Peace Needs Love
Written on 8/27/2007 11:07 am
“Peace—the word evokes the simplest and most cherished dream of humanity. Peace is, and has always been, the ultimate human aspiration. And yet our history overwhelmingly shows that while we speak incessantly of peace, our actions tell a very different story.”
Javier Pérez de Cuéllar is a Peruvian diplomat who served as the fifth Secretary-General of the United Nations. The words above are his. I agree with him. I truly… Continue
Added by Dr. Susan Corso on October 31, 2009 at 3:30pm —
posted by Susan Corso on 8/20/2007 12:32 pm
How to get to Peace Street
I had a rough night last night. It happens sometimes. What it meant was that I slept in this lovely summer Sunday morning. Part of the previous evening I’d spent reading the new Ode. The words of my title are the title of a lovely article about Sesame Street and teaching peace to Middle Eastern children (see Exchange article).
Then I thought, as I lay half in and half out of sleep, what… Continue
Added by Dr. Susan Corso on October 30, 2009 at 3:30pm —
written on 8/13/2007 12:42 pm
A Heretic for Peace
Heretic is one of my top ten favorite words. When I was in seminary, several of my professors called me a heretic to my face. In the 1990’s! I was asking questions outside the quite tiny box of their dogma and it enraged them, but that’s another story.
Heretic is a variation on a Greek word which means able to choose. Able to choose. A heretic is someone who knows that choosing is the principle activity… Continue
Added by Dr. Susan Corso on October 29, 2009 at 3:30pm —
written on 8/ 8/2007 5:11 pm
The Risks of Peace
Creating peace on this planet requires risk. Did you already know that? It surprises me that so many of us think we know what peace is. I’m not sure we do. I’ve been working with peace as a spiritual priority in my life for more than fifteen years, and I’m not sure I know what peace is.
On the other hand, I definitely know what a chocolate chip cookie is, and I also know how to create one. Peace isn’t… Continue
Added by Dr. Susan Corso on October 29, 2009 at 3:30pm —
written 7/30/2007 9:49 am
The Inner Work of Peace
Many years ago, my life reached something of a drastic crossroads. My then husband and I had a son who died the day he was born, and we had some life-changing choices to make. The paths that we’d thought were going to be ours, it turned out, weren’t to be ours at all. We decided, in those inexpensive gasoline days, to take a drive. We found the vista of the open sea at the beach near our home relaxing and insightful.… Continue
Added by Dr. Susan Corso on October 28, 2009 at 3:30pm —
written 7/23/2007 1:59 pm
One Step Toward Peace
I’m seeing it everywhere on the planet. All sorts of people are catching a bigger vision in all sorts of arenas. The most personal one I’ve had recently was about health insurance.
A friend left her job for better opportunities. Because her last post was in academia, her insurance lasts till the beginning of this school year. She’s spent a lot of this summer getting all her various physical details… Continue
Added by Dr. Susan Corso on October 27, 2009 at 3:30pm —
Written on 7/16/2007 10:33 am
This morning's news headlines brought word of a new video of Osama bin Laden that has been posted on the internet. I didn't seek it out nor did I watch it. I didn't need to. The press had done it for me.
What I did instead was conjure up an image of dear Osama--not exactly hard to do--and I prayed with him. He's the general of an armed militia and he and his men need prayer.
During that quiet time, Osama… Continue
Added by Dr. Susan Corso on October 26, 2009 at 3:30pm —
Universal Rights Diamond Jubilee
“21 Solutions to Save the World” in this month’s Foreign Policy intrigued me so much that I bought the issue. Twenty-one of the world’s thinkers were asked what ONE thing they would recommend to change our world for the better.
The first, Garry Kasparov, was a shadowy genius figure in my younger days. He was the world chess champion for twenty years. His suggestion is for a global Magna Carta. He says, “When democracies make nice with… Continue
Added by Dr. Susan Corso on October 25, 2009 at 3:30pm —
“They’re not saying the iPhone will . . . bring world peace, but that it will do everything else,” Roger Entner, of market-research firm IAG. Apple’s new cell phone debuts June 29. The quote above is from this week’s American edition of Newsweek.
I’ll need to apologize to the technowizards right away—this entry is not at all about the iPhone which did indeed debut this Friday. What intrigues me more is Mr. Entner’s pithy quote which, to my ear, pits “world peace” against “everything… Continue
Added by Dr. Susan Corso on October 24, 2009 at 3:00pm —
Wish I were...
