Persuasion Rather Than Force

The Wind And The Sun
Author Unknown

The wind and the sun were involved in an argument, each claiming to be stronger than the other. Below they saw a man wearing a heavy coat. "Let us see who can strip the man of his coat fastest," said the wind. The sun agreed and allowed the wind to begin. Gathering all its strength, the wind came upon the man with a furious blast, causing the coat to flap about. But the harder the wind blew, the tighter the man held onto the coat.

When its turn came, the sun shone brightly upon the man, who quickly unbuttoned his coat. The warmer the rays cast by the sun grew, the more uncomfortable the man became until he soon took the coat off and carried on his arm.

Charity To Enemies
By Clifton Fadiman

During the Civil War, Lincoln had occasion at an official reception to refer to the Southerners rather as erring human beings than as foes to be exterminated. An elderly lady, a fiery patriot, rebuked him for speaking kindly of his enemies when he ought to be thinking of destroying them.

"Why, madam," said Lincoln, "do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?"

Playing The Peace Game
By Marie Louise Dieckmann

An elderly man once watched some six and seven-year-olds at play, and asked, "What are you playing?"

"War," they said.

So he told them, "How can anyone be so stupid as to play war? You all surely know how horrible war is. Why don't you play peace instead?"

The children stopped, put their heads together, discussed something among themselves, then looked puzzled and finally ran out of words. One of them then asked the elderly man, "Grandpa, how do we play peace? We don't know the game."

Maybe the reason why many people play only the game of war is because they don't know how to play the game of peace.

Pride and arrogance governs the game of war and it is played on the hard rocky ground of hatred and unforgiveness. Every fall brings so much pain and injuries don't heal easily -- if they ever get healed at all.

But the game of peace is played on the soft grassy ground of kindness and forgiveness. It is governed by love and humility. Every fall is less painful and injuries heal easily.

Slogans incite attitudes. So perhaps instead of "War On Terror", why not "Victory Thru Peace". Or, as the late Pope John Paul II suggested during the U.S president's visit to the Vatican, "War On Peace".

A man's stomach is filled with the fruit of his mouth. With the harvest of his lips he is satisfied. Death and life are in the power of the tongue; those who love it will eat its fruit. (Proverbs 18:21)