What is war? What is peace?
Understanding is a miracle. In spite of all ignorance in the world it is still possible. But we need a little help. The purpose of Visionary Society Topics is to provide some of that help.
Visionary Society presents the 'Process of Understanding and Action,' a holistic approach that brings together thought and action at one and the same time.
How it works
A Topic is composed of points of view, each presented in a paragraph or two. Hold each perspective up before you in your own mind. Look for the good in it, even if you disagree. Then vote on your response.
Everything has a heart of gold, even if it is warped and deformed. Topics is a process of uncovering the truth of perspectives we misunderstand.
Topics are part of the totality of the Quest Path (culminating in an action plan).
It is a first step in your Learning Pathway, an alternative to the staid, ancient ‘educational system’.
Topics offered for this edition’s look at Conflict:
What is real peace?
The nature of war
"The sword is the pride of man; arsenals, military bases, nuclear weapons lend supremacy to nations. War is the climax of ingenuity, the object of supreme dedication....The most basic way in which all men may be divided is between those who believe that war is unnecessary and those who believe that war is inevitable; between those to whom the sword is the symbol of honor and those to whom seeking to convert swords into plowshares is the only way to keep our civilization from disaster."
"You may not offend anybody; you may not harbor an uncharitable thought, even in connection with one who may consider himself to be your enemy… A man who believes in the efficacy of this doctrine finds in the ultimate stage, when he is about to reach the goal, the whole world at his feet. If you express your love - Ahimsa - in such a manner that it impresses itself indelibly upon your so-called enemy, he must return that love."
More on Topics
Understanding is a beautiful mystery. It breaks down illusion. It resolves perplexities. It puts an end to the misery of isolation. It is the deepest prayer, the ultimate happiness.