A World Without Violence

ozthegreatandpowerful“What makes a king out of a slave? Courage! What makes the flag on the mast to wave? Courage!”
Cowardly Lion, Wizard of Oz

Last night, I watched the movie “Oz the Great and Powerful“.  Loved it!  There were the usual power struggles, the good and bad witches, plus the typical good and bad guys.  In typical bad guy form, the enemy delivered deadly blows and mass destruction.  However, there was something different about this particular power struggle that was quite refreshing!

In that magical kingdom of Oz, the common people are forbidden to kill.  What a unique concept!  For the good guys of Oz, violence is out of the question.  Peace is the law.  The community is forced to confront a powerfully evil army without any weapons.  They can only rely upon their resourcefulness, ingenuity and courage.

Non-violence is something ahead of our time.  Perhaps we should try it.

Wikipedia defines World Peace as “an ideal of freedom, peace, and happiness among and within all nations and/or people. World peace is an idea of planetary non-violence by which nations willingly cooperate, either voluntarily or by virtue of a system of governance that prevents warfare. The term is sometimes used to refer to a cessation of all hostility among all individuals.  For example, World Peace could be crossing boundaries via human rights, animal rights, technology, education, engineering, medicine, diplomacy and/or an end to all forms of fighting.

Since 1945 the United Nations and the 5 permanent members of the Security Council (the US, Russia, China, France, and the UK) have worked to resolve conflicts without declarations of war.”

Sadly, the United States and other nations continue to enter into military conflict.  Even without a declaration of war, the use of military force consistently prevents a world filled with peace.

Since we can’t rely on politicians, governments and ‘bad guys’ to create peace, we must rely upon ourselves.

Peace is possible.  It start in our hearts and minds and can be taught so that it spreads to our schools and communities.  Adults and children can be taught alternatives to violence, anger management and violence counseling.  Calming techniques and compassion can become part of the school curriculum.  Offenders can be treated with healing modalities such as hypnosis and meditation to permanently change their behaviour.

Carl Lyle Jenkins, an Artist, Award Winning Journalist and Broadcast News Director suggested that we simply need to eject the politics of war from our hearts and minds, from our communities, the media, and the body politic.  We must replace the politics of destruction with the politics of peace.

In my opinion, peace will take enormous courage.    However, it’s simple.
As Wayne Dyer said, “If you want peace, be peaceful!”