Why is the idea of peace incapable of resolving war?
Comment by Jose Pares Perez. Concepción, Chile
One of the most unsatisfactory consequences of the discomfort we feel for many different reasons in our lives is the loss of our calmness, our peace. If we are in that state, we find it extremely difficult to maintain a peaceful relationship with those with whom we relate. I might have very, very clear concepts about what peace means, good relations with everyone, but that is not enough. It is not enough for me to understand what peace is to behave peacefully. To act peacefully at all times, with any state of mind, I must be peace, feel it as part of my being.
What creates conflicts of all kinds among humans is thought. The fear of losing what one has, the ambition to seize what others have, to hold beliefs that drive us to erase those who don’t think as we do, those are some of the arguments that don’t lead to conflict. We believe we have enough arguments to justify the destruction of peace. The same thoughts that lead us to war can’t restore peace. Problems created at a level of human development can’t be solved at that level because peace is not thought. Peace is felt and lived or is not peace.