Innovate for Peace
On March 20, 2003, I awoke to the news that another war had been launched, this time with an invasion of Iraq led by a U.S. coalition. I called my team together and said, we too are launching a campaign, we are waging peace. One day we will look back and wonder how this kind of illness of war had afflicted our humanity and our planet for so long. Let us begin the healing.
Peace is a discipline. It requires measured action and neutral training. Many of the same qualities of war are necessary to achieve peace – strategy, patience, negotiation, intelligence, acceptance, tolerance, precision, commitment, etc. Reactivity is not one of them.
Peace is not simply the absence of war. Once you experience peace, you do not want anything less. It requires courage to achieve, sustain and guard. If we turn the discipline of battle to the discipline of peace, we achieve a society that will never want anything other than the consciousness of peace.
Let us be brave and not repeat our failures, but rather turn hostility to calm, dominance to justice and inequity to balance. We have a duty to achieve a sustainable peace, within ourselves, collectively on our planet and beyond. This is not a passive experience or one reserved for the few. It is the sovereign right of all people, a minimum standard for future generations.
Peace is not gentle. It is fierce. We are people of compassion and hope, but we too can be fierce. This is my invitation to you, to innovate for peace. To be forward-thinking, fierce and present.