The Great Disturbance

A peaceful existence is the foundation of human happiness. Not that happiness is guaranteed when we establish that existence, but it has a better chance of surfacing than when our reality is in turmoil. Peace is the fields in which happiness can be planted, grown and come to fruition.


Can happiness be found without peace? Sure. Many things grow in asphalted cities, on rocky terrain and in barren deserts. Just not as widespread as in a field of peacefulness.


Finding peace within ourselves provides a flowerpot able to sustain life. That way we can even sprout seedlings in the middle of a frozen landscape, just as long as we don’t break the pottery. It’s merely that the chances of it breaking are far greater in rough areas.


Therefore, the correlation between peace and happiness is one of chance. Or, to be more specific, the more peace we create among ourselves, the more happiness is able to see the light of day, survive or even be reborn.


And the opposite is also true: the happier we are, the more prone we are on creating peace. That is, without interference, because even when in a state of contentment, we can still be mongered into wanting and going to war; the mongering in that case – in any case – generating a temporary state of fear or anger that negates the overall sense of prosperity.


Interference is the true enemy here. We all wish to be happy and we all wish to have a peaceful life; I’m even going so far as to say that they’re part of our natural condition. Then why are they seemingly so hard to maintain? It’s because of the interference. And because of our inability to properly counter it when we’re unable to perceive it.


War mongering is seldom recognized as such. When enemies are produced out of thin air, enemies will be seen. And when enemies are seen, our sense of security immediately evaporates and the urge to defend ourselves emerges. It doesn’t screen as mongering; it screens as reality.


This is but one example of what the interference can be like. In truth, we’re faced with all kinds of meddling and tempering on a daily basis. The thing is, that most of these themselves are merely the effects of us living in a state of great disturbance; a state perpetuating itself, and magnifying itself, with the outcomes it creates. It has become a concrete condition overlaying the inherently self-productive fields of peace and happiness.


To break away the concrete, we must be vigilant in maintaining our personal tranquility. We must not let ourselves be provoked. Anything that offsets our sense of well-being must be suspiciously inspected and thoroughly refused. Basically, we must maintain our calm; we must become inert to anything disturbing our composure.


Only by doing so can we again fertilize and plough the fields; and plough we must. While peace may be our natural state, we’re also equipped with the instinct to maintain it and defend it, and that instinct is a reactive one. It’s that instinct that, when continuously tickled, creates the very opposite of what it aims to protect.


We must labor to surpass that instinct, especially when it’s in its own way. We must transcend it with reason. We must use that reason to see that we’re simply locked in a vicious cycle and see that, by being and remaining friendly, we can turn it all around.


We must also learn to see that the dangers created by the mind aren’t the same as those created by physical circumstances. While the latter are mostly real, the former seldom are. We must consciously use the mind against what it ignorantly creates.


We must use reason to remain harmonious and serene in the face of seemingly ever-present chaos. Only then can we counter and lessen its continuation, will we be able to reestablish an ever more peaceful life to live in and up the chance of finding the happiness we all innately long for.

Jerry Corstens is a visionary dreamer with a blind passion for self-reflection and contemplating life, a self-proclaimed philosopher with poetic ambitions. He's serious about helping people with the insights he gathered, but playful in the way he communicates his wisdom. It made him leave a career as environmental engineer behind, in favor of becoming a personal development coach and thought-provoking writer.

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