The (supposedly) most powerful man in the world has been acknowledged for his intentions to bring peace to the world. It was a surprising choice. Many people around the world have the desire for peace on top of their agenda and were celebrating.
Yet the American press is very critical and many of his political opponents are ridiculing him. I have seen more cynical and hateful comments over the last days than during the heated election campaign. The feelings and opinions of these critics are valid and part of the discussion. Tuning them out will only cause more anger and frustration.
I feel that this was more of a Nobel PEACE Prize than maybe any other award in that category before. Our world is full of fighting on many levels: countries fighting each other, civil wars, gang fights, drug wars, economic wars all the way down to many forms of domestic violence.
The honoree is a man with a very strong voice that asks us to leave traditional patterns behind. He challenges us to take a different perspective on our relationships among each other and our relationship with our planet. At this point I am asking myself many questions and I certainly don’t have all the answers.
- I am wondering who is benefitting from the status quo and why so many people are afraid to let go?
- What is our perception of peace?
- Is it scary to some of us because it feels like heading to the unknown?