These days, like many people, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what’s going on in the world. And like many people I am very disturbed about what I see, hear, and read — the chaos, the war, the terrorism, environmental collapse, corruption, greed, and insane politics – at least some of which has been exacerbated by the recent ascendance of America’s 45th President. In response, I have been deeply considering what my responsibility is – both as an American citizen and a citizen of the world. Sometimes, especially in the past few months, I have felt completely powerless, a cog in a gigantic machine. Other times, I’ve felt the complete opposite – that I can make a difference and, in my own small way, am making a difference.
Existentially speaking, of course, writing a letter to the leader of your country or marching in the streets or calling your political representatives can often feel like a waste of time, nothing more than howling in the wind – a symbolic act, at best. I get it. I do. But not all actions are futile. Some actually make a difference, especially if they are sustained over time.
And so, to further play my part, I am asking you to do one simple thing at this precise moment in time– to contemplate the following quote: “The best way to make a stick shorter is to put a bigger stick next to it.”
Whatever country you are a citizen of and whoever your President, Premier, King, Queen, or Grand PooBah is, if you are dissatisfied with their leadership, I am asking you to step up and put a bigger stick next to him or her – the stick of peace. I am not suggesting that this is the only way to change things for the better. There are many ways – some of which you may already be committed to. But just in case there is room for one more way – I am inviting you to be part of a growing, grassroots, worldwide movement – to intelligently position the “bigger stick of peace”.
What this looks like to you, I haven’t a clue. It can take on many different forms – especially since, these days, there are many different peace initiatives springing up that are worthy of your time and attention. For me, I am inviting everyone I know (and everyone I don’t know) to explore TimelessToday (see link below) a recently launched website dedicated to peace. This is not a political website. Nor is it a religious, spiritual, New Age, or anti-anything website. It is simply a website that features a timeless message of peace – a message relevant to people everywhere, regardless of their nationality, religion, skin color, language, philosophy, politics, gender, education, or tax bracket. Featured on the site are audios, videos, and stories of a man whose work I have greatly admired since 1971. His name is Prem Rawat. Known in many parts of the words as an “Ambassador of Peace,” he is a refreshing voice of clarity and wisdom.
You may already be a fan of his. Or maybe you have heard of him, but concluded he wasn’t your cup of tea. Or maybe you’ve never heard of him. It doesn’t really matter. The non-alternative fact still remains that this man, along with many other wonderful teachers, sages, and peace advocates, is offering people a different way of being in the world. His gift, is, shall we say, a “bigger stick” – one that, when placed next to the thorny, misshapen stick of politics, can help all of us see more clearly, more broadly, and more deeply. The change he speaks of is not a legislated change. Nor is it about enacting more laws, resolutions, treaties, cease fires, and executive orders. No. Not at all. The change he speaks of begins inside of each and every one of us – because ultimately, if we want the world to change, we need to change. That’s you and that’s me, folks. And it’s also all the people you disagree with. We are the world. Yes, there are 195 countries in the world. But when you get right down to it, the world is really nothing more than the conglomeration of the 7.5 billion people living here.
If enough people come from a place of peace, then peace can become a reality. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, for indeed, that is all that ever has,” said Margaret Mead. “The journey of a thousand miles, begins with a single step,” said Lao Tzu. So let’s become more thoughtful and more committed… and let’s take our next step.
Towards that end, I invite you to explore the message of Prem Rawat by logging onto Timeless Today. The site is not a magic pill, but it can work magic – that is, if you pause long enough to consider its message of peace. 85% of the content on the website is absolutely free. 15% has a fee attached – a fee that enables the small and very dedicated staff of TimelessToday to continue funding this most important peace initiative.
Peace. It’s possible. Even during these crazy times. Your move.
By Mitch DitKoff