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Global Peace Philosophy

Peace is honouring and celebrating the humanity and brotherhood of ‘others’ and the resolve to work with them towards prosperity and development for all.

The opposite of peace is not war. It is the absence of a Peace Culture where the ‘other’ is denied the satisfaction of the same needs one seeks to satisfy for one’s self. This is caused by an attitude of separateness, greed, perceptions and stereotypes about the ‘other’, a failure to acknowledge the good and the bad in all groups, and the effects of teaching historical half-truths.

War is a violent, vicious, and extremely costly system, put together with immense human effort and human sacrifice, in order to protect the group’s happiness from real or perceived threat. No consideration is given to the loss of life and unhappiness that it will cause to the ‘other’ and ones own group. Furthermore, the outcome for the perpetrator could be quite the opposite of expectations.

Although ‘war begins in the hearts and minds of men…’, minds and hearts are shaped by cultures and religion, which shape and are shaped by economics, politics, history, education, and many other factors. Therefore, building a Peace System and a Peace Culture involves close consideration of all these components of the present reality and human activity.

A Peace System needs to be designed with the same determination, diligence and attentiveness that governments design and execute the strategies of war. Despite the fact that a Peace System will produce harmony and prosperity, compared to a War System which can only produce misery and catastrophe, people and governments alike, instead of methodically and painstakingly designing Peace, expect Peace to manifest as a result of prayer and wishful thinking.

Sustainable Peace, in a conflict situation, cannot be the result of a political settlement alone. On the contrary, a political settlement can be greatly facilitated by the emergence of a Peace Culture within the societies of all parties to the conflict.

Peacebuilding is a long-term, complex, as well as fundamentally value-laden project that entails core decisions about how to construct the ‘good’ society and involves both formal and informal institution-building. (Johan Galtung)

Building a Sustainable Peace System cannot be the work of a single actor or group of actors, however politically and financially powerful, working in isolation. It should involve the given polity and take into account the historical, the socio-cultural and the political-economic environment.