At Peace in the Lord (1 Timothy 2:1-7)

Paul exhorts christians to live a peaceful and quiet life.  Why would Paul say such a thing?  It would seem more beneficial to be more concerned about intervening.  How are we to live this way?  How do we know that this exhortation is not the same thing as Paul saying we are merely lazy?  How do we live a meaningful life in the Lord as life in a peaceful and quiet way?