Armodoxy for Today
Daily Message #3 – Peace
The journey through and to Armodoxy is a simple one. It does require, however, the openness of mind. Stories, clichés, phases, and general conversations are filled with idioms that are seldom questioned, but instead are repeated as part of unbridled conversation. For instance, when we say someone “Spilled the beans” we mean they gave away a secret and not that they were clumsy with a pintos or favas. The expression, “Under the weather” has nothing to do with rain, sleet or snow, rather it’s a way of saying a person is feeling ill. There are thousands of these expressions that have made their way into daily conversations.
Some of these expressions have permeated our reasoning capabilities and we begin to think of them as truths or axioms. For instance, the expression, “You fight fire with fire,” means to fight against an opponent by using the same methods or weapons that the opponent uses, but if we were to think about it for a moment, we would quickly understand that it is fueling the kindle, which make bigger and bigger fires, which is certainly not a means of fighting a fire! When the same thoughtlessness is applied to bigger “fires” we quickly see that we have the ingredients for war.
Armodoxy comes from Armenia, a land and people that have fought fire with water. Here is a group of people that has been attacked and killed by barbarians. They have witnessed the rape and pillage of their country and people, and yet, they have survived and dare to talk about peace… lasting peace.
Armodoxy demands that we have an openness of mind, and a sense of reason to see the ends apart from the means. To understand that that end is Peace.
Jesus says, ‘You have heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you.” (Matthew 5:38f)
We now begin to understand that the goal of life and ultimately our relations is to bring Peace to the hurting world.