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Dalai Lama Calls for Non-Violence, Tries to Appease China


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Ben
- 3991 days ago - phayul.com
"The 20th century was the century of bloodshed. I say the 21st century should be one of dialogue," he told up to 25,000 supporters gathered at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate, many waving Tibetan flags



   

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Rajan Sujan (940)
Tuesday May 20, 2008, 4:04 am
True! The 20th Century was the century of harboring hatred, violence, and bloodshed. And may the 21st Century herald, or bring in a Dialogue for Peace, Non-Violence, Protection for Animals, Vegetarianism, our Trees, and our Environment.
 

Joycey B (750)
Tuesday May 20, 2008, 6:18 am
Thanks Ben.
 

Wolfweeps Pommawolf (251)
Wednesday May 21, 2008, 7:41 pm
* ...Any definition of a culture of peace must address the problem of achieving justice for communities and individuals who do not have the means to compete or cope without structured assistance and compassionate help.
-- Mahnaz Afkhami

We have the ability to achieve, if we master the necessary goodwill, a common global society blessed with a shared culture of peace that is nourished by the ethnic, national and local diversities that enrich our lives.-- Mahnaz Afkhami

* War is not inherent in human beings. We learn war and we learn peace. The culture of peace is something which is learned, just as violence is learned and war culture is learned.
-- Elise Boulding

Peace cultures thrive on and are nourished by visions of how things might be, in a world where sharing and caring are part of the accepted lifeways for everyone.
-- Elise Boulding

Sexual, racial, gender violence and other forms of discrimination and violence in a culture cannot be eliminated without changing culture.
-- Charlotte Bunch

* We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature. By every act that glorifies or even tolerates such moronic delight in killing we set back the progress of humanity.
--Rachel Carson
"You know, if people are not pacifists, it's not their fault. It's because society puts them in that spot. You've got to change it. You don't just change a man - you've got to change his environment as you do it."
-- Cesar Chavez
War is an invention of the human mind. The human mind can invent peace.
-- Norman Cousins
We live in a complex world and the motivation to use violence to solve problems needs to be seriously questioned. It is essential that we help our children perceive peaceful alternatives. We need to use these troubled times as an opportunity to create a new vision for the future.
-- Naomi Drew

* Our schoolbooks glorify war and conceal its horrors. They indoctrinate children with hatred. I would teach peace rather than war, love rather than hate."
-- Albert Einstein



"We must inoculate our children against militarism, by educating them in the spirit of pacifism... Our schoolbooks glorify war and conceal its horrors. They indoctrinate children with hatred. I would teach peace rather than war, love rather than hate."
-- Albert Einstein





I believe that a culture of peace must be the essential foundation of our efforts for peace.
-- Daisaku Ikeda

Let us join our efforts toward building the unshakable foundations for a culture of peace.
-- Daisaku Ikeda

* "Peace is a culture that we create by putting it in the curriculum for young people, through creating this next generation where young people get a chance to go across borders, across cultures, to learn more about each other's life, to create a global community, learn about opportunities for helping others. It's investing in peace and tolerance training, ending the gap between rich and poor."
-- Craig Kielburger


We have really got to create a culture in our world today where we recognize that every human life is sacred and precious and we have no right to take another human life.
-- Mairead Corrigan Maguire

A universal renunciation of violence requires the commitment of the whole of society. These are not matters of government but matters of State; not only matters for the authoirities, but for society in its entirety, including civilian, military, and religious bodies. The mobilization which is urgently needed to effect the transition within two or three years from a culture of war to a culture of peace demands co-operation from everyone. In order to change, the world needs everyone.
-- Federico Mayor


It is a good moment to repeat that a war is never won. Never mind that history books tell us the opposite. The psychological and material costs of war are so high that any triumph is a pyrrhic victory. Only peace can be won and winning peace means not only avoiding armed conflict but finding ways of eradicating the causes of individual and collective violence: injustice and oppression, ignorance and poverty, intolerance and discrimination. We must construct a new set of values and attitudes to replace the culture of war which, for centuries, has been influencing the course of civilization. Winning peace means the triumph of our pledge to establish, on a democratic basis, a new social framework of tolerance and generosity from which no one will feel excluded.
-- Federico Mayor


"We must have research for peace... It would embrace the outstanding problems of morality. The time has come for man's intellect, his scientific method, to win over the immoral brutality and irrationality of war and militarism … Now we are forced to eliminate from the world forever this vestige of prehistoric barbarism, this curse to the human race."
-- Linus Pauling


"I believe that love, kindness, compassion, tolerance, and peace can be implanted in the psyche of man only when fear, paranormal illusion and ignorance are removed. We can then shift our attention more to matters of peace, rather than to matters of war."
-- Peter Retzinger


If all we hear is violence, all we will know is violence — personally or globally. If we hear stories of people rising above hatred to build a better life, we can all find the courage to create peace.
-- Barbara Simmons
The improvement of life was only accomplished to the extent to which it was based on a change of consciousness, that is, to the extent to which the law of violence was replaced in men's consciousness by the law of love.
-- Leo Tolstoy


Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed
-- Constitution of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)

Wars are not acts of God. They are caused by man, by man-made institutions, by the way in which man has organized his society. What man has made, man can change.
-- Frederic Moore Vinson

Time itself becomes subordinate to war. If only we could celebrate peace as our various ancestors celebrated war; if only we could glorify peace as those before us, thirsting for adventure, glorified war; if only our sages and scholars together could resolve to infuse peace with the same energy and inspiration that others have put into war.

