Harmony

Harmony has a range of meanings. The one I want to focus on is the quality of forming a pleasing and consistent whole.

Harmony in that sense has a meaning of working together for the benefit of all.

Each of us, I suspect, given the opportunity, would choose harmony over conflict.

I suspect we only choose conflict when we, as individuals or nations, act from self-interest in a competitive world.

When we act from the perspective of the common good, we are more likely to choose harmony.

Sheet music

In the world of sound, it’s harmony that creates music and conflict that generates noise.

In the world of relationships, it’s harmony that gives pleasure and conflict that delivers pain.

In the world of business, it’s harmony that creates prosperity and conflict that generates exploitation.

In the world of international affairs, it’s harmony that gives peace and conflict that delivers war.

Lovers

I want to live in harmony with my lover.

I want to live in harmony with my family.

I want to live in harmony with my friends.

I want to live in harmony with my neighbours.

I want to live in harmony with the people that make up my nation.

I want to live in harmony with all people on earth.

Is that too much to ask?