearts and minds.
In Conversations with God, God addresses the author Neale Donald Walsch in an intimate way that draws in readers in an equally warm fashion. He speaks to all of us who have concern for the world and suggests that His message can be fruitful.
He says that you cannot have a society of selflessness and gentleness unless you see the interconnectedness of humanity. "[W]hat you do to others, you do to yourself; what you fail to do to others, you fail to do for yourself; that the pain of others is your pain.,” He said.
He goes on:
“Now is the time to reclaim yourself. Now is the time to see yourself again as Who You Really Are, and thus render yourself visible again. For when you, and your true relationship with God, become visible, then We are indivisible."
With so much conflict abroad and at home, it would be great if these good truisms were embraced across the planet.