Peace & Conflict
An Overview On Peace
A change in perception leads to a change in attitude, which leads to a change in behavior,
which leads to a change in the world.
Life's what you make it!
"Make peace, restore peace, preserve peace, love peace"
Peace may be defined as: “Absence of war or other hostilities; an agreement or a treaty to end hostilities; freedom from quarrels and disagreement; harmonious relations; public security and order; inner contentment; serenity”.
Humans are the most intelligent and dominant form of life on this earth and have a natural desire to be free and live in peace. Peace is undoubtedly one of the most universal and significant of human ideals and is perhaps also one of the most complex concepts in human history. It is also described as "one of the few positive symbols having meaning for the whole of humanity". We can logically assume that World Peace is something that 99.9% of the 6.5 billion People in this world would want and support if there was a way to achieve that World Peace.
Peace has been used to refer to everything from “absence of
war” to “equilibrium” to “a utopian state of spiritual and social
harmony devoid of conflict.” Civilizing is something which the human race has instinctively done since the beginning of time. This natural instinct was the reason behind the development of the theories of being civilized. However the problem that the world faces today is the evolution of a multicultural globalized society, not functioning in a totally civilized manner. As a consequence the world today is witnessing wars, atrocities, death, destruction, and violence in this world is the natural human response to the uncivilized acts carried out by uncivilized governmental, religious, and corporate structures or individuals that threaten the natural human desire to live in a civilized and peaceful manner.
First and utmost, we must find it within ourselves. By sharing our inner peace with others, peace will spread. By raising our children properly and teaching them to respect and love their neighbors they will learn the joy of peace. The peace process should be a predominantly preventative measure - A gram of prevention is worth a kilogram of cure. Peace advocacy should start as a grassroots movement, thereby creating a "trickle-up" process. Not only can we teach others about peace but we can put pressure on governments and political candidates that continue to advocate conflict and violence as a main solution to civil and international conflicts.
Our nation's problems are problems for all of us. We must learn to see ourselves as one people and not be so concerned with our nationality, race or religion. When it comes right down to it we are all human. Think what we could accomplish if we all worked together to create a true national economy. We could end starvation, reduce poverty, create jobs and work towards common goals such as justice, peace education, pollution control and management of our resources.
Peace must mean social harmony throughout the country and between countries and not merely a time without war. It means that low intensity conflicts or civil wars that are being faced by many countries of the world need to be ended on a just basis for there to be a real environment for both democracy and development. Where there is internal or external discord, internally anti-terror and other extraordinary laws are enacted and imposed. These strikes at the very root of democracy and usually effect minorities and minority nationalities more.
For peace to be achieved, it is essential that we neither trivialize conflict nor become stuck in the language of good and evil, but work collaboratively and compassionately to redress the underlying injustices and pain each side caused the other. Ultimately, this means sharing power and resources, advantages and disadvantages, successes and failures, and satisfying everyone’s legitimate interests. It means collaborating and making decisions together. It means giving up being right and assuming others are wrong. It means taking the time to work through our differences, and making our opponents interests our own.
Making justice an integral part of conflict resolution and the search for peaceful solutions means not merely settling conflicts, but resolving, transforming, and transcending them by turning them into levers of social dialogue and learning, catalysts of community and collaboration, and commitments to political, economic, and social change. By failing to take these additional remedial steps, we make justice secondary to peace, undermine both, guarantee the continuation of our conflicts, and prepare the way for more to come.
Inert Or Dead Peace
Peace, rather than confrontation or violence, is preferred by all, even by those engaged as parties to the conflict. Many believe that peace is a precondition to sense of security, development, happiness and well-being. But inert or dead peace out of fear psychosis or forced conditions is no less injurious to people and society.
Forced peace breeds fatalism, individual or social inertia, general discontent and even crisis generating disruption of societies and countries from inside. People tend to loose interest in their political and social responsibilities. The clever and powerful persons quickly occupy the resulting void. Such peace is detrimental to individual or social progress and development. The cult of male dominance and other socio-cultural anomalies are the result of such inert peace. Inert peace ultimately breeds more violent forms of conflict. ‘… great civilization is not destroyed by outsiders until it destroys from inside'.
Peace, like reading, writing, mathematics, drawing, emotional intelligence and enlightenment ("understanding, comprehension, compassion, meditation, intuition"), are learned skills that improve our knowledge, maturity, health, happiness and longevity. Through knowledge, Peace will evolve. Knowledge is power. Knowledge combined with enlightenment leads to wisdom. Wisdom is Peace! Peace is probably the most important lesson we should learn during our lives and the sooner the better.
Peace development requires leaders: those who can envision a world without violence and design its blueprints. It also requires actors who will transform the elements of non-peace into the fabric of peace. The shadow of peace assumes that geopolitical entities called nation-states are the fundamental units of analysis, and that the political and military leaders of these nation-states are the primary actors and leaders. The development of essential peace, on the other hand, is not limited to nation-states and their leaders. Rather, essential peace requires the effort of individuals, communities, local and regional governments, teachers, nongovernmental organizations, international nongovernmental organizations, networks, and the nontraditional loci of nonviolent power.
“There is no one “right” path to peace and there is no one “right” leader who will take us to it. This awareness allows for everyone to contribute to the building of
and philosophies, peace at all levels of existence is interconnected. Therefore, the development of peace in one arena of the world may contribute to the development of peace in many arenas of the world.
* Finding peace is not just about learning how to obtain it, but also learning how to hold onto it without slipping back to angry ways.
* If you want to achieve Peace, do not talk only to your friends, talk to your enemies.
* An eye for an eye just makes for a world full of blind people.
* World peace (in our lifetime) may not mean that evil goes away, rather that good so overwhelms evil that evil cannot ruin the peace shared between all peaceloving beings.
* The farther we are from peace is proportional to our distance from happiness. The closer we are to hatred is proportional to our distance to ill-fortune.
* "It is not possible to be in favor of justice for some people and not be in favor of justice for all people." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
* You can lose your money, you can spend your money, and if you work real hard you can earn it all back, but if you waste your time you'll never get it back.
"In a real sense all life is inter-related. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the inter-related structure of reality." Martin Luther King, Jr.