“Peace is not the absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.”
— Ronald Reagan
It is not often that you will find me quoting our 40th President, but everyone makes sense sometimes.
The idealist in me still wants to believe that it is possible for the majority of people to find the means to achieve peaceful, compassionate solutions because the desire to avoid the painful alternatives is universal. And the pragmatist in me knows that survival of the species is actually dependent on it. And we are hard-wired for survival.
But achieving that requires education, and it requires patience. And it requires leadership that sees peaceful conflict resolution as a clear path. Sadly, that seems to not apply to may of our modern politicians, particularly on the extreme right. The voting public needs to understand the folly of that war-mongering rhetoric.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
― Nelson Mandela