We need more Gandhi Institutes for Nonviolence, but I’m especially grateful for the one we have here in Rochester. The next step? Let’s bring interactive peacemaking curriculum into more secondary schools! Let’s teach peace literacy at least as much as we teach war strategies. The actions we do daily can… Read more »
Are you aware that all normal brains come with chemical and electrical equipment to help you choose civil discourse? Or did you know that your brain can default into cynical choices that bully, berate or intimidate? Simply stated, without deliberate choices for civility, a danger exists for lack of civility… Read more »
On Veterans Day and other holidays – we celebrate heroes who promote peace. We honor every precious person who laid down lives so that wellbeing stands a chance. Hopefully, we also ask, “What if robust peace plans work better than war to foster wellbeing in any conflict?” The brain builds… Read more »
Have you seen our financial crisis through a different lens? Or do you dare to dream when others damn a thing? Can you see another side? Do you look at war or peace from many angles? I ran into a government run outfit that sells guns and ammunition to US… Read more »
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… Read more »
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.
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… Read more »
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… Read more »
Imagine a climate of peace, with humility that inspires, and people who recognize talents, and you’ve just begun to awaken intrapersonal intelligence. Build healthy relationships that shape character, and your brain cultivates new neuron pathways toward spirit and highest values such as caring in your character and in others. Or… Read more »
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… Read more »
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… Read more »
Have you every compared the differences between brains honed to disagree well, and those who generate cynicism when they differ. Contrast the difference between an olive branch offered to enemies, and a weapon poised for war? Cynicis criticized President Obama’s reach of peace to Chavez, while peacemakers saw an olive… Read more »
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… Read more »
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… Read more »
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,… Read more »