According to Emmanuel, on Earth we are already experiencing "times of bitter fights, since the first years of the 20th century, the war has been nested with permanent character in almost all corners of the planet. The League of Nations, the Treaty of Versailles, as well as all pacts of safety of peace have been nothing but phenomena of war itself, which will only end with the acme of those fratricidal fights, in the process of final selection of the spiritual expressions of the terrestrial life." (1)
The sweet Rabbi said: "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives it." (2) Regrettably, we are educated in a culture of war (violence) and not in a culture of peace. The heroes of the cyber childhood, in their majority, are warriors, pillagers and sanguinary. Cartoons and videogames are always full of sensual appeal and violence. It is urgent to create a non-violence culture, a culture of peace. Not that "peace" won through legal or diplomatic conventions, but a peace originating from a deep, intimate conviction that the true honest man expresses in each gesture, each word, each thought or each decision. The 20th Century XX, recently ended, was the bloodiest century of all previous ones. After World War II, 160 warlike conflicts have already happened, resulting in 40 million people dead. If we count the results of those primitive passions since 1914, in a very superficial projection, these numbers go up to 401 wars and 187 million people dead.
According to "Aurélio" Portuguese language dictionary, the word peace can be defined as absence of fights, violence or of social disturbances; it can be public peacefulness. It can still be absence of intimate conflicts, in other words, soul peacefulness. The dictionary also considers peace as a situation of a country that is not in war against any other country, or, even, the re-establishment of friendly relationships among belligerent countries with the ceasing of hostilities, etc.
As we can notice, for the lexicographer, peace is public peacefulness, without social disturbances, but it is also the absence of intimate conflicts, it is the interior balance, and that is the most important definition.
Jesus declared that he would give us his peace, would leave us his peace, and, now that humanity disputes so much, the search for peace has been a constant delirium. In fact, our peace is almost always built on another person's unhappiness. For this reason, we have to give our peace to the fellow creature and not keep it, being the only beneficiary.
While we do not distribute the superfluous peace, or even part of the necessary, refraining from benefiting who is in worse conditions, no matter how big our "peace" is, it will only be apparent and will not produce anything useful. Jesus left us, 2,000 years ago, the greatest lesson of love, so that we could reach the stage of perfect interior harmony. Master Galileo warned: "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." (3) And, right afterwards, he added: "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." (4)
Among the possibilities for the reach of the intimate harmony, it is in the "charity that we should seek the peace of the heart, the joy of the soul, the medicine for the afflictions of life." (5) The well-understood charity is more important than the mediumistic phenomena, the scientific researches, the faith, the alms, the sacrifice. It is Paul of Tarsus who says that, let us hear him: "If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have no love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have no love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have no love, I gain nothing." (6)
The religions teach about the importance of charity. The Spiritualism affirms that "out of the charity there is no salvation." The Benefactors of the other world warn us that without charity, all faith is summarized in an adoration without any profit; the hope is a flower unable to become fruit and philanthropy itself is restricted into a game of brilliant words, around which the nudes and the starving ones, the needers and sick seem to be cursing.
Currently, we are almost 7 billion people on Earth, and 57% are concentrated in big cities, 21% are European, 8% are African, 4% are American. In the cold game of the statistical numbers, we know that 6% have almost 60% of all wealth and (surprisingly!) 6% (yes, 6% of 60%) are North American. Considering that 80% of the people live in subhuman conditions, 50% suffer from malnutrition, 70% do not know how to read, 1% (yes, only 1%) have academical education, 1% have a computer. If we have enough food for a worthy subsistence, clothing that makes possible for us to have a discreet and healthy appearance, a roof that shelters and protects us from life's bad weather, believe, we are richer than 75% of the world population.
In that dramatic context, it is reserved to the Spiritualism the task of enlarging the horizons of the pacification proposals in the domains of the soul, contributing for the solution of the enigmas that torment the contemporary man, projecting light into the almost undecipherable questions of human destiny and suffering.
Being timely, we evoked a passage of Neio Lúcio spirit that mentions, in the last chapter of the book Jesus at Home (The book brings conversations engaged in the intimacy of Pedro's home, on the problems of God's Kingdom), the following episode: "(...) After the last domestic cult in Simon Peter's house, on the eve of embarking to the city of Sidon, the Master opened the book of Isaiah and commented it with wisdom, after that, uttering the closing prayer, he warned: - Father, help the ones that are not embarrassed of showing happiness next to the poverty, misfortune and pain.(...). Raise those that fell under the excess of the material comfort."(7) Happiness is mediate, leaked in the elaboration of the vital sources of the peace of all, to begin today and never to end, even because, the happiness of making somebody happy is happiness as joy.
Let's never forget that it is impossible to stop the abundant peace without the utmost observance of the divine purposes, synthesized in the Gospel and unfolded at the level of the contemporary culture by the Third Revelation.
(1) Xavier, Francisco Cândido. A Caminho da Luz (On the way to the Light), dictated by the Spirit of Emmanuel, RJ: Ed. FEB 1987
(2) (John 14,27).
(3) (John, 13:34-35)
(5) kardec, Allan. Evangelho Segundo o Espiritismo (Gospel According to the Spiritism), RJ: Ed. FEB 2006, Chapter 13, item 11
(6) (1 cor 13,1-3).
(7) Xavier, Francisco Cândido. Jesus no Lar (Jesus at Home), dictated by the Spirit of Neio Lúcio, RJ: Ed. FEB 1999