Deepak Chopra recently appeared on the Fox New program, Hannity and Colmes, to talk about how to create peace in the world. The conversation was respectful, but became contentious as Deepak debated Hannity about how to respond to violence and evil. Hannity said that there is evil in this world that must be confronted. Deepak seemed to respond by saying that evil is the result of the shadow in our collective consciousness and that we need to create conditions where people are not compelled to act out in violence. He referenced Jesus’ statement about turning the other cheek as a response to violence and cited how Gandhi brought down the British Empire in India through non-violence.
Hannity was unconvinced and questioned Deepak about how to respond when you or your family is being physically attacked by someone. Deepak answered by giving an example about how one time he was in an alley and four men with guns were about to attack him, but he was able to talk them out of it. They continued to debate issues about evil, violence and peace in our world and how Jesus would respond.
One fascinating aspect of this interview from a cultural perspective is that Hannity and Colmes is a mainstream news show on a major cable network that focuses on current events and significant issues of our time. The fact that they would acknowledge that Jesus’ teachings as understood by Deepak Chopra is newsworthy suggests that mainstream media is taking the possibility of creating peace in our world more seriously.