I find it easier to try to live a life of Peace. I try to be a Peacemaker. I will speak my mind and say what needs to be said but I will do it peacefully. When I was boxing, it was not for the fighting – it was for the exercise and a need to relieve stress. Believe it or not, I learned how to be more peaceful through boxing. I learned that if I lose control I could hurt someone badly. Learning that self-control taught me how to strengthen my peaceful nature.
“STOP! You must cease this mindless battle for while you fight the end of all the universes is at hand!” - The Spectre*
Police Detective, Jim Corrigan, was murdered. Instead of entering eternity he was sent back to Earth to help in abolishing evil. Often thought of as the Wrath of God or the Spirit of Vengeance or as a Spirit of Redemption, the Spectre is seen as a ghost. The Spectre seeks to protect the innocent. His power allows him to be in multiple places and times at once – he can see the whole picture. He is by far one of the strongest magical beings. His power in omnipotent and he can do practically anything imaginable – like speaking to the vast multiverse at one time.
There is no reason to fight. Yes, the thought occurs, “but what if I am attacked?” Definitely protect yourself but do not seek to continue the battle. Sometimes true strength is in knowing when not to fight. Peace is often harder than we think but definitely more rewarding. Mahatma Gandhi said, “I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.” The Tao Te Ching suggests that after a great battle only brier and weeds can grow – instead of fields of grain there are only fields of manure. We find that a day with no struggle is easier to let go. However, the day that we have issues and struggle is the nights we stay up thinking. Herein lays the answer – we sleep better at times of peace. The way of peace is difficult but we can rise to the challenge.
First Appearance: More Fun Comics, #52 (February 1940)
Creators: Jerry Siegel (writer) and Bernard Bailey (art)
* “Death at the Dawn of Time”, Crisis on Infinite Earths #10, 1985