Here are suggested issues in your personal life and in governments whose result can be a matter of choice. Pick one to work on as you take this journey into the Interactive Peace Museum.
An Issue of War or Peace
1. Your neighbor is shooting at your pets with a BB gun. How do you stop them from doing this?
2. The President of the country in which you live states that there are Weapons of Mass Destruction
in a distant country and he is going to war. The U.S. and the Iraq War is a current example. What could the government do to stop going to war? What could you do?
3. Two contiguous countries debate where their boundaries meet. How can they resolve this peacefully?
or choose your own issue. Make sure to state the issue clearly. Write it out on a piece of paper.
In fact, you might want to jot down the various paths you have taken as you venture through the Museum.
After you have picked one issue to work on, scroll down and pick three things you could do to resolve this issue. If you would like to read a prayer before going on, click here. If you would like to walk a labyrinth to meditate on your issue before starting, click here. http://www.lessons4living.com/finger_labyrinth.htm One way to walk the labyrinth which you might like: First circle: state your issue, Second Circle: state the emotions around the issue. Third Circle: State the physical and economic ramifications of your issue. Fourth Circle: How does this issue effect you personally and spiritually? Fifth Circle: Ask whoever is your highest power to help you. Sixth Circle: You get a manifestation. It may be what you already thought, but it may be something completely different. Seventh Circle: You get the first step. Middle: Relax-don’t think. As you come out of the labyrinth, in each circle think about what you learned. Peace!
For those who question whether their thoughts effect others, click here for a fascinating experiment:
1. Below are various techniques & steps you may choose to take to address your Issue of War or Peace.
Click on the three which you think would be most helpful.
2. After picking the three techniques/steps you think would be most helpful, research each by
a) Clicking on the suggested web links and
b) Research each technique/step on the web; in your library; with an expert of your choice.
3. If you would like to clarify your learning:
a. List your issue.
b. List the three choices you made and detail the research you have done on each.
c. State why you think that step or technique will work or not work. You might want to consider some of the questions
below in your analysis:
1. Is the step pro-active or reactive?
2. Can the step be done by yourself or do you need to create or join an organization?
3. Does the step mean that the culture in which you live has to change? In what way?
4. Does the step mean that the structure of your government has to change? In what way?
5. Is this a step to be taken world-wide, country-wide or on a smaller basis?
6. If this is a step you can take by yourself, what are the risks involved?
d. State what you think the results of your intervention will be.
e. State what you might want to do next, if anything. (examples: 1. form a discussion group through email or in
your geographic area 2. do further research.
4. If you would like, send your summary in an email to the author of the Interactive Peace Museum. I would be happy to
learn from you what you think of the Interactive Peace Museum, what you liked about it, and what could be improved.
If you have techniques or steps and links you think would be useful in this website, please send them to me. Thanks!
|1. Ask an expert in Conflict
Resolution to work
with you and the other party. For information
about Conflict Resolution: (revised 09) http://unpan1.un.org/intradoc/
unpan001363.pdf http://www.colorado.edu/conflict/ http://www.sit.edu/contact/
|2. Sign up to join the Army, Navy or Marines. That way you don’t have to
worry about war or peace. You have
chosen! You might get an education
after your stint in the service – leading
to a better job. (revised 09) http://www.writing.com/main/view
|3. If the head of your government
takes the country to war, don’t
disagree or you will be termed unpatriotic. Try to silence anyone
who disagrees with you by calling
them “traitors”. (revised 09) http://rethinkafghanistan.
|4. Establish a Civilian Service for
Peace. Originally set up as an alternative to
Military Service. All those who, for
religious or moral reasons, did not
wish to bear arms could thus take
an active part in actions of
Civil Rights advancement or
protection of the environment instead of fighting for the defense of Peace, they were able to build it up.A long term objective may well be the gradual substitution of civil for military structures.
