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World Peace Begins
by Buryl Payne
People talk globally
about world peace, but everyone, including my house mate, would methodically
kill all the ants that were on the counters or table top while protesting
she wanted world peace. I protested asking her to ask them to go
away. She wouldn’t hear that; only spray them all the more.
Later, when I moved into
an apartment alone, ants were everywhere. I’m not a clean-aholic. There was
no sealed garbage can. A sack on the floor was for garbage. I told the ants
to keep off the counter tops and out of the cupboards. They could have all
the garbage they wanted under the sink, where I moved the open sack. It took
a few days and now all the ants, except a few renegades now and then, line
up to take food from the garbage sack. We all live happily. The more they
take, the less I have to carry out. Sometimes I leave a sack outside before
placing it in the curbside plastic can so the ants can leave. Ants are too
small to have consciousness, I think, so maybe there is an ant master that
directs the ants, analogous to our mind which directs the cells of the body.
Sometimes I wonder if the Master Ant Brain is smarter than people.
Fortunately, it doesn’t get mad at us violent peace loving humans!
I found I could shoo
aphids away from the garden plants too. I haven’t been successful with
flies, although I once met a man upon whom the flies never landed. (This was
the land of rubble and flies). Mosquito’s don’t usually bother me,
especially if there is someone else around who is juicer and plumper. An
almost pet seagull came for a month and sat near me at the beach while I
meditated. A whole flock came and sat down nearby while I did yoga one
morning. They don’t usually sit; I invited them. Another month a sea lion
invariably popped right up to say hello when I entered the water every
Once, I swam out to swim
with half a dozen dolphins which clearly interacted with me. Another time
dolphins were swimming by, even farther out. I swam to catch them, but
couldn’t and turned back when I got too cold. Meanwhile, I ducked under the
surface and yelled to them to come by. When I climbed out of the water, a
man came up to me excitedly and said: “Did you see that! A dolphin was
swimming right behind you all the way to shore!” I hadn’t noticed.
animals is fun. Try it. Anyone can probably do it. Have peaceful intentions.
See what happens. Because world peace does begin at home, and why not
with your ants?