The Road to Global Peace

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Article Title: The Road to Global Peace

Shared by: Craig Lock

Category/Key words: Peace, Peace-making, Possibilities for Peace, Leadership, Inspiration, Empowerment, Upliftment, Spiritual, Spiritual Thoughts.

Web Sites: The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock
http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4http://www.creativekiwis.com/index.php/books and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –
MINE!

The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are

http://www.peacepursuit.wordpress..com

http://www.breakdownwalls.wordpress.com

http://www.buildbridgesofunderstanding.wordpress.com

http://www.buildbridgesofunity.wordpress.com

http://www.sharefaith.wordpress.com

and his various other blogs are at http://www.craigsblogs.wordpress.com and http://www.craiglock.wordpress.com

Obsessive or WHAT*!

Other Articles are available at: http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/user/15565 and http://www.ideamarketers.com/library/profile.cfm?writerid=981 (Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig)

Publishing Guidelines: All my articles (and quotations) may be freely published. If they make a difference in people’s lives by encouraging or bringing some joy, then we’re very happy.

* THE ROAD TO GLOBAL PEACE

I wrote these thoughts down (impulsively… as usual) some years ago immediately after the assassination of Pakistani leader Benadir Bhutto in December 2007 (forgotten her already?)…

In the light of the current state of the world here are a few personal thoughts that may be of interest, based on the “rather miraculous” transformation of South Africa. From one time “pariah” apartheid state wracked by violence and conflict… to a relatively peaceful country governed according to the “will of the people”, a new power-house and leader on the African continent.

“As their neigbour of Zimbabwe slides miserably down an apparently bottomless slope of corruption, violence and economic collapse, the moral shadow of Nelson Mandela looms over the failings of leadership across the continent.

Which leads to a powerful message to other places of seemingly intractable divisions and conflict” * …

Things change for the better from pressure (mainly internal – based upon basic common human needs), but also external pressure and co-ercion from other countries. Though economic sanctions on their own have never proved to be particularly effective and always hurt the ordinary people hardest and not those in power. Other countries should look at the big picture and just do what is RIGHT for the ordinary citizens of war-torn countries and other “rogue states” and not take actions out of vested interests. So wouldn’t the world be a better place and the myriad of seemingly insurmountable problems, like Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea, Zimbabwe, Myanmar and countless other countries around the globe be solved.

Once ordinary people see the benefits of security, stability and consequently economic growth, they will feel better about their individual lives and will no longer tolerate living in the darkness of fear and opression. When the masses of ordinary people express their needs, their wishes, their aspirations, no matter how long that may take.

As with the opening up to China, the process starts with the seed of initially helping to create conditions to open the lines of communication through talking (even amongst enemies).

I believe the solution to all conflicts and wars throughout the globe is a lasting and comprehensive plan agreed to by all parties. Dreamer! Initially there has to be an understanding among all parties willing to negotiate that a regional approach to peace is required (which spreads outwards, like rings after a stone is dropped in a pond)…and peace benefits all citizens through a “win-win” situation. (Even the military and ‘securo-crats’, though they might not know it!). There needs to be vision and planning for a long-term solution, so politicians think ahead. Most major world problems come about due to neglect and the lack of will, resolve and mental effort needed to tackle them by world leaders. And military solutions are always the LAST option for an enduring peace, once all other avenues have been exhausted).

Communication, negotiation and ultimately the prospect of possible reconciliation offers hope and benefits to conflicting interests, as well as prospects for a peaceful, secure and vibrant future. In the short term world leaders must concentrate on education, reconstruction, unofficial dialogue (as with some representatives of the apartheid South African government and African National Congress leaders in Lusaka and Dakar in the late eighties, setting the pre-conditions for dialogue) and diplomacy. The road to peace always begin with dialogue (that is conversation), which leads to better understanding of opposing viewpoints. As South African writer, Michael Cassidy in ‘A Witness For Ever’ once wrote: ” It’s a matter of creating conditions in society which provide the basic framework for a harmonious and fruitful human community. ” Albert Einstein once said that , “the problems of the world can never be solved at the same level of thinking that created them”. We can in our own ways raise our levels of thinking, our individual “consciousnesses” (and consciences). * “In South Africa repression and resistance cycled and spiralled. But there was no possible military victory against the people, no matter how powerful South Africa’s military machine. In the end, only a negotiated settlement could end the violence – and that required moral leadership, from all sides. Israel, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, the United States and many others will one day get the point; alas for those doomed to suffer till then.”

– Andrew Ladley (director of Victoria University’s Institute of Policy Studies reviewing ‘Mandela: A critical Life’ by Tom Lodge and ‘Mandela: The Authorised Portrait’ writing his excellent review of the fore-mentioned books in the Dominion Post, Indulgence, Wellington, New Zealand of Sat Nov 4 2006.

The path to peace is never through war… and peace can one day arise from the ashes of war. And each ONE of us can be part of the solution to these seemingly insurmountable global problems, if we so chose: by doing our “own little bits”, what we can do in our individual spheres of influence. Enough ripples can someday make a giant wave. As in the “beloved country” of South Africa, global peace is one day possible… but only if as many of us work towards it and encourage others to do the same with all of our hearts and beings… a time that may herald a new dawn for the world.

As Norman Vincent Peale (the US preacher and author of the classic ‘The Power of Positive Thinking) said so eloquently: “I’d rather attempt something great and fail rather than than attempt nothing and succeed.”

