Yesterday a retired teacher told me how he loved teaching history – especially lessons on the civil war and Gettysburg Battles. Now that he’s retired, Jake shared he enjoyed reenacting history scenes in popular historic parks – where people enjoy revisiting the triumphs of war.
My immediate thought was, “Why have we taught war, but omitted the wonders of robust peace plans?”
Today I wear Hendrik’s medallion for all those who lost loved ones at a Batman movie. I also wear it for all of us who crave robust peace for our grandbabies, in exchange for violent tendencies currently supported all around us.
What if we changed the brain’s wiring so that it no longer defaults back to war and violence. It means change in a dozen areas identified and challenges for change in this post.
To fight terrorism is to engage in winning wars. Myth or reality? If you believe that violence leads to freedom you tend to focus on wars. You share stories of courage at war, and compare battle strategies. You hail war heroes, promote war ammunitions, motivate warrior careers. You go after hostility funds, and listen to [...]
What small ground is gained running from racism – is often lost again daily because of the way human brains hardwire for prejudice. In spite of racism cures, as pointed out by reporters such as Lance Morrow at Time Magazine, racism tends to creeps in constantly. Have you experienced its subtle and not so subtle barbs? Have you seen it? Certainly the media makes its case.
When people consider civil discourse, usually brain chemicals are far from their minds. While words communicated with civility, can go only as far as any brain allows, skilled communicators create peace out of chaos. The opposite is also true, and rarely is silence an option for harmony. Any situation in which some people prevent others [...]
Today President Obama won the Nobel Peace prize for worldwide efforts to communicate peace rather than launch wars against people who differ or disagree. When conflict strikes war and peace vie for solutions. Politicians rarely tame their amygdalas and so it’s no surprise that they frequently choose war to resolve differences. It takes brain powered [...]
Each day offers a distinct choice to act humbly for peace, to or react by arrogant attempts to seize power in your race to the top. But what’s this humility David Rubenstein proposes for leaders? Without doubt, humility that is hardwired into minds, is the stuff that builds and sustains a brain powered community. It’s [...]
When Gandhi taught, In a gentle way you can shake the world, he highlighted tone missing today in communications across cultures. Do your tone skills show gentle as a strength to shake a world? Scholar Kent Nerbum’s words, “Remember to be gentle with yourself and others,” highlight intelligences that cultivate tools to live calmly under [...]
Have you experienced mental power that bubbles over in circles where no brain is left behind? Interactive sessions where creativity trumps criticism, and diversity’s the handmaiden of dignity and innovative virtue? The jury is still out on why some people are smarter. Most agree though, that brilliant solutions tend to flow from pools just outside [...]
Have you ever wondered why some people appear more attracted to nature than others? Or did you know that your brain comes with its own unique naturalistic intelligence? Nature teaches people how to live life to the fullest, by providing lessons from an outside environment, to extend mental growth. You may relate patterns that show [...]
What tactics would you engage to solve conflicts, if war or violence was no longer an option? Perhaps a better way of asking is, “What marks of a peace plan could trump your next battle plan?” Consider those who act on deep seated beliefs, such as generosity, service and social justice, when pushed into tough [...]
Have you ever observed a skilled facilitator use tone tools to turn around a tough situation? Tone skills open mental gateways both to speak ethically and to feel heard. They also communicate respect across differences, and find winning solutions within opposing views. What’s your tone IQ? People who engage others, through tone practices that support [...]
Susan Boyle shut down because of bullies in her youth. New York Times tells us bullies and cynics are on the rise. Any stomped out innovation because of cynics or bullies where you work? Sometimes we tend to take cynicism, rage and intimidation of bullies in stride. Other times, we call on ethical practices to [...]