New year wishes

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Wish no. 1: copying peace rather than violence, for instance from ASEAN and the Nordic Community, making peace self-reinforcing.

Wish no. 2: reporting violence less prominently, more toward the end of newspapers-TV-radio news, and reporting peace upfront.

Wish no. 3:  understanding war better, not only how many killed but how many bereaved; understanding peace better as model for others.

Wish no. 4: introducing Yin/Yang in Western thought: no totally good or bad humans or states around; they are all improvable mixtures.

Wish no. 5: linking the good in ourselves to the good in others for peaceful cooperation, yet keeping the bad in mind, for security.

Wish no. 6: identifying unsolved conflicts and unconciled traumas that may lead to violence; solving the conflicts, healing the traumas.

Wish no. 7: globalizing traditional intra-state human rights to rule out killing and exploitation across state borders.

Wish no. 8: adding animal to human rights to reflect how much we have in common, like families, joy and grief, cooperation, symbiosis.

Wish no. 9: globalizing democracy giving voice to all affected by a decision, via UN, or directly by referenda across state borders.

Wish no. 10: dialoguing with the most belligerent–USA-Israel-UK-Turkey–to identify their legitimate goals and how they can be met.

And the erratic climate? A modest wish: a deeper understanding than a one-factor linear relation in a very complex finite world.

Source and full article: https://www.transcend.org/tms/2017/01/new-year-old-wishes-left-and-right/

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A life work on transformative peace building

“The point about my work is to identify the neuralgic, specific contradiction in a specific place in space and at a specific moment in time and dissolve the contradiction with conflict transformation in order to prevent an escalation of whatever social contradiction one is dealing with into violence, whether direct or structural.”

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from TMS: https://www.transcend.org/tms/2016/10/prof-johan-vincent-galtung-24-oct-1930/ 

“To love without knowing how to love wounds the person we love.”

At the heart of Nhat Hanh’s teachings is the idea that “understanding is love’s other name” — that to love another means to fully understand his or her suffering. (“Suffering” sounds rather dramatic, but in Buddhism it refers to any source of profound dissatisfaction — be it physical or psychoemotional or spiritual.) Understanding, after all, is what everybody needs — but even if we grasp this on a theoretical level, we habitually get too caught in the smallness of our fixations to be able to offer such expansive understanding. (Maria Popova)

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International Day of Peace

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Peace Bell at the United Nations, New York City. Image by Dragonbite

Outside the United Nations headquarters in New York sits the Peace Bell, protected by a Japanese pagoda. It is rung mid-morning on 21st September, followed by a few moments of silence in which to think about world peace. The bell was given to the United Nations by Japan in 1954 and is cast from coins donated by the delegates attending the 1951 conference of the United Nations, collected for the bell by children.  The inscription on the side of the bell is in Japanese characters and reads “Long live absolute world peace”. source: http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/peace-day