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Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul RETI Jan 21, 2009. 7 Replies


Shunning politics is counteractive, because peace is a political interest; because politics is dignifying; and because by shunning politics we leave it to the monopoly of the enemies of peace.

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When it comes to peace, how would you describe yourself?
I feel the pain in the world
What do you believe are the 'burning issues' today?
So what is it?
saving humanity from self destruction
What must we overcome to achieve peace?
determinism in general, and deterministic (ethnic) nationalism in particular
Can we change the world?
More about me
I am a pessimistic optimist. I view the reluctance of the global pro-peace community to discuss the political issues involved, especially the questions that pertain to nationalism and peace, as the source of the greatest dangers that face us today.
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Identity issues - politics - and peace

Identity issues - politics - and peace

The ill wind, the hatered and misanthropic ideologies that are at the root of war and conflict, are all aided by the intrinsic impotense of the entire global peace miliue. The root causes of said impotence are:

1. The habit of peace lovers to shunn and shy away from rational and critical discussion to controversial questions: briefly, their aversion to controversy.
2. The habit of peace lovers to shunn and shy away from politics.
3. The habit of peace lovers to shunn and shy away from basic political issues, and from issues that pertain to the inter-relations between politics and our deepest sentiments. The paradigm of these is the issue of national identitiy in general and the need for responsible and peaceful nation building in particular.

There is a truly stupendous ammount of honest good will, of real zest, of inspired initiatives and of selfless readiness to contribute. All these are manifest all over the world including - nay, especially - here in Israel. All this has been going to waste and will continue to do so as long as we continue to observe the taboo on basic controversial political questions. Neither will it help to continue calling the conflicting views over such questions "different naratives", chanting that they all are "legitimate", that we must "accept the other", and have "dialogue": Our shying away from discussing basic controversial political questions empties all these from meaning and renders them mere mantras and religious chants.

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At 2:05am on June 15, 2010, Eva said…

iPeace is deleted from David Califa the end of June. Here you can find a new home.

You are cordially invited.

Warm regards, Eva
At 2:08am on July 12, 2009, Michael C. Dewey said…
At 4:57pm on July 11, 2009, Marie said…
Hi Chen,

You go straight to the point when it comes to have a DIALOGUE for peace. To me Peace is a "state of mind" and must be a "willing power". As long there will be people suffering from hunger and poverty there will be war. Yes indeed lots of us are peacefully silent but how to talk to hystericals? Sometimes silence is the best. Yes let's not avoid controversies - I agree but this needs a full self-control and no passion which is not given to all of us to be able to have a "rational and critical discussion"
Shalom Chen

At 4:13pm on March 7, 2009, Aaditya Shakya said…
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At 11:52pm on January 18, 2009, David Califa said…
I featured your discussion. let's see if anyone's interested
At 11:55pm on January 16, 2009, David Califa said…
why don't you start a discussion or blog about it. lay out your plans with a list of participants from both side as a start.
At 11:19pm on January 16, 2009, David Califa said…
i suggest hat we wait for the end of hostilities, then we can talk
At 7:57am on December 31, 2008, Christine Quelch said…
You made some very interesting comments on the Peace Warriors blog.
Thank you.
At 11:20pm on November 14, 2008, David Califa said…
מה נשמע?
At 12:43pm on October 11, 2008, Lana said…
Dear Chen
Thank you very much for clarification and for the distinctions you make. You have obviously thought about these issues a great deal.
Peace and Love

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