World peace: two words that evoke tremendous longing and profound overwhelm in that part of the human heart that wants to see an end to suffering in the world. At HumanKind Media, we've been talking about possibilities in the face of seemingly impossible tasks in our world -- ending poverty, eradicating treatable diseases, and raising women's and children's status. But Liz and I were a little intimidated at the thought of taking on world peace. It's so big and seemingly impossible. And how would we even articulate what each of the many billions of people on the planet means by world peace?
We most easily describe peace by saying what it is not: conflict, abuse, oppression, war, and genocide. In the media we see protests, embargoes, sanctions, boycotts, people standing against the things that peace is not. A high school student, when I asked, said, "Peace would happen when someone surrenders." Argh.