Thursday, May 16, 2013

Harmony, serenity, wholeness and fairness - defining Peace - May 16, 2013

The final word of the priestly blessing in Numbers Chapter 6 is SHALOM – peace.”

  At the Temple Beth-El Las Cruces Board of Trustees meeting tonight, I asked the members to share what peace means to them.   Here are their responses (which include mine as well):
  • A state of bliss
  • Mutual respect among people
  • An absence of disharmony
  • Serenity
  • A feeling of contentment and overall satisfaction with where you/your family are at a certain point in time
  • A sense of contentment with who you are and your place in the world
  • An absence of overt hostilities
  • Completeness/wholeness
  • Being alone on a hillside, watching the sunset.
  • A feeling of well-being and harmony with the world.
  • An absence of strife, internal and external
  • The possibility of resolving any conflicts that arise so that disputes do not grow into greater conflict or war
  • All members of society living amicably (external)
  • To be calm inside and be able to express your feelings (internal)
  • The outgrowth/result of a just society, when people feel they are treated fairly.
  • The calm inside, within and between
How would you define peace?  

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