Definitions: (1) in a state of mental or physical tranquility, security, or order; (2) quietly behaved; composed; (3) the state of harmony in personal relations; concord between individuals, governments, or organizations; (4) reconciliation between unfriendly parties
Derivation: Latin, “to agree”
Synonyms: calm, friendly, gentle, mild, pacific, repose, serene
Compatible Qualities: compassion, Satyagraha
Music: Let there be peace on earth; and let it begin with me. (1955) — Jill Jackson-Miller & Sy Miller
Saying: Pax vobiscum (Latin): “Peace be with you.”
• [Merlin:] To plant a garden is the chief of the arts of peace. — Mary Stewart (1916 -) The Last Enchantment
• If we cannot adjust our differences peacefully, we are less than human. — Frank Herbert (1920-1986) Heretics of Dune
• Peace is empowerment, justice, and the struggle for justice. Peace is personal, relational, local, national, international, global. Peace is not found; it is created by continual attention and effort. There is no way to peace, peace is the way. — Abraham J. Muste (1885-1967) American Christian Pacifist
• No leader is going to give us peace, no government, no army, no country. What will bring peace is inward transformation which will lead to outward action. Inward transformation is not isolation, not a withdrawal from outward action. On the contrary, there can be right action only when there is right thinking, and there is no right thinking when there is no self-knowledge. Without knowing yourself, there is no peace. — Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986) Indian Inspirational Speaker
• Insofar as you have peace in your life, you reflect it into your surroundings and into your world. There is no greater block to world peace or inner peace than fear. What we fear we learn to hate, then we have both fear and hate. Love dissolves them both. — Peace Pilgrim [born Mildred Lisette Norman] (1908-1981) Steps Toward Inner Peace
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon,
Where there is doubt, faith,
Where there is despair, hope,
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy.
Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
— Saint Francis of Assisi [born Giovanni Francesco di Bernardone] (1181-1226) Founder of the Franciscan Order
Reflection: Are you going to be a warrior or a peacemaker? Now, warriors often make war in the name of peace, but there is a huge difference in conscious intent. If you have the qualities of compassion, gentleness, and concern in your character, they will balance out the qualities of strength, power, and force. It is possible to be a warrior and a peacemaker. In order to be both, one set of qualities need not, cannot, overwhelm the others.
Consideration: In war one is compelled to use the means of war. You must consider the enemy as unworthy of life, that victimized innocent bystanders as necessities of the struggle, that your own comrades are expendable. The use of the most intense power is justified to “win at any cost.”
To be a peacemaker there is a need to get inside the mind and heart of your opponent. You need to want to understand and help them. Your fight is for fairness.
• There will be no lasting peace until people see more security and profit in peace than in offensive or defensive aggression.
• Sheehan is an Irish surname that means “the peaceful one.”
Advice: Most of what an argument is about is the different understandings, views, and beliefs about what the ‘facts’ are.
Establish what each party holds to be the facts, but then move on. If there is an argument on these facts, it will go round and round, each side trying to prove its facts are the good facts and the other guy’s facts are bad facts. If the collective view for the future is a vision of peace, the view of the past can be held as objective history, even with opposing facts.
Symbols: 1) the dove; 2) the olive tree; 3) the crane (Japanese)