Peace is a state upheld by druids as being the ideal. We work for inner peace and for peace in the world whenever we can. But at the same time, Druids are also eco warriors, protestors and trouble makers because some things have to be fought and some things you can’t respond honourably to without getting bloody angry first!
This raises some interesting questions for me, about when to seek peace and when not. This is very much a line of thought in progress, so please, please do pile in with observations, I find the feedback very helpful – both in a personal way and in a wider, more academic sort of way too.
I think peace has to come after resolution and after justice. Peace without justice is not going to work – either it won’t be sustainable, or it won’t be honourable, or both. Quiet dishonour is not peace, it’s just acquiescence. So there needs to be a reckoning, a redressing of balance of some kind for the anger to pass. I’m not sure where that leaves you if justice or recompense seem unavailable. Still wearing the angry Druid hat, perhaps.
Perhaps what matters is what we let our anger do. If anger is the righteous motivation towards necessary action, and the idea of redress, or regaining balance is the goal of action, then anger can be harnessed to work towards peace.
One thing I’ve learned is that supressing my own emotions does not engender peace, within myself, nor lead to sustainable peace in relationships. Anger can be very healthy and necessary, the natural recognition of wrongs, or dishonourable behaviour. I may mostly be a pacifist, but I do also think there are a small subset of people who need their arses kicking. Possibly literally. I’d rather work with reason, with solid arguments and persuasion than with violence, but when you’re dealing with the smug and self righteous, too locked into their own self serving world views to know what good behaviour looks like, the stick to posterior option gets tempting. Not that I have, but ye gods its good therapy thinking about it once in a while.
Today I have the angry hat on. I’m looking at issues I don’t think I can make peace with, but justice is not unimaginable. I can’t yet envisage where I will be once justice has been achieved, but if the theory is right, peace may indeed follow. Peace in my heart, in my soul. Not forgiveness for wrongs done, but the space to forget and move on. It’ll be interesting to see what happens when we get there. And I firmly believe I’m going to get there.
I’ve blogged before about re-enchantment and reclaiming magic. All of the positive thinking I can muster at the moment is focused on justice, on fairness, on the truth making itself known and dishonour meeting the rewards it deserves. I am relearning how to hope and how to believe. Angry Druid is a far more effective creature than the defeated one, and right now I think Angry Druid is the persona most able to ultimately serve the calling to peace.