Sure, we want Peace for all humankind, but let's face it, what we want is Peace for our family and ourselves. We want to wake up in the morning and not have to worry or be fearful. From what do we want not to worry or be afraid, you say? The least of it could be something as minor as not feeling well or going to a tedious job. The worst is unimaginable death. The Peace League theorizes that as personal Peace improves, it improves the prospects of Peace for all humankind. During his 1964 Nobel Peace Prize Speech, Dr. Martin Luther King said, "It's not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love Peace and sacrifice for it."
Simply put, the Principles of Peace are about sacrifice. Each lends itself to a 'giving' construct on how we build the future. The architect's drawings for tomorrow must include these Principles of Peace if we are to survive.
Google defines a principle as "a fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behavior or a chain of reasoning."
The Peace League represents unspoiled Truth and righteous Justice. We stand on a foundation of beliefs. The Peace League believes in the guiding proposition of "one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." We think it is wrong to use psychological twists and manipulations of Truth to advantage over another. Using one's position of authority as an act of self-aggrandizement perpetuates conflict, which deters Peace.
The Peace League is nonsectarian and favors no political party. We believe in the Constitution of the United States and The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We promote ethical leadership and support for a world that is one of Peace forged in unspoiled Truth and guarded by righteous Justice.
The measure of our ability to attain Peace and manage conflict successfully compares to the amount of positivity we have in our lives¹. Common sense tells us to reduce conflict, and the world will be a much better place to live. We believe all people are capable of successful conflict management. The outcome of one's effort to manage conflict is a conscious choice driven by eliminating stressors that create anxiety and fear.
Objective and authentic human interaction between individuals or conflicting groups are required if efforts to resolve conflict are to achieve success. Disingenuous, exploitive, vindictive, or revenge-seeking participants minimize hopes of achieving favorable outcomes.
We hold the emblematic Peace banner firmly and wave it high with enthusiasm. We stand with unspoiled Truth and righteous Justice by our side. The encircled arena has pillars that represent the Principles of Peace.
Facing the rising sun is RESPECT, the due regard for the feelings, wishes, rights, or traditions of others².
Facing the setting sun is WISDOM, the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment.
GRACE, the free and unmerited favor of God, and HUMILITY, a modest view of one's importance, these principles lie on either side and embrace wisdom and respect.
TRUST, a firm belief in the reliability, Truth, ability, or strength of someone or something, and LEADERSHIP, the action of leading a group of people or an organization, embrace wisdom.
SERVICE, the action of helping or doing work for someone, and RECONCILIATION, the restoration of friendly relations, embrace respect.
Consistently applying the principles of Peace to resolve conflict will make real the hopes and dreams of future generations.
¹Frederickson, Barbara. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hFzxfQpLjM>. June 21, 2011.
²Definitions, Google Dictionary.