Fighting War With NonViolence

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“It is my hope that this standard of the oneness of the world of humanity may be upraised with the utmost solidity so that the Orient and Occident may become perfectly reconciled and attain complete intercommunication, the hearts of the East and West become united and attracted, real union become unveiled, the light of guidance shine, divine effulgences be seen day by day so that the world of humanity may find complete tranquillity, the eternal happiness of man become evident and the hearts of the people of the world be as mirrors in which the rays of the Sun of Reality may be reflected. Consequently, it is my request that you should strive so that the light of reality may shine and the everlasting felicity of the world of man become apparent.”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 12

Do you feel like world peace is a fantasy? Here’s an excerpt from the article, Has Your Town Declared Peace Yet?, from a site named YES!, back in April of 2006:

“…citizens in 32 Wisconsin cities, towns, and villages had cast ballots for immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. Voters in tiny villages in the North Woods and the Door Peninsula, in the regional urban centers of Madison and La Crosse, and in the small cities that are the heart of the Badger State, sent a clear message.”

If you read that with a bit of skepticism because they “declared” peace in 2006 and the war is still raging, realize that each and every attempt to Wage Peace does add up. Also, the more individuals do take action, the faster the sum of all actions will bring Global Peace…

Waging Peace is not a new concept and the power of nonviolence is a Force More Powerful than the hate and rancor of violence. One of the big reasons there’s still war is simply because not enough people are waging peace…

And, just to add to your understanding that you can Wage Peace, check out this excerpt from Peace Brigades International:

“PBI is an international NGO that has been promoting nonviolence and protecting human rights since 1981. The founders of PBI shared a profound conviction that ordinary people can take action to stop war and human rights violations even when their governments cannot or will not.”

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