"What" would you do?
“How” would you do it?
Brittany’s first prize winning comments about “what” a small “zone of peace” is are worth remembering (see our last posting). The first part of Brittany’s formula has to do with knowing how to take responsibility for one’s own anger and transform it within oneself into a state of peace. The second part implies that two people, both being similarly responsible in this way, can be together in a shared space – and – maintain a state of peace. Having spent some time with Brittany when we were conducting our 2006 art and essay contest, I feel assured that her “what” is a deep part of her. So much so that I believe that her “inner knowing” about building zones of peace has led her to seek out the “how.” (She was, after all, only eleven when last we met. Just beginning to explore the challenges of local and global peace.) The “how” of building zones of peace moves outward from peace within to a peace that is shared -- with all living beings; people, animals, the elements of nature and the environment. Brittany’s “what” is a great starting point for the adventure of any small zones of peace building project. We still, however, have a daunting task ahead of us to –
- Know the day-to-day “how” of building small zones of peace, and;
- Develop skill in maintaining these small zones of peace, once constructed.
- Sustainable practices for resolving conflict between members; and
- Skill at creating elegant solutions for solving the problems that arise in conflict areas.