Definitions

Definitions


PEACE is not to be defined merely as an absence of war, or a period between two wars. So what exactly is peace?

Peace, like love, is experiential. We know experientially when we are in love. So do we know when we are at peace. Both love and peace are indefinable but, for that sake of convenience, let us propose that:

Peace is a state of consciousness: mind that is free of internal conflict (s) within an individual as well as collectively and consequently, among groups of individuals known as nations, religions, ethnic units and other such terms.

What is mind?

Mind is a force within individuals, not necessarily the sum total of brain activity but a holistic power more than the sum total of all its constituents that serves as an instrument of sentience and consciousness to accomplish, through that intellectual and physical faculties, whatever consciousness may choose through its freedom of will.

The mind can be trained to perceive, comprehend and interpret any internal or external event, experience or memory in diverse ways, the choice of which, for the individual, is often determined by the social groups that hold common belief systems. These groups apply various conventions and methods for imprinting their choice upon the individual mind. This imprinting their choice upon the individual mind. This imprinting is commonly known by such terms as training, acculturation and education. Parenting is a primary part of such imprinting with all other such systems being subsidiary.

A free mind is a peaceful mind that:

  1. Does not respond to mental imprinting that may lead to internal and, consequently, external conflicts;
  2. Remains free of conflicts, in a state of harmony that includes apparently conflicting aspects of truth and reality as contributing and complementary parts of a holistic system.

Unfortunately, most minds and their mutual associations are not free, but subject to such socially induced imprinting as appears to benefit the particular social, ethnic, religious or national grouping. A mind is free to the extent t which it does not act or react merely from the force of such conditioning.

Education for peace in planet-wide system(s) would consist of:

  1. Imprinting minds so that they hold a holistic view of all human experiences (memory, histories, traditions), thoughts and belief systems as constituents of a single whole and
  2. Facilitating all imprinting that leads to freedom from conflict within an individual mind and, consequently, among social, ethnic, religious, national or other groupings.

 

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