Why is war such an easy option? Why does peace remain such an elusive goal? We know statesmen skilled at waging war, but where are those dedicated enough to humanity to find a way to avoid war

Every nation has its prestigious military academies - or so few of them - that reach not only the virtues of peace but also the art of attaining it? I mean attaining and protecting it by means other than weapons, the tools of war. Why are we surprised whenever war recedes and yields to peace?
-- Elie Wiesel
It's crucial to understand that as a society, we can reorganize. We can reorganize socially, politically, and economically, and we can reorganize according to our values.
-- Rebecca Adamson




Viewed with one disposition, history has so far been a horrible accumulation of oppression and suffering. Viewed with another disposition, however, history has chronicled humans discovering their own finer potentials and together mounting heroic offensives to attain them - against monarchy, feudalism, slavery, Jim Crow racism, apartheid, sexual subjugation, second class citizenship, sexism, heterosexism, dictatorship, one party rule, capitalism, and coordinatorism (calling itself socialism) - and seeking, in their place, equity, justice, and freedom. The gains humans have made have been steady and plentiful. Now a major leap is possible. Consistent with past efforts, we can now attain fully liberatory goals, including, I think, participatory economics and also alternative structures for polity, culture, and kinship. We have only to make the effort.
-- Michael Albert

* Together we can create a better world!
-- Robert Alan

Every act of compassion makes a difference. Be a hero a better world!
-- Robert Alan

"I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world."
-- Muhammad Ali
* "If our hopes of building a better and safer world are to become more than wishful thinking, we will need the engagement of volunteers more than ever."
Kofi Annan



"No man should think himself a zero, and think he can do nothing about the state of the world."
-- Bernard Baruch

"The power of a movement lies in the fact that it can indeed change the habits of people. This change is not the result of force but of dedication, of moral persuasion. "
-- Stephen Biko






Democracy is the ultimate, positive revolution because it gives each and every individual the power to control their lives. And we can work together to create a just, sustainable world.
-- Bill Blackman

I believe that we are at the point now, in the United States, where a movement is beginning to emerge.
-- Grace Lee Boggs



I believe that we are at the point now, in the United States, where a movement is beginning to emerge. I think that the calamity, the quagmire of the Iraq war, the outsourcing of jobs, the drop-out of young people from the education system, the monstrous growth of the prison-industrial complex, the planetary emergency, which we are engulfed at the present moment, is demanding that instead of just complaining about these things, instead of just protesting about these things, we begin to look for, and hope for, another way of living. And I think that-- that's where the movement-- I-- I see a movement beginning to emerge, 'cause I see hope beginning to trump despair.
-- Grace Lee Boggs

"We are working to help people become better people; then this will become a better world."
-- Eva Burrows

Know what's weird? Day by day, nothing seems to change, but pretty soon...everything's different.
-- Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes

* Do what you can to show you care about other people, and you will make our world a better place.
-- Rosalynn Carter

There is clearly much left to be done, and whatever else we are going to do, we had better get on with it.
-- Rosalynn Carter


You must work - we must all work to make the world worthy of its children.
-- Pablo Casals


* To the wrongs that need resistance, To the right that needs assistance, To the future in the distance, Give yourselves.
-- Carrie Chapman Catt



* all of us should be invovled in our own futures to create a world that our children will want to live in.
-- Harry Chapin

I believe that success brings responsibility. It also does not bring immunity to the consequences of our quickening march towards oblivion. The bottom line is that all of us should be invovled in our own futures to create a world that our children will want to live in.
-- Harry Chapin

We all have the potential to move the world, and the world is ready to be moved.
-- Harry Chapin


"When we acknowledge that all of life is sacred and that each act is an act of choice and therefore sacred, then life is a sacred dance lived consciously each moment. When we live at this level, we participate in the creation of a better world."
-- Scout Cloud Lee

"You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end each of us must work for his or her own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful."
-- Marie Curie


* …So, take what's inside you and make big, bold choices. And for those who can't speak for themselves, use bold voices. And make friends and love well, bring art to this place. And make this world better for the whole human race.
-- Jamie Lee Curtis


"With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world."
-- Dalai Lama

* I believe that individuals can make a difference in society. Since periods of change such as the present one come so rarely in human history, it is up to each of us to make the best use of our time to help create a happier world.
-- The Dalai Lama



"You are the people who are shaping a better world. One of the secrets of inner peace is the practice of compassion."
-- Dalai Lama (1935 -)

* Older, younger, anyone can help. We've learned that our legislators listen, and people with passionate and thoughtful concerns make a difference every day. We've had constituents initiate legislation, lobby for it, organize meetings and events, and, of course, call, mail, e-mail and visit legislators to express their views. It's really great to see how much difference that individuals can make.
-- Doris Day
The best way to predict the future is to create it.
-- Peter F. Drucker

Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.
-- Peter F. Drucker

* “Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow, not some more convenient season. It is today that our best work can be done and not some future day or future year. It is today that we fit ourselves for the greater usefulness of tomorrow. Today is the seed time, now are the hours of work, and tomorrow comes the harvest and the playtime.”
-- W. E. B. DuBois




 
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