Category Archives: peace

How Brains Wire for War or Prepare for Peace

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Are you wired for war when conflicts strike? Have you ever heard military personnel speak as if they’d walk into a bear cave in spring with a steak strapped to their foot? Or do you lean toward peaceful possibilities to take care of pesky problems when they arise? Both war… Read more »

Your Brain on Peace – Value for All!

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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 »

Daily We Wire Entire Nations for War or Peace

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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 »

Ode to Brainpower in Civil Discourse

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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 »

Multiple Mental Lookouts

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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 »

Compelling Counterpoints or Gridlocks

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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?”

Wars Work Well – Myth or Reality?

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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 »

Civil War’s 150th Anniversary and Still Wired for Racism

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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.