“When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere”–François de la Rochefoucauld (French classical author, leading exponent of the Maxime, 1613–1680)
I do have a good run with Retired Capt. Conrad Aquino last time, and while running we conversed with adverse topics such as life, running techniques and war. His previous experiences in Mindanao gave me a glimpse on how he fought valiantly and as a soldier, protected our nation from many insurgents.
This gives me an opportunity to share something about this topic.
According to history, since 3600 BC the world has known only 292 years of peace. During this period, there have been 14,351 wars, large and small, in which 3,640,000,000 people have been killed. The value of the destruction would pay for the golden belt around the world 156 kilometers in width and 10 meters thick.
By far the most costly war in terms of human life was World War 2 (1939-45) in which the total number of fatalities including battle deaths and civilians of all countries, is estimated to have been 54,800,000. The country which suffered most was Poland with 6,028,000 or 22.2 percent of her population of 27,007,000 killed.
War is inevitable. Even in the Bible times, there were so many bloodsheds. From Cain killing Abel to Moses against Pharaoh to Israelites against Philistines, David vs Goliath thing, up to the days of Jesus Christ to his disciples until the Book of Revelation. War has lorded it over than peace!
In one beauty contests just held recently, a representative from Sarajebo said in question and answer portion that her only wish was, ‘ to have lasting peace and order on this planet earth.’ Very simple answer but for her, very meaningful. Her country was being pestered by war for so many years, killing thousands of his countrymen already.
Man yearns for peace. And while we’re so fortunate to have it here in our country (except in some parts in Mindanao), many failed to appreciate its real meaning.
We have our own ‘warfares’ to face with. Our daily struggles in life just to survive, those problems, challenges…We are always at war! And not unless our faith is secured in Him, we may end up losing the battle. If there’s no more ‘peace’ within ourselves, we may end up disappointed, frustrated, and in worst case scenario-some commit suicide.
H.G. Wells once wrote, “The time has come for me to reorganize my life, my peace-I cry out. I cannot adjust my life to secure any fruitful peace. Here I am at 64, still seeking peace. It’s a hopeless dream.”
Ahhh, men yearn for peace! And it’s impossible to find it in our circumstances or within ourselves.
Maybe, it’s about time to internalize this mantra, coming from a Man who was known as the Prince of Peace. He said some 2,000 years ago, “Peace I live with you, not the kind of peace that the world gives. In this world you’ll have troubles, but cheer up, for I have overcome the world.” -Jesus Christ
God be Praised!