ORIGIN OF TRUE PEACE
We indicated that peace is absolute and avoiding negativity can help us enjoy real peace. There are many factors that can affect the
way we look at real peace.
True peace comes from God, the Almighty. What that means is that if we genuinely believe and trust in God our actions will be
such that we will make and maintain peace. Our Lord Jesus Christ says in the book of Matthews that those who make peace shall
be called the sons and daughters of God. If we maintain good and positive spirituality, as opposed to fanaticism, we will make and
maintain peace. We will make peace within our families, with our neighbours and communities, in society, in our countries and in
the world as a whole. If each community in the world makes and maintains peace, the corollary is that our world will enjoy genuine
peace. Making peace using modern technology is relatively easy. We can use our talents and skills and assisted by modern
technology, we will preach a message of peace everywhere. That is because we believe that peace awareness is important! Social
media, the Internet, blogging and microblogging sites as well traditional media as the radio and television can be used too to
propagate peace awareness messages!
There is no competition in making and lobbying for peace. The more the people and the more the groups we have campaigning for
permanent peace, the better. We complement one another when we do this. You too can campaign for peace. We thus everyone to
be a peace-maker so that we have peace in abundance everywhere! Shalom!
The Arithmetic of Peace
According to the Theory of relativity, everything has a plane of reference. Everything that exists
including new and existing inventions and discoveries in the material or scientific world must be based
on some reference point. The question to ask is, does this apply to abstractions i.e. non-matter and
things we can not conceive or feel but have a direct or indirect effect on our lives? For example, belief and
obedience: can these two be relative or absolute? Peace, likewise, is an abstraction. Peace is not relative
in its true meaning. We cannot touch or feel it but without it our lives are not up to date. An early
definition of peace was 'absence of war or conflict'. The modern definition of peace has tried to include
'absence of latent danger to peace, control and restriction of sale of arms and other supplies to groups that
are conventionally a danger to society'.In absolute terms peace can be said to be a situation of
non-violence of any form and it includes absolute absence of any source or cause of violence, whether
physical, verbal or mental. The mental aspect of this definition refers to a situation where you have
people thinking of doing things to disrupt good societal order. The bible says:(as cited by M.R.
Kopmeyer)..'as a man thinketh so is he..'. Danger to peace starts as a thought. This means real peace
must have also absence of thoughts imagining or planning violence or disruption of good order in
Peace is absolute. It has no plane of reference. The definition of peace can not be confined to the theory
of relativity which basically deals with matter but can be extended to some non-matter when analyzing
situations or aspects involving matter. For example, strong refers to matter. So someone or something is
strong has a reference. Also, if one says, he is poor is meaningless unless it has a reference. For example
a poor person in US can be considered rich if he moved, for example to India or Africa. Peace, however,
is absolute and has no plane of reference. It is dimensionless. That is how powerful ' a personification'
that peace has. It defies all mathematical and all philosophical analyses.
Peace can only co-exist with positivity in our homes, social and professional circles.
peace can not share a bed with anything negative. That is how delicate peace is. All danger to peace
must be eliminated for peace to be real peace. Literally everyone can contribute to peace by avoiding
negativity. Civilization can only be sustained by having real peace which involves genuine democracy.
Peace and democracy engender or/and sustain real civilization in the modern sense which is necessary
for good order in and survival of society.
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How Do We start to Promote Peace?
There are many threats to peace in the world. These range from poverty, ignorance to easy availability of arms to
bad elements in society. Let us look at one of these threats-ignorance.
We will look at ignorance in the sense of inadequate education (formal or informal or both), misinformation, and
illiteracy. History has shown that educated people rarely agree to be used to perform violent acts. They see
violence as a primitive way of sorting out issues. That is right! There is very little good one can achieve through
violence. How can we reduce violence in society and among our midst? By empowering ourselves, our families, the
youth and all around us with good education. Provision of correct information is also important.
We can empower ourselves by reading good and positive-oriented publications and materials, listening and
watching good programs on radio and TV respectively, organising our lives by having personal life goals which
are achievable, realistic, time-bound, specific and measurable goals which are centered on doing good, obedience
to the moral law and the laws of the country we live in, good ethics, morality of character and elimination of
poverty, disease and negativity and promotion of good health, positive-thinking and general good and well being
at home, at school, in church, in public and everywhere. We can start doing good by thinking good about others
and ourselves. We can assist others in our neighbourhood to see the importance of good education and positive
thinking. We can also be involved in any projects done by the community, the church or school which is aimed at
educating the youth and other members of society. By this we can contribute to the promotion of peace.