|“Blue Ocean,” Tadashi Ikai, 2005|
Courtesy Asian-Pacific Heritage Month
But unrest can be as destructive as it can be creative. It hurries us past any hope of peace. It simply cannot stop to listen, to see, or to feel those moments of beauty and love that are built into each of our days. Unrest is angry, bedeviled, tense, touchy, patronizing and prejudiced, unreasonable, and lives in fear. It lives in fear of coming to rest. It goes into the quiet forests of our lives with a shotgun to bring down what lives there. It pumps trash and filth into the beautiful lakes and quiet shores of our hearts. It fills our streets with the roar of polluting machinery simply because we cannot come to rest, be still.
So, the most important task we face personally and as a race is to come to rest creatively, to balance the quiet of peace with the squirming source of our growth. We don't need to "be at peace" so much as to find a way for rest and unrest to live in harmony in our souls. Restless we must be—but quietly so.