In the centre of life:Peace
Look around, right now!Describe what you are watching. We are sure that you're watching people around you engaged in organizing their lives, and communicating and cooperating with other people. No beating, no killing, no war. Sure. people are worrying about their families, about themselves, and about the future perhaps about having enough to eat the next day. But, they are doing this by interacting with others who are trying to deal with life and its challenges. Many people are in discussions right now, looking for the truth in negotiations-politicians, religious leaders, businessmen, members of social movements, governmental leaders and representatives of NGOS. Others are in school learning for life or they are working hard in a company. Some are in fields with animals or involved with agriculture, some in hospitals saving lives, while others may be playing basketball or at an exhibition admiring art. Let's think about he romantic couples who are meeting right now, some are very intimate; about parents playing with children, old people walking their dogs in the street, young people celebrating parties. Not long ago, the keepers in a zoo had to separate a young baby monkey that had died in its mother's arms, she loved it so much that she had mourned for eight days refusing to let it fall. That's life, that's the centre of life, although the ark Is also true, for some people a brutal truth, and we will not forget nor overlook this. Peace Studies needs to highlight this reality -thee reality of our relative daily peace -as the basis of any peace activism. Our hope lies In what happens around us. This is what we need to encourage.