August 23, 2014
Launching a peace intervention sounds so utopian. Yet the events of last week made me dream of organizing a pool of a champaign-vodka-mint leave cocktail to calm the hardheads of the IS-jihadists. Or a marijuana smoke-filled chamber to appease the Russian warmongers. Or maybe a monastery retreat for the Ferguson, Mo officials, with mindfulness compassionate breathing time.
These imaginary approaches are clearly farfetched (or maybe not). The main problem in all this violence is also that we face an addiction pattern. And addiction requires treatment or, when the danger boundary has been crossed, an intervention.
But peace interventions sound so softy to many folks. Peace institutes worldwide are numerous but have limited impact because people ache for results or don’t feel comfortable with the political or intellectual agenda that some organizations promote. Whatever the objections are, given the pull to violence, we can’t wait any longer to initiate a counter force. We need to find a way to allow the non-violent mindset permeate both grassroots movements, and most of all religious leaders and political leadership positions.
I just wonder, what would Putin do after a 30 day monastic peace retreat? How would the IS-jihadists evolve after some spiritual/mental detox time with psychological therapy? Could Ferguson, Mo become a pilot project for racial justice and non-violent compassionate communication?
Join the prayers, the conversations (Peace and Justice through the Episcopal Church), and the non-violence campaigns nations wide (Peace and Goodness – Pace e Bene).