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About Peace

Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.
 -Maria Montessori



Yes, we love peace, but we are not willing to take wounds for it, as we are for war.  ~John Andrew Holmes,


There is one armor that the world of men and women, as a world, has never yet put on.  The churches have long bungled with its fastenings, but the world has gone unattended, and few have been those in whose hands the mystical sword of the spirit has shone with daily use.  This armor, waiting to be worn, is the armor of brotherhood and sacrifice, the world of unselfishness, a conquering sword, with the power, where used, to unite the world in love.  And there are none who may not put it on.  ~M.A. De Wolfe Howe


WAR & PEACE

Just because there is no war does not mean there is a peace. Equating peace with the lack of war is like pronouncing a person healthy because there are no visible superficial sign of illness

Some people argue that conflicts and war cannot be avoided because they are expressions of human nature. Since the beginning of the human civilization they kill each other with or without reason. They started to use hunting weapons to kill each other. They did not stop there they invented more lethal or sophisticated weapons to fight against each other.

It is realistic enough to realize that it would be foolhardy to sit down and do nothing when aggressors are brutally destroying innocent lives on the basis of unrealistic and unfounded claims, but we must always bear in mind that war is at best at last resort to maintain peace.

It cannot be denied that many wars being fought today are on the work of charismatic but unscrupulous leaders out to serve their own ends. They manipulate their followers to fight on their behalf, to go against the legitimate interest of the majority.

But when you look at reason for war, you may see some reasons, when you look beyond these reasons you will see root causes of the problem is not the argument made by conflicting forces. Conflict started in different forms and it had been evolute to the current forms of reasons or circumstances.

The opposite of peace is conflicts or war, which is cause of all our unhappiness. War is violent conflicts between states. Many other violent conflicts among humans are called different names.

War is result of tension, which is of various kinds. There are international tensions, some of which come down to us as historic legacies. These many fold tensions create fear, suspicion, hatred and vindictiveness.


The cause of conflict is nothing but selfish craving

Verily, due to selfish craving,

Conditioned through selfish craving,

Impelled by selfish craving,

Entirely moved by selfish craving,

Kings fight with kings,

Princess with princess,

Priests with priests

Citizens with citizens,

Mother quarrels with son

Son with father,

Brother squirrels with sister,

Sister with brother,

And friends squirrels with friends.

Thus thereby they suffer death or deadly pain.


Buddha



Not just war or conflicts all of men’s unhappiness comes from his greed, ignorance and hatred. Unhappiness comes from his greed for things such as pleasure that money can buy, power over other men, and most important of all, the inherent desire to go on ‘ living for ever’ even after one is dead

Bigger wars are result of manipulation of common human weakness for few peoples gain. So for the few peoples gain mass have to suffer. Reality is often distraction and loss for all because nobody takes anything when they die. They just have created war to make their life exciting while they live.


 Reason for wars / who created and why

  • Take attention away from the real problem created by the government or top of the social hierarchy

  • For the profit from weaponry

  • To protect or acquire wealth

  • To get attention

  • To become hero

  • For excitement     

  • Violent nature

  • To protect them (Respect, dignity, freedom, economic interest, Life )

  • Greed for Power

  • Revenge

  •    Defense


Peace comes primarily by absence of war; it is a result, an end, not an instrument. It does not come by mere wistfulness or prayer. It has to be obtaining by effort, by weaving the principles of righteousness into the whole fabric of human relationships.               


Here is some other Article I found in Internet, which attempt to explain reason for war



Religious Intolerance

Even different factions under the same religious umbrella can find themselves at odds, such as Sunni and Shi-ite Muslims in certain parts of the world.


Corrupt Governments

Dictators can be genocidal fascists. When overthrown, sometimes the new government isn't much better. Some align with the previous reign, some with the new, and chaos ensues.


Occupation of Land

When one people occupy the land of another, very seldom does any good come out of it. One group thinks they have a right to be there; the other feels their land is being appropriated. These are very difficult situations to negotiate -- look at Israel / Palestine.


Exploitation of the Working Class

When heartless corporations exploit their workers, when attempts are made to bust unions, when the working class becomes the working poor -- then, the society is ripe for a revolt.


