Thursday, September 26, 2013

Can Peace Be Conceived? by Toi Thomas

 
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”― Napoleon Hill
This sounds nice, doesn’t it? Well let’s look at the meaning of the key words in this statement.
Conceive: to form a notion or idea of; imagine.
Believe: to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so.
Achieve: to bring to a successful end; carry through; accomplish.
While I’m sure Napoleon Hill had all the best intentions when he wrote this, there are so many ways in which a statement like this can be used to cause great destruction, but more on that later.  For now, let’s look a look at the meaning of some other words.
Perceive: identify by means of the senses, to recognize, discern, envision, or understand.
Concede: to grant as a right or privilege; yield.
It’s evident through history that people are quite capable of achieving many great and, unfortunately, devastating things. I often wonder how the likes of someone like Hitler could have perceived his course of action as the only way to get what he wanted. Perhaps, as is often the case with us mere humans, it is easier to fight and take what you want than it is to concede and work hard for it in some other way.
So, I guess the challenge I’m currently faced with is, “Is world peace even a viable option?” To work this out in my head, I look again the meaning of this word “peace”.
Peace: a state of mutual harmony between people or groups, especially in personal relations.

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About Toinette “Toi” Thomas

I like reading, writing, cooking, dancing, movies, and music. I'm a big kid and choose to see the world in my own special way. Yes, I'm educated, but I haven't let that stop me from being who I want to be.

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