Harmony

Harmony has a range of meanings. The one I want to focus on is the quality of forming a pleasing and consistent whole.

Harmony in that sense has a meaning of working together for the benefit of all.

Each of us, I suspect, given the opportunity, would choose harmony over conflict.

I suspect we only choose conflict when we, as individuals or nations, act from self-interest in a competitive world.

When we act from the perspective of the common good, we are more likely to choose harmony.

Sheet music

In the world of sound, it’s harmony that creates music and conflict that generates noise.

In the world of relationships, it’s harmony that gives pleasure and conflict that delivers pain.

In the world of business, it’s harmony that creates prosperity and conflict that generates exploitation.

In the world of international affairs, it’s harmony that gives peace and conflict that delivers war.

Lovers

I want to live in harmony with my lover.

I want to live in harmony with my family.

I want to live in harmony with my friends.

I want to live in harmony with my neighbours.

I want to live in harmony with the people that make up my nation.

I want to live in harmony with all people on earth.

Is that too much to ask?

These words are already in the language

Social Integration

A process allowing members of a society to achieve and maintain peaceful social relations through dialogue. Social Integration is focused on the need to move toward a safe, stable and just society by forming and mending conditions of social disintegration – social fragmentation, exclusion and polarization; and by expanding and strengthening conditions of social integration – towards peaceful social relations of coexistence, collaboration and cohesion.

Sharing

The joint use of a resource or space. The process of dividing and distributing.

Cooperation

The process of groups working or acting together for their common/mutual benefit, as opposed to working in competition for selfish benefit.

Peace

A period of harmony between different social groups that is characterized by lack of violence or conflict behaviors, and the freedom from fear of violence.

Lovers

Be great if the ideals expressed in these words could be translated into pragmatic actions on the ground in Israel and Palestine, and a few other places in the so called Middle East.

It’s fairly obvious that the people with the power do not want peace in the Middle East – they want domination – at any cost. How many more lives need to be sacrificed before they wake up?

Enough already!

Time for peace in the Middle East

Peace is extended, not imposed.

You cannot extend peace with guns, rockets, tanks or any other means of violence.

You use violence (war) to impose defeat – not peace.

To extend peace requires an open heart, not a closed fist.

What is it about the obvious that the men with guns in the Middle East don’t get?

The conflict in the Middle East has been going on since the 1920s, with increasing levels of violence or warfare from 1948 onwards.

What’s going on there is definitely not about peace. It’s about the other p word: power.

It’s action driven by ideology not compassion or understanding.

Why else would Hamas provoke an Israeli bombardment on Gaza by firing thousands of rockets into Israel?

How many Palestinians have to lose their lives this time? For what?

Hamas has no prospect of winning a military conflict with Israel.

And, let’s not get the idea that Israel is blameless here either.

Gaza is the largest prison on earth.

There’s a wall between Israel and the West Bank.

You’d think that a people who had experienced persecution and holocaust would be less inclined to inflict those experiences on their neighbours.

If you think that’s a bit strong – what’s the difference between being gassed to death in a concentration camp and being bombed to death in your home in Gaza? The victims were locked in the concentration camp and they’re locked in Gaza.

No need to argue over the legalities of it being a war crime. War is a crime against humanity, every time.

Enough!

Time to silence the guns.

Time to step back from the ideology.

Time for Hamas to recognise Israel exists and is not going away.

Time for Israel to drop all the rhetoric about Hamas being a terrorist organisation.

Time to stop blaming each other.

Time to stop denying the present reality.

Time for all sides to start talking honestly.

Time for Hamas to tell their backers they want humanitarian aid and a functioning economy – not guns and rockets.

Time for Israel to tear down the fences and open the borders.

Time for integration not division.

Time for Palestinians and Israeli to embrace each other as brothers and sisters and not enemies.

Time for ordinary citizens to speak up and demand that their leaders listen to them – instead of killing them.

Time for a solution.

Time for peace to break out in the Middle East.

Dove

Thanks for dropping by, Peter.