We become peacemakers when we are no longer struggling for power, to be at the top, but just working to serve each other…We cannot all do big things, but all of us can kneel at each other’s feet and say, “I trust you and believe in you.”
When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you – pull your beard, flick your face – to make you fight. Because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how t handle you. The only thing they don’t know how to handle is non-violence and humour. ~ John Lennon
Violence is what happens when we don’t know what else to do with our suffering. ~ Parker Palmer
Most people think of peace as a state of Nothing Bad Happening, or Nothing Much Happening. Yet if peace is to overtake us and make us the gift of serenity and well-being, it will have to be the state of Something Good Happening. What is this good thing? I think it is the evolution of community, community slowly and surely invested with the robes of government by the consent of the governed. ~ E. B. White
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