The Bondage of Peace (9 of 10) by Wayne Coleman

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The Bondage of Peace (9 of 10)
Wayne Coleman

Peace. n. 1. A pact or agreement to end hostilities, between those who have been at war or in a state of hostility. 2. A state of tranquility or quiet; esp. a. Freedom from civil disturbance or war. b. Public order or security, as provided by law; as, a breach of peace. 3. Harmony in personal relations; mutual concord. 4. Freedom from fears, agitating passions, moral conflicts, etc. 5. One who or that which makes or maintains peace. - v. i. To become quiet; be silent; - Obs., except in the imperative.

Peace in any language is positively acceptable. It is the opposite of war. It seems that during most of my life our country has either been at war, be it active or cold, or under the threat of it. World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War with communism, and other regional skirmishes have been during my lifetime. World peace has been an honorable ambition of many governments for centuries.

Within certain of the third world, undeveloped nations there seems to be continual civil or tribal war. Somewhere in the midst of these conflicts there is always someone trying to negotiate peace.

Gang wars, drug wars, racial wars, and religious wars are prevalent throughout the cities of our world today. Politicians along with law enforcement agencies are continually looking for peaceful solutions to these problems.

The amazing thing about war is that both parties while at war usually shout from the highest mountain that they really are seeking peace. Families experience conflicts that steals the peacefulness available to them through a more harmonious personal relationship. Counselors are overloaded with work trying to restore family peace.

War can be a personal, internal problem as one struggles daily in life's situations and circumstances. We seem to be at war with our own selves at times. Anxiety has replaced peace in the lives of many. From inside all of us at least occasionally there is a scream ...


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