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Interesting quotes:

On topics about Peace and Pluralism

Peace:

bulletAnon: "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace." Spotted on a bumper sticker in Syracuse NY.

bulletItah Banda, age 8: "Let's peace together our world."

bullet Mony Dojeiji: "The peace we seek in the world cannot appear until its flame is first lit in our hearts. It is a divine force that whispers gently but insistently, coaxing us ever deeper into the dark recesses of our souls, shedding its healing light and liberating us from our fears. It is a wondrous journey of personal liberation that, for me, continues to this day." Mony Dojeiji & Alberto Agraso González.

bulletAmelia Earhart: "Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace."

bulletUrsula Franklin: "Peace is not the absence of war. It is the presence of justice and the absence of fear.

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Mahatma Gandhi:

  • "The pursuit of truth does not permit violence being inflicted on one's opponent."

  • "Be the peace you wish for the world."

bulletJagad Guru: "Hatred and conflict are often rooted in differences between people of different races and religions. We all need to respect people of different races as well as people of different faiths and religions. We need to unite by recognizing our common desire and need for a harmonious society -- a society in which we and our children and families and friends and communities can all live our lives in peace and harmony. Regardless of our race or religion, we all want and need such social harmony."

"Without respect for people of different races or ethnicities or religions, how can we have a peaceful and harmonious society or world? And without a harmonious society, how can there be the necessary economic development and atmosphere conducive to spiritual happiness and self-realization?" 1

bulletThich Nhat Hanh: Buddhist monk and peace activist: "How do you want to create peace, if there is no peace inside yourselves?"

bulletMartin Luther King, Jr.: "We must learn to live together as brothers, or we are going to perish together as fools."

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bullet Kolki: "When religions coexist, leaders communicate, media respect neutrality, laws not blinded by immunity, and citizens' needs take precedence over profitability - peace becomes reality, world lives in harmony." 2

bullet Hans Küng: "There will be peace on earth when there is peace among the world religions."

bullet John Lennon:
bullet "Imagine there's no countries. It isn't hard to do. Nothing to kill or die for, no religion too. Imagine all the people living life in peace. ..." (From his song "Imagine.") 3

bullet "Make love not war, that's all we're saying, just remember that."

bullet "Happiness is a good vibe for peace."

bullet "Peace, peace, peace, peace, peace, peace, peace, peace, peace, peace, peace."

bullet "Peace in your mind, peace on earth, peace at work, peace at home, peace in the world."

bullet Golda Meir: "There will be peace in the Middle East only when the Arabs love their children more than they hate Israel." (It would seem that the reverse is also a precondition to peace.)

bullet Eve Merriam: "I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask 'Mother, what was war'?"

bullet Randy Mixter: From his novel "Sarah of the Moon" Page 173: "If you want to end the war, if you want peace on earth, then, by all means, shout it out. Spread the word of peace, but do it in a way that honors those who fight for it."

bullet Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia, addressing the World Evangelical Fellowship on 2001-MAY-04. "Once started, religious strife has a tendency to go on and on, to become permanent feuds. Today we see such intractable inter-religious wars in Northern Ireland, between Jews and Muslims and Christians in Palestine, Hindus and Muslims in South Asia and in many other places. Attempts to bring about peace have failed again and again. Always the extremist elements invoking past injustices, imagined or real, will succeed in torpedoing the peace efforts and bringing about another bout of hostility." 4

bullet Peter Retzinger: "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." See his essay on this web site.

bullet Fr. Oscar Romero: "Peace is not the product of terror or fear. Peace is not the silence of cemeteries. Peace is not the silent result of violent repression. Peace is dynamism. peace is generosity. It is a right and it is a duty."

bullet Mitra Sen, Canadian teacher, filmmaker, and creator of the Peace Tree: "Let us embrace the beauty of every culture and faith to create peace in our world."

bullet Joan Walsh, poet: "Peace is the harvest of love as war is the fruit of hate."

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Pluralism:

The term "pluralism" is ambiguous. It is sometimes used as a synonym for religious diversity. Other times, it refers to the belief that truth exists equally in all faith traditions.
 
bullet Anon: "if the car keys are lost, it is better if all members of the family look for them in different places. Religion is a similar situation. Everyone doesn't need to look for God in one place."

bulletG.K. Chesterton: "These are the days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed except his own."

bulletRamakrishna, a Hindu mystic: "God has made different religions to suit different aspirations, times and countries...one can reach God if one follows any of the paths with wholehearted devotion."

bulletChief Tecumseh of the Six Tribe Confederation: "Trouble no one about their religion, respect all in their views, and demand that they respect yours."

bulletRabbi Eric Yoffie, head of Reform Judaism's Union of American Hebrew Congregations: "Our view is that there is truth and holiness in other religious faiths. Our view is that there are many paths to God."  He was commenting on a statement by Jim Sibley, head of the Southern Baptists' Mission to the Jews, who said that trust in Jesus is the only way to attain heaven that Jews can have atonement for sin only by this path. 5,6

bulletAncient Japanese saying: "There are many paths up the Mountain, but the view of the moon from the top is the same."

References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. Jagad Guru,"Ancient wisdom," at:  http://www.jagadguruchrisbutler.org/
  2. From "Saying of Kolki," at: http://www.kolki.com/
  3. On 2005-DEC-08, memorials and remembrances were held world-wide to commemorate the assassination of John Lennon, the former Beatle.  In his hometown of Liverpool, UK, an official memorial service was held at Our Lady and St. Nicholas, the city's Anglican church. Unfortunately, the church refused to allow one of Lennon's best known anthems to peace to be sung -- even though its message is more important and critical today that it was when he was alive. (Consider the religiously-motivated disturbances, mass murders and genocides since 1980 in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Cyprus, Nigeria, Sudan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, India, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Myranmar, etc.) The church did reach an accommodation with the memorial organizers. They allowed the music but not the words to be performed. I wonder if the congregation resisted breaking into unauthorized song as the music was played.
  4. Mark Juergensmeyer, "Terror in the mind of God: The global rise in religious violence," University of California Press, (2000). Read reviews and/or order this book
  5. Bailey Smith was quoted in the St. Petersburg Times, 1994-JUN-26.
  6. "Converting a child: Jewish boy caught by Southern Baptists' evangelizing," ABC News, 2000-MAY-12, at: http://abcnews.go.com/

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