Peace is better than war and we are divinely equipped with the capacity to make peace! We are in a special time when peace is most needed. The good thing is that we can all contribute to it. Achieving a sense of peace is not limited to some individuals. The truth is that we all benefit from peace for our own wellbeing. And, peace can be achieved even in home with family, at work place with co-workers, church with co-members and the world around us. We know that peaceful people live much happier lives than others.
Peace, inner peace, or peace of mind is a state of being mentally, emotionally, and spiritually at peace in face of daily stresses, anxieties, worries, disturbances, and chaos. It is consciously keeping our mind at peace regardless of external circumstances, including what people might think or say about us

Mohandas Gandhi

Mohandas Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869 and murdered on January 30, 1948. He was one of the most famous peacemakers in the world. He helped the people in India get freedom from the rulers in the British Empire. He came from a good family and was planning to study law. Once he was riding a train and had a first class ticket but was still thrown off of the train because he was a different color (Indian). Right then he decided that he would never tolerate segregation against skin color ever again.

He always used nonviolent protest. He was arrested several times for putting together groups of Indian people and telling them to be disobedient. This would mean things like sitting in the middle of the streets, not working, refusing to buy certain things. These protests might seem small but when lots of people do them together it can shut down an entire city.

When he was arrested Gandhi refused to eat. This is called fasting. The Indian people loved Gandhi so much that the British would release him because they were so worried about what would happen if they let him die. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 5 times and he inspired Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr was the leader of the Montgomery bus boycott. The bus boycott started in 1955 when a black woman named Rosa Parks would not give up her seat to a white person. She was arrested and Martin Luther King Jr took action. He called a meeting with all the blacks and told them not the use the bus. He told them to carpool, ride bikes, and walk. When they did that the city lost lots of money and they eventually made it illegal to make blacks get out of their seats when whites came.

On August 28, 1963 he delivered his famous “I have a dream” speech. He delivered it on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Martin Luther King Jr was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. He was born in 1929 and was killed on April 4, 1968. He was only 39 years old when he was assassinated.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela was a famous peacemaker that was born on July 18, 1918 and died on December 5, 2013 (while I was making this website)! Nelson Mandela lived in south Africa where blacks and whites were segregated. Nelson used non-violent protest to help his city. At one point in his life he thought his quiet plan would not work so he made an armed group and planned to bomb certain buildings. He wanted to make a point about how important it was to not be segregated. He made sure that no one was hurt or killed but the government still considered him a terrorist. He spent 27 years in prison. When he was in prison he said he would rather die than change his mind about whites and blacks being treated unequal.

Now July 18th is Nelson Mandela day and you are supposed to spend 67 minutes devoted to helping others. The 67 minutes represents the 67 years that Nelson Mandela served his people.

Several elements are useful in defining peace. On an individual level, peace may start with having calmness within oneself. Expanding outward, peace entails agreement and harmony among people. At its largest scale, peace is to live without violent conflict or war. Peace underlies our quality of life and the fabric of our communities; and, as our weaponry becomes even more powerful, our very survival as people on this planet depends upon it.

Many spiritual traditions and teachings throughout history have emphasized peace, both as an inner journey and as an outward commitment to live in mutual benefit with our families, our communities, and in the world. Yet in our current global landscape we often see peace described in an inverted way, so that “keeping the peace” has come to refer to soldiers and “peace-keepers,” or to armed militia.

A number of other terms and concepts are necessarily related to the creation of peace, including fairness, justice, inclusiveness, and human rights. These must be embedded into the community in order to foster agreement and harmony. Peace is strongest when derived from social justice, which can be defined as ensuring fundamental rights and equity to all. Strengthening civil society, the rules that bind us and allow us to live productively together, with established means of resolving conflict – is the means to those ends.

Peace enriches our communities and individual lives, as it directs us to embrace diversity and support one another to the fullest extent possible. Through caring, generosity, and fairness we provide a cornerstone for attaining a sustainable, just, meaningful, vibrant, and fulfilling personal and community life.

To bring home this point, consider the following questions:
Can our families and communities thrive without mutual support and peace with our neighbours?
Can peaceful communities exist without attention to justice and equity?
What would be the prospects of a world without peace?
2 Kings 4:3 Here’s what you do,” said Elisha. “Go up and down the street and borrow jugs and bowls from all your NEIGHBORS. And not just a few – all you can get.
“If the woman is in enmity with her NEIGHBORS, it would have been a hindrance for the blessings of the oil-well
Enmity hinders success and attracts poverty.

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