When we talk about peace, it is easy to wax poetic about creating a peaceful planet where we all live together in harmony. We can talk endlessly about the ideals. We can talk endlessly about Buddha and Christ, Mohammed and Maimonedes and their visions for a peaceful future. We can talk all we want about how we want peace.
Peace isn't theoretical. Peace isn't a roundtable topic. It's a choice. It's a way of life.
There are times when it is appropriate to point the fingers where they belong and identify it with clarity. I'm a believer in the old axiom "sunshine is the best disinfectant."
So, let's lay it out:
When business interests, corporate profit and money matters more than human beings, we will have war.
When it is more important that you get to choose red shoes over blue shoes while others in the world starve, we will have war.
When it is more important that you can choose those shoes than the exploitation of labor in third world countries, we will have war.
When belief in national superiority becomes more important than our common humanity, we will have war.
When geopolitical advantage is more important than feeding the children, we will have war.
When individual market freedom means more than community, we will have war.
When men matter more than women, we will have war.
When you believe that you can be free when others are not, we will have war.
When poverty is viewed as a character issue rather than a social failure, we will have war.
When I believe I matter more than you, I will wage war.
When you believe you are more important than me, you will wage war.
Be the peace you want to see in the world.
That is the only answer.