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Stirring Up the Wind

Dear Friend,

Is it better to spread tranquility or discord?

That may seem like a strange question, but great philosophers have disagreed on this point throughout time.

If your life’s mission is to spread peace in its simplest and most basic form, then it seems logical to focus your efforts on spreading a sense of peace wherever you go.

If, on the other hand, your mission is to awaken others from a spiritual slumber and into a new awareness of reality, then your mission may literally be to spread discord.

Jesus of Nazareth said himself in (Mat 10:34-36) “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. (35) For I have come to turn “‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law– (36) a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’

For those of us less initiated in Christian theology this doesn’t exactly sound like the Jesus we thought we knew. Yet Jesus, Socrates, Buddha, Confucius and Gandhi can all be said to have been prophets and philosophers who came to the world intent on shaking it up. None of these men simply walked around smiling and holding up peace signs, although their nature certainly encompassed a love of peace.

Is it better to spread tranquility or discord? Well, we might say that it is best to follow your life’s mission, roll with life’s punches, and hopefully spread peace in the moment, even while stirring things up to ensure a greater peace for all time.

What are your thoughts?

Talk to you soon,

Hugh

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