We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other’s children
William Ellery Channing
In separateness lies the world’s great misery;
In compassion lies the world’s greatest hope and strength Gotauma Buddha
While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful
Be careful to have it ever more fully in your heart. St. Francis of Assisi
If you want to make peace, you do not talk with only your friends
You talk with your enemies General Moshe Dyan
So we must fix our vision, not merely on the negative expulsion of war
But upon the positive affirmation of peace. M. L. King, Jr.
Hatred can only be overcome by love. Mahatma Gandhi
We all can be peacemakers if, each day, we live the belief that within ourselves
And all around the world, we hold the keys to peace.
Peacemakers, our hope is in you. S. L. Fiske
If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower
And then everyone in our family, our entire society will benefit from that peace.
Thich Nhat Hahn
Peace cannot be kept by force.
It can only be kept by understanding. Albert Einstein
Imagine all the people, living life in peace
You may say I’m a dreamer, buut I am not the only one.
I hope someday you join us, and the world will live as one.
Give Peace a chance. John Lennon
Peace has never come from dropping bombs. Real peace comes from enlightenment- from educating people to behave in a more divine manner. Carlos Santana
If there is peace in the world, then there must be peace in the nations.
If there is peace in the nation, then there must be peace in the cities.
If there is peace in the cities, then there must be peace between neighbors.
If there is peace among neighbors, then there must be peace in the home.
If there is peace in the home, then there must be peace in the heart.
Lao Tzu circa 570 BCE
When I think of peace, I think of a world where human beings are no longer brutalized by the accidents of birth such as sex, race, religion, or nationality. For me, peace is a way of structuring human relations where daily acts of kindness and caring are tangibly rewarded.
It is a way of thinking, feeling, and acting where our essential interconnectedness with one another is truly honored….. Where power is no longer equated with the bullet or blade, but is held within a holy chalice-
the chalice which is our ancient and modern symbol of the power to give, to nurture, to enhance life. And I will not only pray for this peace, but sparked by the light of this chalice, I will actively work for the day when such peace is evident among us. … AMEN Riane Eisler
Wage peace with your breath.
Breathe in firemen and rubble,
Breathe out whole buildings and flocks of redwing blackbirds.
Breathe in terrorists and breathe out sleeping children and freshly mown fields.
Breathe in confusion and breathe out maple trees.
Breathe in the fallen and breathe out lifelong friendships intact.
Wage peace with your listening: hearing sirens, pray loud.
Remember your tools: flower seeds, clothes pins, clean rivers.
Play music, learn the word for thank you in three languages.
Learn to knit, and make a hat.
Think of chaos as dancing raspberries, imagine grief as the out breath of beauty
or the gesture of fish.
Swim for the other side.
Never has the world seemed so fresh and precious.
Have a cup of tea and rejoice.
Act as if armistice has already arrived. Don’t wait another minute.
Wage Peace by Mary Oliver
The Cost of War
Near the end of his presidency, Eisenhower warned our country about the prospects of letting a military-industrial complex run the economy, and shape the priorities and values of our nation … He said:
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and who are not fed, who are cold, and who are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone; It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, and the hopes of its children.”
I ask that you consider two facts:
First is the fact that a significant portion of South Carolina’s economy is derived from defense contracts that promote the building of weapons and the selling of armaments, which General Eisenhower believes robs our children of hope- the hope of peace, safety, of the promise of growing into being an adult, or possibly a father or mother….
According to Human Rights Watch, we spend more on weapons production than do the rest of the G7 or most industrialized nations combined! For the fiscal year, 2005, it will be 420.7 billion dollars! But I will not belabor you with a mountain of statistics… Comparing military spending to what we spend on education, health care or genuine foreign aide… It all too well known!
What I wish to question is the quality or the capacity for willingness we, as citizens of the USA, have that accepts and condones that our national and economic priorities have to be so intertwined with weapons, so much so that we generate arsenals or are at least directly linked to much of the world’s warfare as either providers or purveyors that make violence and torture all the more possible!
Lastly, another possible explanation can point to our own domestic moral climate- The lack of civility, compassion, trust and the missing sense of a clear sense of a moral code is pervasive in our country. Whether we wish to cite the public schools and the increasing discipline problems, to permitting coarse and crude behavior all through our media, it vividly appears as if our culture seems to have lost it moral compass. As a result, we have an urgent need, as a culture to find its reliable direction through a greater debate and dialogue on civic and personal responsibility for what we are teaching and modeling for effective and empathetic human interactions. As Rabbi Michael Lerner in his book, The Politics Of Meaning, points out, we have an ethos of capitalism and an ethic of individualism,” whereas what we need is an ethos of community and an ethic of compassion. May we take this day of peace into each and every day… For to work for peace is just and humane, and truly addresses our human needs…
We, who seek to promote peace, equity and new national priorities for its budget, we have a moral responsibility and an ethical imperative not to promote the sale of weapons to foreign countries whose attitudes and politics serve to perpetuate terrorism, conflict and death. We also need to own our responsibility for those weapons reaching our own neighborhoods and streets.
One of the ways we promote peace is through listening, through caring… A supportive community is a safe, serene, and loving community whose dynamism is expressed through how well we share common values, and how well and how often we express our concern and caring for one another…