There are many ideas for building peace in the world
Retrain the military for constructive work
“Retraining of the armies of nations around the world to become experts in ecologically sensitive construction of those aspects of their own societies that need relief and reconstruction, including agriculture, health care, housing, infrastructure, education and computers, and other appropriate technology.” Network of Spiritual Progressives, Global Marshall Plan
"The Sonoma Country Chapter of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship has decided to meet in public more often, making their usual opening meditation a vigil for peace, silence, and turning inward, in the heart of the city. Weather permitting, they will meet as an island of peace in the central courthouse square in Santa Rosa, surrounded by traffic." Fellowship, July 1998
Appoint a guardian of moral discipline
Appoint a guardian of moral discipline, "whose task would be to monitor and survey the army's adherence to international rules of war." Abraham Heschel, Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity, 221
Form a Peace Brigade whose members would risk their lives in dealing with riots, especially communal. This Brigade should substitute the police and even the military.
(1) He or she must have a living faith in nonviolence. This is impossible without a living faith in God. A nonviolent man can do nothing to save by the power and grace of God. Without it he won't have the courage to die without anger, without fear and without retaliation.
(2) This messenger of peace must have equal regard for all the principal religions of the earth. Thus, if he is a Hindu, he will respect the other faiths current in India.
Beat your swords into plowshares
‘And they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
And their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
Neither shall they learn war any more.’ Isaiah 2:2-4
NVC is a process that strengthens our ability to inspire compassion from others and respond compassionately to others and ourselves. NVC guides us to reframe how we express ourselves and how we hear others by focusing our consciousness on what we are observing, feeling, needing, and requesting.
Peace is not the product of terror or fear.
Peace is not the silence of cemeteries.
Peace is not the silent result of violent repression.
Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution of all to the good of all.
Peace is dynamism. Peace is generosity.
It is right and it is duty.
– Oscar Romero