Choose A Global Movement for a Culture of Peace?

I personally don’t have any doubt we can step into a Culture of Peace. I dreamed I was teaching peace in 1998, if I can dream it, it can happen. As a clown I feel it all the time. I live peacefully, and it is not that hard, if I am negative I challenge my own thoughts, if I am peaceful I know I am in alignment with truth. It is quite simple, it is just not mainstream yet, but teachers are emerging to share the essence of who we are. Peace is essentially taking full responsibility for your own thoughts and learning what love really is, it is indeed beyond the drama. We are here to awaken the possibility that peace is not only possible, it is inevitable. I don’t see it as utopia, I see it as who we are, it is not what we do.

I feel it happens on a global scale when we choose it collectively. I do feel the world is changing as more people hook up to the internet and listen to others quite different from themselves, travel more and question the current status quo. We are in a time of unprecedented opportunity because crisis is here, the balls are up in the air as we say in juggling. There is uncertainty and with that comes questioning of norms. It is a gift in disguise. The planet is motivating us to wake up to change. The climate is giving clear signals as are the financial markets. The beauty of it is it won’t have single leaders leading, people will just choose peace naturally as they shift their own priorities and look for a newer way to live that brings happiness. It is our true nature. This means I can relax and just enjoy peace, knowing it is here. I so love not being a saviour ha ha, I smile thinking of Byron Katie (www.thework.com) who says ‘save yourself’. She uses the example of the plane with the oxygen mask, where they say put the mask over your own face then your child. It starts with each of us. It is a decision. If you want change, create it, peacefully, be an example but don’t condemn others, that is not peace. By all means speak your truth but with respect and understanding that we have had centuries of conditioned thought and there is a wisdom to the way of life that we don’t yet understand. It is up to each person to find their way. We all reach awareness at the right time.

Why not ask yourself the question ‘I wonder what love would do next …’ then act on what you know in your heart. Start peace in yourself, in your home, community (smiling), nation and send love and peace to the world. You can do that from your armchair or computer (might be quicker). Learn conflict resolution and take responsibility for your part in conflict, through your example others learn to solve problems not attack, children change their language and how they treat others, as they are watching you. When you change the world changes. So this movement for a Culture of Peace is happening and will emerge on the planet as a ripe fruit dropping from a tree.

Sound positive don’t I, oh well I am a clown, I am positive, that’s my job. Actually ha ha it is who I am.

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Toward a Global Culture of Peace

The United Nations in a series of actions and publications to launch the 21st Century, has called for a transition from the culture of war to a culture of peace. You may read a history, a monograph and an overview of the culture of peace on this website. In the Year 2000, one percent of the world’s population took part in the signature campaign on the Manifesto 2000 for the International Year for the Culture of Peace. This has been followed in 2005 and 2010 by a World Report on the Culture of Peace that has been presented to the UN for the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010). Over 3000 pages of information and 500 photos submitted by over 1000 organizations from more than 100 countries testify that the global movement for a culture of peace is advancing, although this is not yet recognized by the mass media.

For up-to-date news from the global movement see the culture of peace news network (CPNN).

I invite readers to dialogue with me on these issues by playing the “culture of peace game” and contributing to the “culture of peace dialogues” at my new website, The Culture of Peace Game.

The culture of peace provides an alternative to the escalating cycle of violence in the world, including the September 11 attacks in the United States and the subsequent attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq.

Cycles of violence are not new. Read the Old Testament or the Iliad or epics of other civilizations. In fact, there is an eerie resemblance in recent events to the crusades of the Dark Ages, and the inquisition that accompanied them.

Does this mean that there is no way out? Does it mean that our species is inherently, genetically violent? That war is in our human nature?

No. The same species that invented war is capable of inventing peace. This is the conclusion of the Seville Statement on Violence, drafted by leading scientists from around the world during the UN International Year for Peace in 1986. The scientific arguments based on evolution, genetics, animal behavior, brain research and social psychology are examined one by one, and the conclusion is drawn that biology does not predestine us to war and violence.

In fact, our biological legacy of aggression is the basis of our capacity for righteous indignation against injustice which is essential for peace activism and peace education. This is the conclusion of my book on The Aggression Systems

If war is not in our genes, where does it come from and why has been so persistent throughout history? The answer is in our culture. Over the course of history, humans have developed a culture that permits and encourages war and violence: a culture of war.

Think of it this way. What do you need to have a war?

* an enemy
* armaments
* a society in which people follow orders
* a belief that power can be maintained through violence
* control of information (secrecy, propaganda)

In fact, if any one of these is missing, you can’t have war. No enemy – no war. No armaments – no war. No control of information – no war. And if people don’t follow orders and if they don’t believe that power can be maintained through violence – no war.

Add to these three other important aspects of the culture of war:

* profitability – whether for plunder, colonies, economic domination or the profits of the military-industrial complex.
* male domination
* education for war

There is only one way out from the cycle of violence: a culture of peace:

* instead of enemy images, understanding, tolerance & solidarity
* instead of armaments, disarmament, universal & verifiable
* instead of authoritarian governance, democratic participation
* instead of secrecy and propaganda, the free flow & sharing of information
* instead of violence, dialogue, negotiation, rule of law, active non-violence
* instead of male domination, the equality of women
* instead of education for war, education for peace
* instead of exploitation of the weak and of the environment, economies of peace with equitable, sustainable development

Global Movement for a Culture of Peace

Utopian, you say. Yes, but all social change begins from those who dream and who strive to make their dreams come true. And the culture of peace is an dream whose time has come. All of the Member States of the United Nations voted for the Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace, calling for a Global Movement for a Culture of Peace (see http://www3.unesco.org/iycp). And during the United International Year for a Culture of Peace, more than 1% of the population of the world (over 75 million people) signed the Manifesto 2000 (http://www3.unesco.org/manifesto2000), pledging to practice a culture of peace in their family, school and community. And, as mentioned at the top of this page, organizations around the world state that the Global Movement for a Culture of Peace is advancing despite its being ignored by the mass media.

It is my hope that this personal Website (culture of peace) will help you find a way to take part in this Global Movement for a Culture of Peace, and that together, throughout the world, we can make the transition from a culture of war and violence to a culture of peace and non-violence.

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Mohandas Gandhi

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