The Search for Peace

PEACE – A simple five-lettered word that has stymied people essentially since time began. I dare suggest that people have searched to the ends of the earth and looked into remote galaxies in a quest to find it.

What country can you think of that hasn’t had war as part of its history? Yes, even though Switzerland escaped being an active participant in World War I & II, it has had its share of conflict. The idioms “make peace with” and “keep the peace” are easier said than done. Diplomats can attest to the fact that even when peace accords/treaties have been instituted, there is a big chance that the hatred and violence will continue and even escalate (take Angola and Rwanda for examples).

The Hippie generation used a peace sign as their symbol. The victory designation with two fingers up was a way to state “peace” without even having to say it. Both Arabic and Hebrew use “peace” as a form of greeting.

I think the real question is, can peace really be something manufactured? Can we bestow peace by a decree or a greeting? When we go to a funeral and someone consoles the mourners with “At least they are at peace now”, do they really know that? Even in life, we can go around with a plastered on smile and fool others into believing that we have “peace of mind”, when in reality we may be plagued by inner turmoil. Continue reading