What Peace is…

Peace is essentially the establishing of right human relations, the recognition of the indissoluble unity of the human family – one world/ one humanity- of synthetic rapport, with its resultant cooperation and interaction between the world’s nations on behalf of the whole.

We are all familiar with our individual identity, first within our family unit, and progressively, as our sense of responsibility develops, with our community and with our nation. It is only one more step and imperative at this time in order to realise peace, to find our identification as an individual within that great group, the human family, the world community, with all the responsibility that implies .

Peace produces balance, equilibrium, synthesis and understanding. Peace proceeds from a state of poise and stillness. Peace is a state within which growth can take place. Peace manifests as goodwill in action. This is possible if the major world democracies have the will to restore world order, negate the old order of selfishness and aggression, and usher in the new order of world understanding, world sharing and world peace.

To date people have considered that peace is a state established when conflict has been resolved (or even quieted temporarily) at which time it is possible to develop understanding between nations.

However, peace will be the result of understanding and sharing, not the origin of them, demanding of us that shift in identification from the separate self-centred individual to the world citizen, the responsible individual within the whole.

Peace is conventionally seen as the absence of war – a state of emotional and static calm that exists when the conflict ceases, when people can once more enjoy their day-to-day lives in their particular environment, without disruption. There is however no guarantee that conflict will not recur sooner or later, as a glance through time will confirm. But we need to understand Peace in a more active and vital sense than comfortable living. It cannot be exclusive to certain people or nations. It must be universal in expression and in action everywhere across the planet.

Such an established recognition can lead to cooperative endeavour and open the way to human progress in ways we may not yet anticipate.