When I became a US citizen, the presiding federal judge facilitated humor, goodwill and patriotism to build a peaceful climate across global differences. The result? Newly minted citizens from war torn and healthy countries came together to celebrate common ground.
Even polar bears master brain based tactics for peaceful encounters. Check out wild bears and dogs that dramatize a less popular place of peace and co-existence, even in harsh frigid climates.
Yet the cynic in many of us settles daily for war. conflict, and unrest that creates toxic workplaces and leaves human diversity in ruins. Have you ever wondered why some cultivate conflict, while others promote peaceful encounters? It takes one step at a time to rebuild peace where warriors shout for battle.
What’s your reaction to those who differ, and whose purpose in life seems to stand suspiciously at odds with your own innate values? Peace or conflict?
Novelty can strengthen and rejuvenate brainpower – at least for those open to roads less taken. Have you seen it happen? Their differences prompted Mo the Crow and Cassie the Cat to invite novelty onto center stage in ways that trumped mutual understandings. How could a fresh approach to differences, build peaceful encounters in your brain and in your world?
Care for others, for instance, supersedes a brain’s penchant to respect only people who look or act most like us. Check out this video of a mother tiger who cares for piglets while overlooking differences in favor of accepting co-existence. One incident only of animal brains that teach togetherness?
Then, see this odd trio, who also practice peace daily in ways that could alter neuron pathways for dogs, cats and rats everywhere. Ok, they need a little help from peaceful leaders – yet so do we. Thanks to neurogenesis though, the human brain comes equipped to rewire daily for each peaceful act and with each peaceful gesture made. How can it happen at your workplace?
Einstein found that curiosity offered common ground across difference. It takes changed assumptions on both sides as seen in this video of a dog and duck who relate in spite of their pre-wired propensity for communication.
Just as positive tone for some, promotes peace in ordinary interactions, so too good-natured laughter can tame even a pit bull. Watch this video to see a baby and dog teach us how it happens. Surprisingly, the brain’s equipped to strengthen peaceful practices daily, yet we opt for conflict through practiced violence. Pit bulls show best how brains work for or against animosity.
Given the right climate, even a snake can exchange venom for learned acceptance of hamsters. All through learned acts that value differences. How do you transform tension into tactics that respect in ways that prompt peace from differences?
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