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I don’t know about you, but I am growing tired.

I’m tired of all the hatred and violence I see, not only in the world but in our own backyard as well.

Like many of us I hope and pray each day for a solution to the troubles that I see yet many times I feel quite inept, sometimes even helpless, to begin to tackle these problems of such epic proportion.

There are those who are fast to offer their “quick fixes” to the troubles of our world yet almost all of them require more violence, which does not solve the problem, it merely perpetuates it.

Then there are those who suggest that we need to convince the rest of the humanity to be more like us, to live the way we do, yet at the same time stand for freedom and individuality. How does that work?

Maybe some of our struggles arise from focusing too much on the solution instead of taking a deeper look at the problem itself.

In my limited experience on this planet, understanding how a problem is created is the most important piece to finding a solution for it.

So if we want our world to come together and live in peace and harmony, it might be a good idea for us to explore the individual choices we make that continue to divide and separate us collectively.

Author and speaker Jiddu Krishnamurti once said: “When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent… because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind.”

I feel blessed to live in this land we call Canada and wouldn’t choose to live anywhere else, yet I am also a child of God living on a planet we call Earth, just like everyone else.

I have ideas, hopes, dreams, struggles and preferences that relate to some yet differ from others, just like everyone else.

My skin may be white but my blood is red, just like everyone else.

Outside we may be different but inside we are all the same; we are one.

The layers of perceived separation in our world are many but deep down there is no separation at all, but labeling it makes it so.

So if we truly want to come together and create peace in our world, we might want to begin by removing some of them.

What are your thoughts? (comments below)

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