Peace is what comes after we've given our best to our highest ideals. After we've fought for justice, whether economic or physical or criminal or political. When we know we've helped a friend escape domestic violence. When we've been active on a campaign for human rights. When we've contributed to refugees and disaster relief. When we've chosen to forego something we like, because we know the manufacturers are unethical, even criminal.
Peace is a hike. A constant effort to stay on a path we've chosen, no matter what the terrain. Sometimes it's exhausting and we want to give up. Sometimes it seems no progress will ever be made. Sometimes it's a pleasant stroll with a cool breeze, but that doesn't define peace.
Fighting for peace gets us nowhere. It's like stopping our journey to hinder other travelers who cross our path. Their path is only our business if it interferes with our quest. Fight for justice instead. Fight for the rights of children forced into slavery in Africa so corporations can sell cheaper chocolate and coffee. Fight for the young people who are lured into false job opportunities only to be sold into slavery. Fight for countries to welcome refugees with open arms, for churches to serve the needy rather than demand political voice. Fight for worldwide recognition that we are all one race, no matter our color or culture or sexual orientation. Each of us has a sacred soul, and fighting for the health of one another's souls brings justice.
Fight for justice, and our quest for peace will be on track, but it is a journey that has no end.