WAR AND PEACE
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.” Matthew 5:9
My husband and I recently saw the movie ”Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” Neither of us was entirely certain that we wanted to see it after having seen several sequels to the original “Planet of the Apes” with Charlton Heston. However, I found this recent version to be quite profound.
As the movie begins, it is clear that the earth has been devastated by some event, and humans seem to have been eliminated by the event. The apes are living peacefully among themselves under the leadership of Caesar.
Of course, humans have not been entirely eliminated. They are a couple of weeks away from using all their stockpiled fuel and are hoping to repair and use a dam that is near the apes’ home. In the process of investigating the dam, apes and humans come face to face.
Caesar has a history with one particular human who treats him well, and as a result, when humans are discovered living nearby, Caesar is inclined to trust them. Koba, another ape whose history with humans includes lab testing and torture, not only distrusts humans but also wants revenge and will do anything to get it.
The story is familiar: Two groups want conflicting things and some on each side want to achieve their goal by eliminating the other side.
At one point, Caesar says, “I believed that ape could trust ape,” and at another point, “Apes started this war, and humans will not forgive.”
I believe that world peace is possible. I have discovered that I am in the minority. Regardless, I believe that if enough of us believe world peace is possible, we could create a tipping point such that a majority of people in the world would stand for peace and no longer tolerate war—among nations, between political parties, within our families. I invite you to not only pray for peace. Believe that it is possible and be a peacemaker with everyone you meet.