(revised 12-18-09) http://www.bessereweltlinks.de/
eurofighter/fighte31.htm http://www.en-cps.org/ http://www.nonviolentpeace
|5. Vote to finance a war against the countries which are disagreeing with
you. (revised 12-18-09) http://www.scc.rutgers.edu/serbian
|6. Establish a Department of Peace
in your government which is as
powerful as your Defense
Department. (revised 12-18-09) http://www.dopcampaign.org/ http://www.uspeacegovernment.
|7. Call, visit or email your elected
representatives on issues of concern:
join groups which watchdog current legislation, corporation and
government practices so
that you are up to date on the issues.
(updated 2-11-10) http://www.change.org/ideas/view/end_the_
|8. Find out who benefits from War. Discuss these findings with friends and neighbors.Reveal the true reasons for war. (rev. 02-17-10) http://projects.publicintegrity.org/wowII/?gclid=CO7A78Pm-Z8CFQ-lagodxz-ZWQ
(The top ten private contractors in Iraq and Afghanastan – The Windfalls of War.) http://rethinkafghanistan.com/blog/?p=411 http://cosmicpoaching.com/
|9. Create a Peace Festival. Invite
small businesses which are
producing products in an environmentally friendly
way. Have music for peace.
Include Illustrations of peaceful
ways to negotiate disagreements; examples of sustainable
development: water, energy,
housing, transportation. (rev/updated 02-17-10) http://www.wilpfsanjose.org/ http://www.quakerpeacefair.org/http://www.peacekidz.com/
|10. Conscientious Objection http://www.europarl.eu.int/charter/
|11. Create a culture of peace.
http://www.peacekidz.com/peacefairs/ http://www.people4peace.net/ http://www3.unesco.org/iycp/
|12. Shoot your neighbor’s dog so
he knows how it feels to have a
pet hurt. http://www.apl.com/boomerang
|13. Develop a Peace & Social Forum to discuss ways to peace. http://www.transcend.org/t_
||15. If energy resources are the
reason to go to war – Encourage
the development of solar energy,
fuel cell energy, and conservation
of energy in the United States and Europe. Establish an international regulatory committee for the encouragement of renewable
energy sources and conservation
youngquist/altenergy.htm http://www.ases.org/ http://www.solarenergy.org/
|16. Promote, call for and develop peace education in schools.||17. ” Addressing Root Causes – including
peace building and meeting people’s
basic human needs as well as
transforming deep structures and deep cultures of violence, transforming social, economic, and political systems which
are themselves rooted upon and
based in violence and inequality,
including creating at every level social, political, and economic democracy – people’s power.” Johan Galtung, Transcend Peace University. http://www.fes.de/europolity/Summary
|18. “Ending violence – normally
considered as ‘cease-fires’, but
also meaning ending violence
in all its forms, from the micro-
level to the macro, including
psychological and verbal, working
to end domestic violence, sexual violence, and the institutions and structures of violence and war.”
Johan Galtung, Transcend Peace University http://www.infoforhealth.org/pr
|19. Promote, call for and develop
peace education in our communities,
organizations and media.
|20. Create a petition and get people to
|21. Grow Your Own Candidates:
Fed up with the conduct of your
elected representatives? Form a
group and Grow Your Own
Candidates. Get the issues you
want discussed out there. And
|22. Use non lethal war tactics as suggested by a United States Air
Force Research team – called the Sunshine Project:
1) Expose enemy troops to powerful aphrodisiacs in order to distract
them into lustful hookups with each other (irrespective of gender).
2) Give the enemy severe halitosis
(so they could be detected within a civilian population).
3) Overrun enemy positions with
rats or wasps.
