A good end cannot sanctify evil means; nor must we ever do evil, that good may come of it... We are too ready to retaliate, rather than forgive... And yet we could hurt no man that we believe loves us. Let us try then what love will do: for if men did once see we love them, we should soon find they would not harm us. Force may subdue, but Love gains: and he that forgives first, wins the laurel.
William Penn

Be patterns, be examples in all countries, places, islands, nations wherever you come; that your carriage and life may preach among all sorts of people, and to them; then you will come to walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone...
George Fox

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Just What is 'Peace', and Can Peace be Made? Your Response Requested

Almost everybody claims to want peace. Nations have conquered other nations in the name of peace, and violent riots have often been the result of peace protests. There are many different ideas of just what peace is, and how peace is to be achieved, from the idea that peace can only be achieved through the threat of violence, to the idea that peace can only come from within oneself, and cannot be 'made'.

I would like to know how you define 'peace', and whether you think peacemaking is possible.

1 comment:

  1. "Peace is not just the opposite of war, not just the lapse of time between two wars - peace is more. Peace is when we act right and when there is justice among all human beings and all nations." - Indian Saying