Peace Day - September 21, 2008 - 65
PEacE ParTNErSHIP INTErNaTIoNaL ues, our belief system, our world view. If we see the world as a win-lose situation, a world of scarcity (I have to get mine or you’ll get it and I won’t), you have fear – this worldview leads to all kinds of problems. Even the metaphors we use, we have a war on poverty, a war on drugs - we use those metaphors and violence is built into the way we think of things. People point to the violence on TV or the violent video games, but that kind of violence becomes what is acceptable in a culture of violence.” “That cultural violence, the structural violence – we create the structures ourselves as humans. Our social systems and our economic systems are invented by us. There is nothing natural about them. We think they’re natural and that’s why we fight for them. Competition isn’t about improving yourself or meeting a challenge, it’s about defeating somebody else. We create our political and economic systems to be consistent with that culture. These two together create what we call direct violence, what you actually see.” “Getting at the root causes means getting down into those things and how we change the way people see the world. It’s a worldview shift. You can’t legislate that. It’s hard even to educate for that. But demonstrating it could work. That’s the challenge. “In a Triangle of Peace, structural peace and cultural peace support direct peace, what you see. The Department of Peace is an idea for a governmental structure that would support (not legislate!) a culture of peace. The challenge is how do you . . . catalyze, if you will, how do you foster this transformation from the violence triangle to the peace triangle?” The Global Summits have served as fertile ground for these groups to meet each other, to gather support and mentorship, and to mastermind the strategies that will transform our world. Sydney, Australia, will host the Global Summit this fall in 2008, and the 2009 summit will be in Costa Rica, where they are striving to complete the formation of their Ministry of Justice and Peace in time for it. You can be part of this incredible work. The exploration of new and uncharted waters is calling for people like you to share your thoughts and ideas. We’ve setup a global mastermind so that you can contribute and exchange ideas with others around the world. See insert for more information. reSourCeS: • The Global Alliance for Ministries and Departments of Peace – supporting national campaigns to establish ministries and departments of peace around the world (www.mfp-dop.org) • Peace Partnership International – forging alliances to co-create a culture of peace. (www.peacepartintl.org) • The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict – a global network of civil society organizations working for conflict prevention and peace building (www.gppac.org) • Pathways To Peace – in Consultative Status with the United Nations (ECOSOC) and serving as the International Secretariat of the Culture of Peace Initiative (www.pathwaystopeace.org) • The Peace Action, Training, and Research Institute of Romania – empowering active democracy, sustainable development, and peaceful conflict transformation (www.patrir.ro) • The Peace Alliance – advocating for legislation that supports a culture of peace, specifically that establishes a United States Department of Peace (www.thepeacealliance.org) • TRANSCEND – a peace and development network for conflict transformation by peaceful means (www.transcend.org) www.worldpeaceemerging.com 65
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