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After Beirut and Paris, after the U.S., UK and France all ramp up a "war" on ISIS, after Colorado Springs and San Bernadino -- what's a pacifist to do?
It's a time when a sense of hope for a peaceful world is hard to maintain. It's a time when those of us who urge, even plead for non-violent responses are dismissed as hopelessly naive at best, traitors at worst. It's a time when it is easy to sink into despair.
Fortunately, at times like these, people smarter than me provide a way of thinking, and acting, that give balm to my soul.
Here is a fortifying piece by Johan Galtung, Norwegian sociologist, mathematician, and founder of the Transcend Network for Peace, Development and the Environment. The article was circulated to some CC-FOR members by Jim Gould, historian and elder of the peace community on Cape Cod, who calls Galtung the "father of nonviolent studies. " Google agrees, calling Galtung the founder of the modern discipline of peace studies. Now 85, Galtun reflects on our current situation. It is well worth the read.
For a more action-oriented guide, look to Code Pink, the woman-founded peace organization that specializes in both practical and spectacularly provocative action toward peace. Spend some time at their website ( http://www.codepink.org )and you'll catch the flavor of how Code Pink operates. Spending time at their website gives me hope for the future, and confidence in how younger generations are carrying forward the vital peace work that we baby boomers (and beyond) have yet to achieve.
This week, Code Pink circulated a very practical suggestion for hosting "Pop Up for Peace" conversational gatherings -- in our homes or more broadly in the community.
As a resource guide and template for such conversations, they offer "A Menu for Peace."
Try it. I'm going to!
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