We fight. We have opinions that aren't the same as someone else's. We fight in the name of honor or rights or justice or faith, and we don't even see the irony. We fight over land and language and money and ancient feuds. I get the feeling we pretty much fight over anything that is imposed upon us, because we want to feel free. But does fighting free us? Does it free anyone else?
I just wrote, then deleted, a long example involving Syria. You don't need to hear that again. Truth is, we don't need to hear a lot of the external voices that are trying to influence us. We need to be focused and disciplined about living our lives from the inside out, not the outside in. Inside is where peace comes from, where our serenity dwells, where our balance can be maintained. External forces will only pull us from our own truth, our own identity, to make us pawns in a game that we didn't agree to play.
Each day I wake up and think about what my life will bring to the world. What is my influence, my gift, my strength? Approaching the world from the inside out keeps me at peace, and that's a starting place each of us can claim.