I have another blog, Pigs and Mirrors, in which I've blathered on about things like love, personal happiness, relationship choices, inner peace and the like. Interestingly, that blog gets a lot more traffic than this one does. Periodic head scratching about this. (I love deploying sentence fragments for creative effect, don't you?) Aren't materialism, war, and racism interesting? Aren't they big topics applicable to everybody? Sure they are, but matters of personal happiness, love, and so forth are stabbing us in the eye every day and therefore more constantly on our minds.
So, rather than getting annoyed or disappointed about this trend of popularity, I chose to take a lesson from it -- to realize the truth: peace and harmony on the big scale of communities and countries, of racial and socio-economic groups, is only possible if the people making up those groups can achieve some level of personal peace one by one. Peace on a national or world level will not happen from the top down, by leaders willing to buck history and change the direction of our Titanic. Peace will only come from the masses -- when enough people have learned to think peacefully, to speak with integrity, to not take things personally remembering that they are not the center of the world, to eschew assumptions about people and groups around them, and to dedicate themselves to personal growth and inner peace.