Practice of Peace in Sweden--A reflection on the Issue
Judy D. Spady
ejespady at mydurango.net
Tue Dec 14 12:31:20 PST 2004
Chris and anyone else listening,
Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I find your comments interesting and I
agree with almost everything you wrote.
I apologize because I did not do a good job of communicating what I meant.
I certainly think that "peace" is possible and I live in a very peaceful
world as well. What I meant to say was that I do not think "World Peace" is
possible. As you said, "perhaps peace is not the absence of conflict, but
presence of constructive ways of dealing with conflict." I agree100% . I
think that "in theory"...."if" humans could learn to deal with conflict by
understanding each other's differences, then peace could be achieved. I
also believe that peace is practiced a lot throughout the world.
On the other hand, I am a realist and I do not believe that there will ever
be 'World Peace' because not everyone is willing to use those constructive
ways to deal with conflict. I recognize that conflict isn't necessarily a
bad thing......it's how each party handles the conflict.
Hope that clears things up a bit. I was just responding to Paul's comments
and didn't spell everything out....sorry about that.
Thanks again for your concern and thoughts.
Experiential Learning for Impact
----- Original Message -----
From: "Chris Corrigan" <chris.corrigan at gmail.com>
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Sent: Monday, December 13, 2004 3:56 PM
Subject: Re: Practice of Peace in Sweden--A reflection on the Issue
> Judy wrote::
>> I wholeheartedly agree with Paul's thoughts at the end of his message. I
>> not think peace is possible (realistically). Whenver there are humans
>> involved, there will be personality differences and when those
>> become so vastly opposite, war breaks out. I believe that with a deeper
>> understanding of our personality differences and acknowledging that no
>> 'personality type' is truly 'right' will move us towards peacefulness. I
>> completely agree with Paul's statement - "we'd best be focusing on
>> our own individual consciousness, tolerance level and inner beingness and
>> forget about peace as a target." If/when everyone begins focusing on
>> own choices in life instead of looking to blame others, we might get
>> somewhere........but unfortunately, I doubt that will ever happen.
> I think peace is possible. I know it because I see it. I live in a
> peaceful community, I am at peace in my family and in myself. Do we
> have squabbles and conflicts? Of course. Do these things create
> vicious cycles of conflict and violence? No.
> I think perhaps that peace is not the absence of conflict, but the
> presence of constructive ways of dealing with conflict. In Canada for
> example, we certainly have no shortage of potential causes for civil
> war: the occasional separatist referendum in a province containing
> 30% of the population of the country, unresolved indigenous land
> rights, ethnic and cultural diversity. In many other places in the
> world, these things trigger widespread violence, but not here. I like
> to think it is because we are blessed with an overabundance of space.
> Somehow we exist peacefully together in a sparsely populated land with
> a broad political spectrum and an open democracy that embraces
> opposition rather than demonizing it. Conflict, although it gets
> nerve racking at times, never seems to escalate out of this mushy hug
> of space.
> And I agree with Alex. Peace is an inner art. To see the Dalai Lama
> and many others who have sustained this art in oppressive conditions
> tells me that's it's not only possible, but highly achievable. But I
> think that Harrison's point in the Practice of Peace is key: space and
> time need to be opened if conflict is to dissipate. Whatever that
> means to you, it should be understood that it IS possible. We can
> choose to be opening or closing. We can choose our systems and our
> cultures. Once in a while something like what is happening in the
> Ukraine takes place. What is emerging on the streets of Kiev is not
> peace (in fact it might result in more conflict in the country, I
> don't know) but it IS an opening. It is hundreds of thousands of
> people calling for opening. And in that space, the tolerance for
> conflict wanes and peace grows. Not tonight or even next year, but in
> the long term, on the scale of human change.
> Holding space is having peace. Not easy, but possible.
> CHRIS CORRIGAN
> Consultation - Facilitation
> Open Space Technology
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