Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Defining Heaven

have you define yourself a heaven, lately?
I do... heaven is a state of being peace with myself thus others.

Since peace is condition required then you might be aware that there are states where peace does not present. What are those?

I like to include quotes about war and peace from two major scholars of its study. Both share a realistic view on war and peace.
first, Thomas Hobbes:
“There is always war of every one against every one. Hereby its manifest, that during the time men live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that condition which is called war, and such a war, is of every man against every man. For war, consisteth not in battle only, or the act of fighting; but in a tract of time wherein the will to contend by battle is sufficiently known: and therefore the notion of time, is to be considered in the nature of war; as it is in the nature of weather. For as the nature as foul wether, lieth not in shower or two of rain; but in an inclination thereto of many days together: so the nature of war consisteth not in actual fighting; but in the known disposition thereto, during all the time thereis no assurance to contrary. All other time is peace.”

then, Johan Galtung:
“What we intend only that the terms ‘peace’ and ‘violence’ be linked to each other such that ‘peace’ can be regarded as ‘absence of violence’.”


Now, you've learn that the term peace can not be solely defined without acknowledgement of the war term. You got the whole idea is about nature.
Still, you wonder about how can we make peace with ourself...
This is my offer, a method to make peace with yourself.First, you have to find out your enemy within yourself. That is your ego. You’ll notice that it always state a contra to somewhat we called ‘peace of mind’. Most of the time, we choose to go with our ego and leave the other defeated, and then let the ego lead us to battle other person ego.
Second, practice yourself not to win your ego and make the ‘peace of mind’ spread its words among those who battle.
After you lose your entire ego, then you’ll find yourself in a very state of peace. That moment I defined as heaven.

How about me?
I definitely still at war…