No matter where we may live in the world, let us ALL succeed in doing all what we can do … towards a better and more peaceful world.

Craig Lock (“just an ordinary person trying to write tirelessly for a more peaceful world”)

“I am one. I cannot do everything…but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. What I can do, I should do. And what I should do, by the grace of God, I will do.”

– Edward Everett Hale

Former Archbishop Desmond Tutu once said: “We have come to a time in the history of the world, where we need to rediscover the path to peace, and the path to peace can never be war. This pathway is lined with the concept of co-existence and co-inhabitance of the world.”

“A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends and when the soul of a nation, long supressed, finds utterance.”
– Jahrulal Nehru, first Prime Minister of India

About the Submitter:

In his various writings, Craig strives in some small way to break down social, cultural, religious and economic barriers through “planting (and watering) ideas as ‘seeds of hope'”. Craig believes that whilst we should celebrate our differences, what we share is way more important than what divides us.

“Whilst we can (and should) celebrate our differences (unique), let not our varying beliefs divide us, but let the Spirit of our shared humanity be what defines and unites us all as common citizens of our planet.”

from http://www.craigsquotes.wordpress.com

Craig is presently working on his latest novel ‘The Awakened Spirit’, based on some true and inspiring stories of the indomitable human spirit, that lies within each one of us, told against the backdrop of a troubled and exciting continent.

The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” (including ‘The Awakened Spirit’) are available at The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock
http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4http://www.creativekiwis.com/index.php/books and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

* Hard copies and e-books – fiction and non-fiction: novels, self help, personal growth, inspiration, travel, humour and money books All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children – mine!

All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –
MINE!

The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are

http://www.peacepursuit.wordpress..com

http://www.breakdownwalls.wordpress.com

http://www.buildbridgesofunderstanding.wordpress.com

http://www.buildbridgesofunity.wordpress.com

http://www.sharefaith.wordpress.com

and his various other blogs are at http://www.craigsblogs.wordpress.com and http://www.craiglock.wordpress.com

Obsessive or WHAT*!

“Together, one mind, one soul at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, empower, encourage and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials. Change YOUR world and you help change THE world… for the better”

PS: I am reminded of something Mahatma Gandhi’s said not long before he was assassinated: “When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible; but in the end, they always fall. Think of it, ALWAYS.”

“When the world is filled with love, people’s hearts are overflowing with hope.” – craig

“There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite mystery and even the occasional miracle in the magical journey of life.”

“Together, one mind, one soul at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, empower, encourage and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials. Change YOUR world and you help change THE world… for the better”

THESE THOUGHTS MAY BE FREELY PUBLISHED, electronically or in print

PPS

“Wars are poor chisels for carving out a peaceful tomorrow.”
– Martin Luther King, Jnr

“Peace is the greatest weapon for development, that any people can have.”

– Nelson Mandela

from http://www.mandelamadiba.wordpress.com

Blessed are the peace-makers… because they’ll inherit plenty of Frequent Flyer Points

“Together, one mind, one heart, one life, one small step at a time, let’s link hands and march into a new tomorrow, a better and brighter future. TOGETHER we can do it”

– c

TOGETHER, one mind, one heart, one soul, one small step at a time, we can make some difference towards a better world, a brighter tomorrow

“SHARE, ENCOURAGE, SUPPORT, ENRICH (lives) and SPREAD, HOPE, LOVE and LIGHT”

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6 Responses to “The Road to Global Peace”

  1. craiglock Says:

    Hi

    CAN’T KEEP UP…BUT THANKS FOR THE “THANX”
    MANY MORE COMMENTS OVERNIGHT and many hundreds of thousands already on my various other blogs athttp://craigsblogs.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/craigs-blogs-and-writings/…true!) …obsessive or WHAT! *So hope it’s not slowing down your loading speed!). Am really pleased you are enjoying my writings, as the reason I write is to share.
    So sorry can’t reply individually to all you good people scattered around the planet, but DO try to read as many as possible daily (and even moderate a few when I get a “mo”),

    * “Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

    ~ Franz Kafka

    I do really appreciate your liking, linking to and/or following this blog (and “writing in”), so “thanks for the thanx”

    “As we live and move and have our being, so from this vision, we create heaven in our own lives… and perhaps even heaven on earth.”
    – craig (as inspired by Acts 17:28 and the words of Felicia Searcy)

    “Aim at the earth and you may not get off the ground.
    “Aim at the stars and you may reach the moon.”
    “Aim at heaven and you’ll have earth thrown in…
    and you may even hit the stars.”
    – craig (as inspired by the famous quote by CS Lewis – 24th May 2012)

    “When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
    – Leonardo da Vinci

    “If a man is called to be a street-sweeper,
    he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
    or Beethoven composed music, or
    Shakespeare wrote poetry.
    He should sweep streets so well
    that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say,
    here lived a great street sweeper
    who did his job well.”
    – Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

    PPS
    Instead of trying to reply to each one of you, I’ll just keep on writing

    “If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.”
    The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock
    http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 andhttp://goo.gl/vTpjk

    All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –
    MINE!

    ”Since I can never see your face,
    And never shake you by the hand,
    I send my soul through time and space
    To greet you. You will understand.”

    – James Elroy Flecker (1884-1915)

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  2. craiglock Says:

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