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Quest6, Call to Action, The Quest for Peace

Not long ago, a farmer, who had worked tirelessly to build an organic garden system on his property, harvested the crop of sugar snap peas which were crisply hanging from their vines. A huge tornado blew up, and the farmer ran for the storm cellar. Skirting the edge of the farm, the tornado left minimal damage in its wake, tossing the baskets of harvested peas in the air, and scattering the peas across the field.

After the tornado had dissipated, the farmer emerged, to view a beautiful rainbow, which looked as if it had sprung up right from his own garden!

When his neighbors came to make sure he was alright, he was still wandering in the garden, at the foot of the rainbow.

“What are you doing?” the neighbors asked.

“Looking for whirled peas,” the farmer replied.

Can peace be found at the end of the rainbow?

Like the pot of gold, more myth than legend, it is a pretty story. But to find peace, to develop peace, to sustain peace, takes work, cooperation, compassion, strength.

If I had the power to convince one person, or one million people to do one thing, it would be to quest for peace.

If an infant cries, and parents sob because there is no food to be had, will peace feed them? No. But providing food to carry the people through a famine, and the training and necessities to enable the people to grow their own food next season, can bring peace from the gnawing worry of food security. And peace can grow.

If a nation thirsts, and supplies of potable water are dwindling, and the earth is cracking with drought, bringing emergency water purifiers, and training the people to reclaim and recycle greywater, to save and utilize all rainwater runoff, however scarce, to till the earth in curved hills to conserve water used for crops can bring peace from the fear of living in a dry, inhospitable earth, with no hope of growing the plants that can halt desertification. Peace, like permaculture plantings in a dry land, can, with care, grow.

If a region mourns, because too many women die in childbirth, too many infants are orphaned by HIV/AIDS, too many men and women have no work and fear there will be no escape from the downward spiral towards marginalization, isolation, or social upheaval, introduce opportunities for cooperative intervention through medical assistance, improved information, health and safety precautions, and infrastructure building which can improve community-based employment, and regional productivity and sustainability.

Peace is a superhero which can assume many guises, and heal many wounds. Peace is a necessary component of any sustainable plan for a secure, flourishing life.

Evoke Agents, whatever their expertise or interest or strength, can all join together, as Agents for Peace.

If I could Evoke one million people, if I could Evoke all of you, to do one thing, it would be to please become super agents for peace. Using all the powers at your command, quest for peace.

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Comment by A.V.Koshy on April 14, 2010 at 7:15pm
i see what you long for :)
Comment by nomadHAR on April 14, 2010 at 8:18pm
a few questions strike me when considering PEACE:

1) is conflict an essential element of society for change/evolution, or a stage of society's growth?
2) which current aspects of society interfere with PEACE?
3) what is the difference between PEACE, HARMONY and EQUILIBRIUM?

i have my own answers, i am just curious as to everybody else's.
Comment by A.V.Koshy on April 14, 2010 at 10:54pm
conflict will always be there it cannot be wished away
but we all have to work towards peace i guess
i mean inside me i can be peaceful harmonious and in a state or condition of well being which is what i consider equilibrium but outside as marley puts it "everywhere is war" so i think it's necessary to have peace lovers and peace keepers and those who work actively for peace yes makers of peace
blessed are the peace makers
hope michele gets nobel peace prize one day...
Comment by Wintermute on April 15, 2010 at 3:01am
I believe in the three beats of the endless waltz, war peace and revolution. Great post Michele
Comment by Massive Attack on April 21, 2010 at 10:07pm
My brothers blog; veteran & conscientious objectors contagiousloveexperiment.wordpress.com PEACE
the world will one day realize how illogical wars & violence are PEACE
Comment by Michele Baron on April 21, 2010 at 11:23pm
@ Koshy and Wintermute, thank you for your views on equilibrium, and the dance of change. @ nomadHAR, I think conflict, but not necessarily violence, is often related to change; however, change can be accomplished without the impetus or catalyst of conflict. I think one of the most damaging aspects of society interfering with peace is lack of knowledge. I think that equilibrium can exist within tyranny but generally not without the application or threat of force/violence; harmony can exist within tyrrany but only when tyranny is mitigated by benevolence; peace cannot truly exist within tyranny, for peace entails a calmness of soul and a oneness with others, which can not survive when rule is exercised through force. @ Massive Attack, I have seen, heard your brother through the media, and had not connected you together. All good wishes to Josh, and to you, as you journey through life. War and violence are illogical. I too hope for reconcilliation between warring parties. I hope for PEACE. thank you all for your comments
Comment by sunnydupree on April 24, 2010 at 1:50am
Hello Michele
You have put into words what I pray for!!!! Excellent post, most excellent!
Comment by Michele Baron on April 25, 2010 at 6:06am
thank you sunny!
Comment by Lynn Caldwell on April 25, 2010 at 6:32am
Excellent Post, Michelle. I also think that wars and fighting are illogical....all so infantile when we've developed a sophisticated language system. Taken that negotiations take place while fighting goes on - just lock the 'warring factions' in a room and let them battle it out through logical argument.
Comment by Michele Baron on April 25, 2010 at 6:49am
thank you Lynn, I agree--logical, non-violent argument/discussion.

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