Natural Resources

When Western countries get very interested in the goings-on in the Middle East, it often has to do with one thing: oil. It's a likely reason why the United States is so interested in Iraq and Canada in Afghanistan, while all but ignoring conflicts in Rwanda and Darfur.

These are some of the major issues to be aware of. Most of them do not have easy solutions. But being aware is the first step


Peace comes primarily by absence of war; it is a result, an end, not an instrument. It does not come by mere wistfulness or prayer. It has to be obtaining by effort, by weaving the principles of righteousness into the whole fabric of human relationships.                




Peace is a term that most commonly refers to an absence of aggression, violence or hostility, but which also represents a larger concept wherein there are healthy or newly-healed interpersonal or international relationships, safety in matters of social or economic welfare, the acknowledgment of equality and fairness in political relationships and, in world matters, peacetime; a state of being absent of any war or conflict. Reflection on the nature of peace is also bound up with considerations of the causes for its absence or loss. Among these potential causes are: insecuritysocial injusticeeconomic inequalitypolitical and religious radicalism, and acute nationalism ( Wikipedia) “


How to defeat conflicts:


I looked at my brother

With the Microscope of criticism,

And I said; how coarse my Brother is!

I looked at him through the telescope of Scorn

And I said; “How Small my Brother is!”

Then I looked in the Mirror of truth

And said: “How like me my Brother is.”


            Faith is source of my power

            Sarrow is my Friend

            Knowledge is my weapon

            Patience is my Grab and Virtue

                                                                       - poppet Mahmud



Since it is in the minds of men that wars are created, it is in the minds of men that the fortresses of peace must be created.


Peace is never experienced through ill feeling. Peace is gained only by overcoming our selfishness and helping the world with acts of love. Peace in the heart conquers all opposing force.


According to Buddhism, You have to practice fallowing virtue to attained peace 


Metta – Goodwill, compassionate love

Karuna – Kindness, Sympathy

Muditha – Sympathetic joy without harboring jealousy towards the happiness of others.

Upekkha – equanimity or an unbiased attitude.


When You Really Can See Peace:


  1. When the People can take responsibility of their own life, educated, skilled, confident and disciplined.

  2. When the political system is fair, simple, accountable, transparent and

  3. Everyone basic need been fulfilled

  4. Fair chance for all to grow

  5. Freedom for human movement

  6. Freedom for movement of capital.

  7. people respect each others rights and dignity



Dalai Lama

Peace, in the sense of the absence of war, is of little value to someone who is dying of hunger or cold. It will not remove the pain of torture inflicted on a prisoner of conscience. It does not comfort those who have lost their loved ones in floods caused by senseless deforestation in a neighboring country. Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free.

True peace with oneself and with the world around us can only be achieved through the development of mental peace. The other phenomena mentioned above are similarly interrelated. Thus, for example, we see that a clean environment, wealth or democracy mean little in the face of war, especially nuclear war, and that material development is not sufficient to ensure human happiness.

Material progress is of course important for human advancement. In Tibet, we paid much to little attention to technological and economic development, and today we realize that this was a mistake. At the same time, material development without spiritual development can also cause serious problems. In some countries too much attention is paid to external things and very little importance is given to inner development. I believe both are important and must be developed side by side so as to achieve a good balance between them. Tibetans are always described by foreign visitors as being a happy, jovial people. This is part of our national character, formed by cultural and religious values that stress the importance of mental peace through the generation of love and kindness to all other living sentient beings, both human and animal. Inner peace is the key: if you have inner peace, the external problems do not affect your deep sense of peace and tranquility. In that state of mind you can deal with situations with calmness and reason, while keeping your inner happiness. This is very important. Without this inner peace, no matter how comfortable your life is materially, you may still be worried, disturbed or unhappy because of circumstances

I believe that to meet the challenges of our times, human beings will have to develop a greater sense of universal responsibility. Each of us must learn to work not just for oneself, one's own family or nation, but for the benefit of all humankind. Universal responsibility is the key to human survival. It is the best foundation for world peace.

Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each of us individually. Peace, for example, starts within each one of us. When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us.

BY Hermann Goering:

Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.


Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. John F Kennedy

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