I’ve many times directed my readers’ attention to BestsellerBound Forums. Just click on it in the Top Tags cloud in the right side-bar to check out past posts…
A recent thread at BsB is called, Controversy: Avoid it or Embrace It?, and I strongly encourage you to read the many and varied responses from authors, readers, and publishers.
My latest book, Notes from An Alien, is full of issues that regularly cause controversy in human conversations. However, one of the authors at BsB said: “He does not shy away from controversy, though he also does not blatantly call one side right or wrong. He holds up the mirror and allows us to see for ourselves. Not all of us will see the same reflection.”
It was gratifying to read that from another author since I worked hard to bring many issues, that usually spark contention, to the reader’s attention without stirring unnecessary resistance.
My book is about a civilization that grows from devastating greed and war to an enduring peace. My goal was to show a possible set of paths that might be followed, not prescribe some dogmatic master plan.
There are many folk who, even at the bare mention of global peace, will immediately begin a rant about how humans are inherently war-like and peace is impossible. There are also many folk who, whether you want them to or not, will regale you with a litany of rose-colored slogans about peace that have not an ounce of practical worth.
In my opinion, too many people are sitting on the fence between these opposing views. Perhaps the fine edge of that fence can be transformed into a platform for rational effort, inspired will, and heart-felt service which can lead our battered globe toward a vision that has refused, through many epochs of human history, to die…
What are your thoughts and feelings on the possibility of global peace?
Before you leave your feedback in the comments, read this excerpt from The Promised Day Is Come by Shoghí Effendí Rabbání:
“The tumult of this age of transition is characteristic of the impetuosity and irrational instincts of youth, its follies, its prodigality, its pride, its self-assurance, its rebelliousness, and contempt of discipline.
“The ages of its infancy and childhood are past, never again to return, while the Great Age, the consummation of all ages, which must signalize the coming of age of the entire human race, is yet to come. The convulsions of this transitional and most turbulent period in the annals of humanity are the essential prerequisites, and herald the inevitable approach, of that Age of Ages, ‘the time of the end’, in which the folly and tumult of strife that has, since the dawn of history, blackened the annals of mankind, will have been finally transmuted into the wisdom and the tranquility of an undisturbed, a universal, and lasting peace, in which the discord and separation of the children of men will have given way to the worldwide reconciliation, and the complete unification of the divers elements that constitute human society.
“This will indeed be the fitting climax of that process of integration which, starting with the family, the smallest unit in the scale of human organization, must, after having called successively into being the tribe, the city-state, and the nation, continue to operate until it culminates in the unification of the whole world, the final object and the crowning glory of human evolution on this planet. It is this stage which humanity, willingly or unwillingly, is resistlessly approaching. It is for this stage that this vast, this fiery ordeal which humanity is experiencing is mysteriously paving the way.”
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