4) Create waves of fecal gas. http://marcyfrommaui.powerful
|23. Clarify visible and invisible
consequences of violence. http://lists.iww.org/pipermail/iww-news/2003-January/001184.html http://www.vvaw.org/veteran/article/?id=484&print=yes
|24. Adhere to the principles of the Bible: “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth”. Do to your enemy what he has done to you.|
|25.. Find a third person who is friendly
with both of you and ask them to
|26. Do nothing. http://www.bartleby.com/62/25/
|27. Social Investments were
initiated in the U.S. in the 1920’s. Europeans had to wait until the
1980’s before they could invest in
morally, socially, and
companies. A socially controlled economy allows investors to live
up to their principles. Instead of giving their support to companies
that turn out weapons, pollute the environment or have something to
do with tobacco, alcohol, gambling
or child labor in third world sweatshops.
|28. Organize a large group of
peace keepers to flood the
disputed area of conflict. http://www.angsbacka.se/teacher/
|29. Work for people who are in charge
and do whatever they say to do. http://www.nhrdbangalore.com/Library/
||32. Develop equitable trade markets with
other countries. http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/cida_ind.nsf/0/6D0279B929
|34. Ban biological & chemical weapons: all weapons of mass destruction. Ban the making of all
||36. Tired? Visit one of the many
peaceful gardens around the world.Peace Museum Garden Photo 1.
Feng Shui GatePeace Museum Garden Photo 2.
Pavilion and herbs
Peace Museum Garden Photo 3.
Buddha, San Francisco Botanical Garden
Peace Museum Garden Photo 4.
Sunshine Farm& Garden, Renick,
Peace Museum Garden Photo 5.
Bathtub in the Garden, W.V.
Peace Museum Garden Photo 6.
The Asian Garden, San
Peace Museum Garden Photo 7.
Road through Lavender Fields,
|37. Nonviolent intervention (a class of methods involving the disruption or destruction of established behavioral patterns, policies, relationships or
institutions that are considered unacceptable; or creation of preferred alternatives) (Sharp 1973) http://quixotic1.com/E/2005.04.
|38. Recognize and acknowledge Cause #1 of 9/11: US World Wide economic penetration and military intervention, stimulating retaliation (or “blow back” in CIA jargon (Chalmers Johnson).||39. Recognize and acknowledge Cause #2 of 9/11: the lack of respect for Islam in general and wahhabism, the Saudi state religion, in particular, with a different view of economic life. http://members.aol.com/superogue
|40. Organize workshops for journalists all over the world focusing on the presentation of possible solutions of the conflict. Diffuse information about the human consequences of a war. Tell the truth about dangers for civilians. http://www.stthomasu.ca/new/
|41. Global Democracy. Organize networks who can support the action of the United Nations in the field on non proliferation of WMD. The United Nations must be the instrument of ordinary people for an empowered global democracy and for World Peace, not the instrument of governments. http://www.g8.fr/evian/english/navigation
|42. De-glamorizing cultural violence.|
||44. Lobby to convince the United Nations
Security Council to appoint a Wise People Commission (e.g. with Nobel Prize
Winners like Carter, Mandela, Gorbachev) which could find solutions acceptable to all. http://www.cartercenter.org/default.asp?bFlash=True http://www.parl.gc.ca/committee/
|45. If the country is said to be undemocratic, support a UN (and other regional organizations)
democracy/human rights campaign in this country which could supervise free elections.
This has been done rather
successfully in Cambodia, in Namibia, and in East Timor. http://theunjustmedia.com/UN/Scandals%20of%20Oil%20for%20Food.htm
|46. Work to have a park put where the
disputed territory is located. Call it a
Peace Park and have a contract with
each disputing country agreeing to
its development. http://edition.cnn.com/WORLD/americas
|47. Sign a petition circulated by a political party in your country asking for the end of the conflict and suggesting ways to do so (e.g. conflict resolution). http://www.pdamerica.org/petition/iraq-withdraw-petition.php||48. added (8-5-2011): Study the
prophets over 5000 years – find peace http://www.peacebestill.net/
|49. Creating a culture of peacemaking: Articles on Ghandi, Stop the Internal War and Make Peace, Using Active Non Violence added 10-1-2012, *Kiva Bottero http://www.themindfulword.org/