There seems to be a misconception, misunderstanding, or perhaps just a disconnect with the idea of Acceptance. For a long while now I have taught and spouted that Acceptance is Peace – Peace is Acceptance. Some do not feel this is a correct statement because they stop the process of Acceptance. They feel once something is accepted that it no longer affect them, that they will no longer care about it. Thus why they would find peace, but it would be personal peace obtained at the expense of not acting against injustice. A quote which supports this view, “Every day you sit at your desk and you learn a little more how to accept the world the way it is. Well here’s the rub: heroes don’t do that. Heroes don’t accept the world the way it is. They fight it.” – Lindsey McDonald (from Angel, television show)
If you accept rape happens, you’ll not seek prevention or prosecution, but simply acknowledge it as a fact of life. This of course is a fallacy, this is acceptance stopping at the subject and failing to take into account the most important part of the equation. You must accept You; your beliefs, your strengths, your weaknesses, your pet-peeves. In order for the ideal of Acceptance is Peace to be valid it must be in totality. Consider the quote above. Accept the World as is, yet it does not stop there. Because you Accept It does not mean you sit by and watch it happen. It means you accept that you have a duty, you have a desire, you have a wish to change it. You accept the world as it is and than you accept you will go out every single day and you will fight to change it.
How do you change something if you do not acknowledge it if you do not accept it? You must accept it before you can go out and do something about it. All addicts must accept their addiction before they can truly treat it. You must accept and then you must accept what you can and cannot do about it. If you accept apathy as a problem in the world, you can accept your ability to fight against it. To encourage otherwise, to be an example against it, to show that there is a better way to live.
I feel too many confuse acceptance with apathy.
I accept I am a lazy bum, but I also accept that is not who I wish to be. Therefore I fight against it. I focus, I set goals, I admonish myself if I fail, I am constantly seeking improvement of myself. I accept the whole, I accept my circumstances, I accept the world as is, I accept myself failings, successes, and all, and because of this, I am at peace even in the middle of a conflict, failure, and facing obstacles.
Peace is Accepting who we are, where we are, what we are doing, and what we are going to do. It is not left off at one thing. It does not stop at the self, or the world, or the situation we face. Accept and then act accordingly. Look for new ways, look for better ways, look to be an example. Find peace in who you are and who you are training to become.