What needs to happen for this cycle to be finally and irrevocably broken? This is a question repeatedly asked by those who have actively pursued peace and social justice over the centuries. The answer remains elusive. Having this discussion is vitally important if the species is to endure for a prolonged period of time especially given the strain on natural resources on planet earth created by the material needs of a population of over 7 billion individuals - a population that continues to grow and further increase the pressure placed on those essentials for survival – clean water, clean air, shelter and adequate nutrition. These issues are enormous and do not include the ramifications of unchecked climate change as a result of the combustion of so-called “fossil fuels.”
In my opinion, in order to radically change the trajectory of human history, transformation must be approached from within. It is the cultural and societal assumptions that we have all been taught to adhere to - whether through overt or more subtle means – that must be examined and ultimately reformed. It is through self-discipline and self-analysis that individuals can examine their motivations and more accurately define the internal forces that drive them. It is through such a process that raw emotions - through which rage and aggression operate – can be successfully constrained and ultimately supplanted by reasoned judgment and tempered by love.