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Visionary Society Impossible Question for conflict
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What is an Impossible Question?

In every area of life we meet a mystery, a disjunction between the way things are now and how they should be. There is a conflict between our limited knowledge, our weak nature, our poorly formed social institutions, and our higher nature and our highest vision. This conflict is a good thing. It is an opportunity to step off the treadmill and reimagine our entire approach.

Solving the problem intellectually or through some kind of social plan will not help much. Instead, focus your attention on the intractable enigma.

Join us in entering into the mystery of this impossible, beautiful question. If you ask the question fully, with all your will, and with good will, an answer will appear – one that challenges our assumptions and reconceives our humanity.

“The question is the beginning of all thinking. In knowing how to ask the right question lies the only hope of arriving at an answer.” Abraham Heschel, Man Is Not Alone 

“We never put the impossible question – we are always putting the question of what is possible. If you put an impossible question, your mind then has to find the answer in terms of the impossible – not of what is possible. It was impossible to go to the moon… If you put it with tremendous earnestness, with seriousness, with passion, you’ll find out. But if you say, ‘Oh, it is possible,’ then you are stuck.” J. Krishnamurti, The Impossible Question
 
Why do we fight our own brothers?
In a competitive society, is a deep response to global conflict possible? Can we find what is good in each other, and respect and understand and help our adversaries?
Is force necessary? Is gentle love possible? Can we turn misery into mystery?
 
Learning Pathway
Explore these resources to prepare yourself to decide on our invitation in conflict.

– Explore the meaning of deep peace.
– Explore conflicts your nation is involved in (such as Iraq and Afghanistan).
– Learn about national peace organizations.
→ Visit participating local peace non-profits...


Overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth, and hatred with love
Each of us is guilty before everyone and for everyone
Practice mindfulness, acquire the capacity to see and understand
To put an end to outward war, you must put an end to war in yourself
Radical non-violence (ahimsa) resolves conflict
Without love action only leads to greater harm and misery
 
 
Visionary Places
Do the places you use in the conflict category have heart and soul? Join them, invite them to participate, and track their progress!
How to invite Places

Instead of force, use gentle love
Stand up for your highest ideal in these conflict categories
Prison: Everyone, even those who have injured others & who deserve punishment, should be treated respectfully.
Military: Fight for the good. Use military force for protection, assistance, and building, not aggression.
Police: "Protect, Help and Understand." Help people in trouble, not just with immediate needs, but with what is of lasting importance.
 

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Pledges
A new kind of hippocratic oath
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Help those in trouble. Enforcing the law is important, but responding to the living human being in front of you is critical. Help all parties involved, including the victim and those causing harm, and not just with immediate needs, but also by addressing the root of the problem. Enforcing the law is important, but responding to the humanity of the person is prior.
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Soldiers should fight for more than mere victory. They can fight for a lasting and meaningful resolution to the conflict. To do this, we must begin with the attempt to understand. While still doing their duty, soldiers should never forget to try to understand the suffering, grievances, hopes and dreams of the opposing side.
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Profound Peace
Profound Peace is resolving conflict at the root level, through introspection and direct, personal, collaborative action. Whether in our personal life, locally or globally, we can step out of the cycle of violence.
 
Annual public event for sharing deep responses to conflict. It is meant to be an alternative to standard activism, presenting tools for deep peace and responding to global conflicts:

– Understand the grievances of the opposing side.
– Understand the suffering of the opposing side.
– Understand your own role in aggression.

More: Form a Peace Brigade for any conflict, in which any ‘stakeholder’ of a conflict (including civilians and soldiers) takes a pledge for deep understanding of opposing sides, with the goal of establishing genuine communication, and to act at the root level of a conflict.




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Transform Security Guards into Security Guides
Requests in the conflict category
 
 
 
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Put an end to the cycle of global, local and personal conflict
– Put an end to war in yourself. Discover your own part in creating conflict, including what you do for work, entertainment and in your daily life.
– Become capable of peace.
– Respond to conflict by transforming the conflict situation.
– Recognize and atone for your complicity in causing harm. Repent for your own brutality.
– Look at evil with the eyes of a mother.
 
As a Participant, you can:
– Receive notifications about actions and events in conflict in your location.
– Help envision a solution to the perennial problems we face in this area.
– Join the businesses and organizations in conflict you use, reenvisioning the role they place.
– Be informed of and take part in special public projects for building a Visionary Peace.
– Announce your participation in this community of those working to reconceive and rebuild life in this area!

 

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Put an end to the cycle of global, local and personal conflict
– Put an end to war in yourself. Discover your own part in creating conflict, including what you do for work, entertainment and in your daily life.
– Become capable of peace.
– Respond to conflict by transforming the conflict situation.
– Recognize and atone for your complicity in causing harm. Repent for your own brutality.
– Look at evil with the eyes of a mother.

– Understand the grievances of the opposing side.
– Understand the suffering of the opposing side.
– Understand your own role in aggression.
 
The Present
"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."
Abraham Heschel,
Possibilities
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.
Mohandas Gandhi,