Yes, Peace Is Possible!

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it is more challenging to say "yes" to an encounter and "no" to a conflict.

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Most of us tend to listen with an eye to contradict what we hear rather than understand it.

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Peace requires hard work, and that hard work can bring pain as it involves loss of comfort.

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Peace is only possible when we speak the truth with love as well as listen with trust and good intentions.

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Even though sometimes war seems to be necessary, it is still an illness that must be cured.

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For many of us it is more important to "win" the debate than to solve the problem ethically.

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When speaking about others, most of us use stereotypes and assumptions rather than their actual experiences.

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If we are serious about dealing with violence, we need to make a sincere effort to lessen our own distrust, hatred and aggression toward others.

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Some of us would like to amuse ourselves by asking rhetorical questions to confuse others instead of trying to really help them express their thoughts and opinions.

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It is easier to blame others than to take the responsibility of talking with them.

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Most of us hear but not listen, and when we do it is with the intention to devalue rather than strengthen and affirm.

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Long-lasting peace cannot be imposed from the outside; rather, it is born from within and between communities through empathy and dialogue.

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Fine literature is one crucial key to peace.

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Peace cannot be achieved unless people refuse to go to war.

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It's not enough to talk about peace: We must believe in it as it is the only option.

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The true and strong peace of nations only consist in mutual trust.

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Peace can only be achieved through understanding.

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Peace is not a relationship of nations; it is a state of mind of the people of the nations and lasting peace is only possible with peaceful people.

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"peacemaking" takes much more courage than "warfare."

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Peace is priceless.

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