Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Open Forum

“Why don’t you find something else to do in your life?”
“Why you do this to yourself, doesn’t it make you frustrated?”

This is what my friend told me yesterday over coffee…She was talking about my work as a trainer on peacebuilding.

What peacebuilding is that, look around you…the last thing you want to be in this part of the world is a peace activist, she added.

Well, many times out of frustration I have said these things to myself, why I am doing this job? What for? Is my work effective? Is it reducing violence and hatred?

But when you are a peace activist, when you are in this
business of peacemaking the last thing you want to think of is surrendering to despair.

I want to know what is making other peace activists in this region not lose hope and keep up with the work.

I want other peace activists to send me their views, their stories, hints and tips. I want to show my suspicious friend the secret blend of peace activists for eternal hope for peace.

5 Comments:

Blogger Ben Heine said...

Dear Laury, thanks again for your touching testimony. I hope you'll continue your peace activism. It's nice to have added my url in your links page. Thank.
I'll certainly send you some cartoons from time to time relating to the Middle East issue.
Loads of kisses. B.

8:23 AM  
Blogger Laury Haytayan said...

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12:22 PM  
Blogger Laury Haytayan said...

Hi Ben, dont worry I will continue in peace activism, it is just that sometimes I hear things that make me feel helpless and I requestion all my choices in this field...please send me ur cartoons, I have told all my freinds and family abt ur cartoons and ur blog...it is a great one that is why I wanted to added on my blog
kisses

12:25 PM  
Blogger JT Davis said...

Hello Laury,

I prefer the term, Peace Activist to pacifist. I thought you might like some of these quotes on pacifism from the Wikipedia entry on the subject. Some are not positive, particularly from Orwell, whom I'm sure you are familiar with, and George Jackson (he was a member of the Black Panthers):

What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy? - Mahatma Gandhi

In all history there is no war which was not hatched by the governments, the governments alone, independent of the interests of the people, to whom war is always pernicious even when successful. - Leo Tolstoy

Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction... The chain reaction of evil — hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars — must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation. -Martin Luther King Jr.

Being a pacifist between wars is as easy as being a vegetarian between meals. - Ammon Hennacy

The concept of nonviolence is a false ideal. It presupposes the existence of compassion and a sense of justice on the part of one's adversary. When this adversary has everything to lose and nothing to gain by exercising justice and compassion, his reaction can only be negative. - George Jackson.

Since pacifists have more freedom of action in countries where traces of democracy survive, pacifism can act more effectively against democracy than for it. Objectively the pacifist is pro-Nazi.- George Orwell.

Being a pacifist to save your own life is normal, being a pacifist for the lives of others is true pacifism. - Jacob Borer

The Holy Prophet Mohammed came into this world and taught us - That man is a Muslim who never hurts anyone by word or deed, but who works for the benefit and happiness of God's creatures. Belief in God is to love one's fellow men. - Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan


I hesitate to call myself a pacifist or peace activist. I'm not as brave as you are. This is probably one of the bravest men I have ever heard of. Desmond Doss.

10:15 AM  
Blogger Laury Haytayan said...

Hi jt, thanks alot for ur input and I too prefer peace activist than pacifist...i can go as far as peace fighters...

1:39 PM  

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