Peace is an occurrence of harmony characterized by the lack of violence, conflict behaviors and the freedom from fear of violence. Commonly understood as the absence of hostility and retribution, peace also suggests sincere attempts at reconciliation, the existence of healthy or newly healed interpersonal or international relationships, prosperity in matters of social or economic welfare, the establishment of equality, and a working political order that serves the true interests of all.
In India, when we finish a prayer, we say Om Shanthi Shanthi Shanthi. Shanthi means peace. Why say it three times? One for self, one for the surroundings and one for the entire Universe(s).
To quote our about page, these are the concentric circles in which conflict arises: Me, Family (and Friends), Community, Country, Work, Work Ecosystems and finally the Whole World. Problems arise because of conflicts within members of these circles, or at the individual level, between myriad thoughts and beliefs.
There is no point in reading the news and being upset by every conflict / fight. If you can’t do anything about it, don’t let it enter your psyche and wreak havoc. Think love, not hate. Stand up for Truth and Righteousness(Dharma). Don’t lose spirit.
But life at its best is a creative synthesis of opposites in fruitful harmony – Martin Luther King
The rest of the quotes are taken from wikiquote:
* Peace comes from being able to contribute the best that we have, and all that we are, toward creating a world that supports everyone. But it is also securing the space for others to contribute the best that they have and all that they are. – Suu Kyi
* Where there is no justice there can be no secure peace.
* That just laws which uphold human rights are the necessary foundation of peace and security would be denied only by closed minds which interpret peace as the silence of all opposition and security as the assurance of their own power. – Suu Kyi
* If we are serious about peace, then we must work for it as ardently, seriously, continuously, carefully, and bravely as we have ever prepared for war.
* he first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes from within the souls of men when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells Wakan-Tanka, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us. This is the real peace, and the others are but reflections of this. The second peace is that which is made between two individuals, and the third is that which is made between two nations. But above all you should understand that there can never be peace between nations until there is first known that true peace which is within the souls of men. – Black Elk, One of the Sioux
* The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner. – Omar Bradley, Armistice Day speech
* Islam is peace, these terrorists don’t represent peace. They represent evil and war.
(at C, I tire of adding more quotes, but any of you are welcome to edit this article)