"To think we can live without beauty is part of the craziness of our time." So writes J. Ruth Gendler in her luscious book, Notes on the Need for Beauty. When I read that sentence, I immediately paraphrased it in my mind, "To think we can live without peace is part of the craziness of our time."
The author of the worldwide bestseller, The Book of Qualities, Gendler's new book is a paean to Beauty. In it, she goes deep, deep into beauty, what it is,… Continue
Added by Dr. Susan Corso on October 23, 2009 at 3:00pm —
Peace: One Person at a Time
written on 9/23/2007 11:51 am
Is anybody else dismayed at the United States Senate and their voted censure of MoveOn.org’s ad about General David Petraeus and how the White House used him to foment a political (not military) strategy? Followed quickly by yet another fruitless vote to end the war in Iraq?
One of the things that has been burning me up over the pols and their antics is the all too frequent bandying-about of the phrase “the… Continue
Added by Dr. Susan Corso on October 22, 2009 at 4:05pm —
I may as well cop to my not-so-hidden agenda. I am here on earth to help create peace. I've been working with personal peace for a long time. Peace is my mission, my passion, my fun. I have files of peace quotes. I've written a theatre piece about the women who've won the Nobel Peace Prize. I'd love to make a big enough difference for peace on this planet that I could win it! So you can imagine my delight, I'm sure, when the Global Peace Index (a… Continue
Added by Dr. Susan Corso on October 22, 2009 at 3:14pm —
4 The Love of 3
Please come join and support my daughter. She and her 2 children have become victims of domestic violence and need all of our support and prayers. We have started this network to possibly not only help her but others in similar situations. Also to network together to find ways to get her out. She is being held against her will and is very afraid.… Continue
Added by Sage Rain ( Jackie Fritts) on October 20, 2009 at 11:20pm —
Are you right or peaceful?
written by Dr. Susan Corso on 1/14/2008 11:16 am
Conscious creating has reached the mainstream. Use those two words in any group and it’s likely that there will be at the least recognition. I’ve been working with conscious creating for more than half my life. In that time, I’ve arrived at the same bottomline over and over again.
The subconscious mind.
Sure, I can choose consciously, visualize, do affirmations, pray, meditate,… Continue
Added by Dr. Susan Corso on October 18, 2009 at 5:00pm —
Peace is an effect, not a cause. It will come as a result of sharing and cooperative understanding, attitudes which need further development within humanity. At present, peace doesn’t exist in any field of human endeavor. There is strife and conflict in the financial world, between nations, among religions and in politics everywhere. Adjustments need to be made! And these adjustments or changes, as is evident everywhere we look, will be painful and difficult. Peace will come as a result of the… Continue
Added by Don on October 18, 2009 at 1:09pm —
The World March for Peace and Nonviolence is now on Day 15 and going strong. It's truly amazing how many people in so many ways are expressing themselves and how extraordinary is the work that the marchers are carrying out.
I wanted to pass along this information so you might be able to follow more closely what's going on.
On the home page of the international World March site
is the "video of the day" which today… Continue
Added by David Andersson on October 18, 2009 at 6:30am —
Added by Patrick Dacre inbusiness4good@y on October 16, 2009 at 4:28am —
"the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today -- my own government."
"I agree with Dante, that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period of moral crisis maintain their neutrality"
"Don’t let anyone make you think that God chose America as his divine messianic force, to be a sort of policeman of the whole world."
["We must establish and maintain space superiority."
-General Lance W. Lord, head of Space Command
Added by Jacob Griesmer on October 14, 2009 at 6:42pm —
What is the Youth Promise Act?
I just listened to Lynn McMullen's video on the Youth Promise Act and I will definitely contact Senator Kerry to encourage passage.
Added by Beverly Lemon on October 4, 2009 at 5:00pm —
Hot off the presses is the following article from the Vancouver Sun
about how the Canadian lawmakers are pursuing the idea of creating a Department of Peace. Way to go, Canada! Now, what can the rest of us do to help make this happen? We can start by sending MP Bill Siksay a big "THANK YOU!" at Siksay.B@parl.gc.ca or visit his… Continue
Added by Ted Nunn on October 2, 2009 at 3:30pm —