Relinquishing power, whether personal, at work, or held by the state, requires confidence and courage.
I am strengthened by tolerance, understanding, and love. When I am tolerant with my family, friends, and with those I work with, when I seek to understand them, I begin to love. I forge contentment.
It follows that I do not hold peace is nurtured, nor defence strengthened, by the development or maintenance of weapons of mass destruction. The world is not made safer by my ability to kill.
Although The Rights of Living Things affirms the right to self protection, this right is not unqualified.
My threatening your family and your community in the event you attack me is never acceptable. The use of a nuclear weapon for example is indiscriminate and catastrophic to all life. Self defence can only be justified when proportionate. I am an active pacifist and I will always advocate conflict resolution, whether personal, between larger groups, or nations. Peace emanates from those with love. Love.
Hope: a positive quality of the mind that anticipates the future with optimism.
'Hope' is a short contemplative work for piano, woodwind, and strings.
Hope, even when fragile, is a gift that helps us face, then shape the world.