“Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men”20 Dec 2017
As the story of Christmas goes, these are the words the angels sang when Jesus was born in Bethlehem over two thousand years ago. Christians around the world repeat the refrain every year, but they are not alone. The high holidays of all the world’s major religions call for peace. How can we expect our prayers to be answered without putting in the work to get us there? The words ring hollow in this divisive climate.
War begets war. It rarely brings about peace. Acts of hatred and hate-filled words directed at others likewise stoke these fires. But how do we stop it? We do know the answer. The major religions of the world teach us the answer. Children learn the answer in preschool. Be kind. Try to understand the other side. Speak civilly. Listen. Love one another. Not just your children or your parents. Not just your neighbors, or the members of your own house of worship, your own race, your own tribe, or your own country.
The challenge is to love everyone. This does not mean you should lie there and wait for others to end your life, steal your dignity, or challenge your freedom. But, if we subscribe to “an eye for an eye,” we shall all be left blind. Perhaps nearsightedness has taken us too far down the path of hatred already.
If we want peace on earth, we must show goodwill to our fellow human beings. Peace begins between individuals and grows. We at the Murthy Law Firm wish you and your family a holiday filled with love. We encourage everyone to take a step toward peace on earth. Be kind.
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