Are you wired for anger, anxiety or payback when clashes strike on an ordinary day? Or do instant reactions for you tend to bring others together, find common ground or share assets? Remembrance Day is the perfect day to inventory our comebacks to personal assaults. A time to check our… Read more »
What if Veterans Day inspired us to invigorate and celebrate a robust peace plan that offers far more benefits in wellbeing that any conflicts we create? In so doing we’d also reboot our brains with new neuron pathways for peace possibilities to resolve personal, domestic or national gripes. Let’s say… Read more »
We need more Gandhi Institutes for Nonviolence, but I’m especially grateful for the one we have here in Rochester. The next step? Let’s bring interactive peacemaking curriculum into more secondary schools! Let’s teach peace literacy at least as much as we teach war strategies. The actions we do daily can… Read more »
Are you aware that all normal brains come with chemical and electrical equipment to help you choose civil discourse? Or did you know that your brain can default into cynical choices that bully, berate or intimidate? Simply stated, without deliberate choices for civility, a danger exists for lack of civility… Read more »
Have you seen our financial crisis through a different lens? Or do you dare to dream when others damn a thing? Can you see another side? Do you look at war or peace from many angles? I ran into a government run outfit that sells guns and ammunition to US… Read more »
Yesterday a retired teacher told me how he loved teaching history – especially lessons on the civil war and Gettysburg Battles. Now that he’s retired, Jake shared he enjoyed reenacting history scenes in popular historic parks – where people enjoy revisiting the triumphs of war.
My immediate thought was, “Why have we taught war, but omitted the wonders of robust peace plans?”
Today I wear Hendrik’s medallion for all those who lost loved ones at a Batman movie. I also wear it for all of us who crave robust peace for our grandbabies, in exchange for violent tendencies currently supported all around us.
What if we changed the brain’s wiring so that it no longer defaults back to war and violence. It means change in a dozen areas identified and challenges for change in this post.
To fight terrorism is to engage in winning wars. Myth or reality? If you believe that violence leads to freedom you tend to focus on wars. You share stories of courage at war, and compare battle strategies. You hail war heroes, promote war ammunitions, motivate warrior careers. You go after… Read more »
What small ground is gained running from racism – is often lost again daily because of the way human brains hardwire for prejudice. In spite of racism cures, as pointed out by reporters such as Lance Morrow at Time Magazine, racism tends to creeps in constantly. Have you experienced its subtle and not so subtle barbs? Have you seen it? Certainly the media makes its case.