Saturday, 11 September 2010

Overheated

The present writer is a capable as anybody of getting overheated. No, not hot flushes, merely the contagious rush of blood to the head that leads to lost tempers, soon to be regretted words and sometimes worse. Writ large, fuelled by deep seated grievances, by history, encouraged by today's speedy communication technology, we are in a fix. How do we calm things down, not inflame what is already overheated?


“There can be no peace amongst nations without peace amongst religions; 
No peace is possible between religions without dialogue between them; 
and no dialogue can be had between the religions without investigation of their individual foundations.” 
H Kung


And from the Sojourners website:


Peace is not a matter of prizes or trophies. It is not the product of a victory or command. It has no finishing line, no final deadline, no fixed definition of achievement. Peace is a never-ending process, the work of many decisions by many people in many countries. It is an attitude, a way of life, a way of solving problems and resolving conflicts. It cannot be forced on the smallest nation or enforced by the largest. It cannot ignore our differences or overlook our common interests. It requires us to work and live together. 

Oscar Arias S├ínchez, 
from his Nobel Lecture

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The problem with these intellectual theories is they ignore the fact that, without acknowledgement of andsubmission to the Lord Jesus Christ the world will never know true lasting peace as he alone is Prince of peace.
The sinful human nature and its role in personal and larger conflicts will not be resolved until Christ himself returns.
Your philospher/speaker Kung mentions peace or dialgoue between religions. Christ never advocated Gospel by force.Re Christian belief either a christian accepts that Jesus Christ is the only way truth and life or they deny the truth of the gospel that brought them salvation and the Lord. All other religions cults deny the truth of Christ Jesus and hence cannot be accepted by those who claim to be genuine believers. A 'Chrisitianity' which incorporates 'islam' for, xample is not true Christianity but universalism or some other synchretistic pick n mix faith