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The Right to Exist and the Desire for Peace

Started this discussion. Last reply by Peace_maker Jan 7, 2009. 19 Replies


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My personal story:
I am an advocate for peace living and working in Seattle, Washington
Why I want peace:
It is time for peace and guiding principles that will lead us there, such as:
"Starting from within, working in a circle, in a sacred manner, we heal ourselves, our relationships and our world."
Interests and activities:
Social commerce
Something you didn't know about me:
I am a student of the natural way and working with many others for peace.
How I found
Through Peace and Collaborative Development
What I want to achieve here:
Peace in the world now!
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The Fourth Way Guiding Principles

Beyond assimilation, resistance, and resignation there is the Fourth Way - collaboration and cooperation. Here are simple and powerful guiding principles developed by Indigenous Leaders over the past 35 years:

Four Worlds Guiding Principles

Human Beings can transform their World
The web of our relationships with others and the natural world, which has given rise to the problems we face as a human family, can be changed.

Development comes from Within
The process of human and community development unfolds from within each person, relationship, family organization, community or nation.

No Vision, No Development
A vision of who we can become and what a sustainable world would be like, works as a powerful magnet, drawing us to our potential.

Healing is a Necessary Part of Development
Healing the past, closing up old wounds and learning healthy habits of thought and action to replace dysfunctional thinking and disruptive patterns of human relations is a necessary part of the process of sustainable development.

Everything is connected to everything else; therefore, any aspect of our healing and development is related to all the others (personal, social, cultural, political, economic, etc.). When we work on any one part, the whole circle is affected.

No Unity, No Development
Unity means oneness. Without unity, the common oneness that makes (seemingly) separate human beings into community is impossible. Disunity is the primary disease of community.

No Participation, No Development
Participation is the active engagement of the minds, hearts and energy of the people in the process of their own healing and development.

Every person (regardless of gender, race, age, culture, religion) must be accorded equal opportunity to participate in the process of healing and development, and to receive a fair share of the benefits.

Human beings are both material and spiritual in nature. It is therefore inconceivable that human community could become whole and sustainable without bringing our lives into balance with the requirements of our spiritual nature.

Morals and Ethics
Sustainable human and community development requires a moral foundation centered in the wisdom of the heart. When this foundation is lost, morals and ethical principles decline and development stops.

The Hurt of One is the Hurt of All: The Honor of One is the Honor of All
The basic fact of our oneness as a human family means that development for some at the expense of wellbeing for others is not acceptable or sustainable.

Authentic Development is Culturally Based
Healing and development must be rooted in the wisdom, knowledge and living processes of the culture of the people.


Human beings are learning beings. We begin learning while we are still in our mother’s wombs, and unless something happens to close off our minds and paralyze our capacities, we keep learning throughout our entire lives. Learning is at the core of healing and development.

To sustain something means to enable it to continue for a long time. Authentic development does not use up or undermine what it needs to keep on going.

Move to the Positive
Solving the critical problems in our lives and communities is best approached by visualizing and moving into the positive alternative that we wish to create, and by building on the strengths we already have, rather than on giving away our energy fighting the negative.

Be the Change You Want to See
The most powerful strategies for change always involve positive role modeling and the creation of living examples of the solutions we are proposing. By walking the path, we make the path visible.

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At 9:59pm on December 3, 2009, fesalk411 said…
A True Story By Faisal Al-Hatib
I am a Palestinian Arab from Hizmeh, a village between Jerusalem and Ramallah. When I was 15 years old I fought against the Israeli Occupation in search of freedom. At that time I thought every Jewish person, whether soldier or citizen, man or woman, young or old, should be killed. I rejected the right for any Jew to live and every Jew was a target. I was just a kid, believe me, and I didn’t understand anything about politics or the Arab-Israeli conflict. I was arrested and sat in jail for 12 years. This was during the first intifada from 1987. At that time nobody talked about peace but only of violence. I matured during my time in jail. I started studying and reading books on politics, literature, poetry, and about the Madrid Conference.

It gave me hope to live in peace and dignity. I learned that violence only breeds violence and that peace is the only solution for the two nations, the only way for both to have a respectful and beautiful future. We live on the same land. We are neighbors. We drink the same water and both pray to a monotheistic God. We must live in peace on the basis of religion for God and land for everyone.
At 10:27am on October 9, 2009, Eyal Raviv said…
Your profile is part of our recommendations on
At 1:29am on January 11, 2009, jaloti said…
hi my freind u know i like th guitar
At 8:25am on January 7, 2009, Eyal Raviv said…
Hi Jon, thank you for inviting you daughter.
At 2:30am on January 7, 2009, Peace_maker said…
lets make it a way to make peace work so I thank you for asking for friendship I hope we can work on line actively together ..
At 11:19am on January 5, 2009, Hiba said…


Welcome to our community, glad that you joined us, enjoy the site.

At 8:55am on January 5, 2009, Eyal Raviv said…
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At 6:55am on January 5, 2009, Paul RETI said…

Hello Jon!...

Welcome to I hope that you will make a constructive and active and consistently ethical contribution to this community.

Peace, Salaam and aShalom...
... Paul R., Sydney, Australia




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