Category Archives: Musings

End of Enemy Series

4. Creating Reality I have been intrigued by the question of how much of our world we create in our own minds. This question was made really clear on the streets of Kabul and rural north of Afghanistan. This journal entry from: 24 Oct 2012…posted to a student on the topic of culture on the … Continue reading →

Posted in: Afghanistan, Crazy Ideas for Peace, End of Enemy, Musings

End of Enemy Series

Interlude to the Present I am currently in northern Thailand giving a series of talks on peacebuilding and human security at the Institute of Religion, Culture and Peace (IRCP) at Payap University. I experienced a wonderful example of the positive/creative language I have been blogging about when Dr. Suchart Setthamalinee, IRCP faculty, invited me to … Continue reading →

Posted in: Crazy Ideas for Peace, Education, End of Enemy, Musings

End of Enemy Series

Alternative Language (cont.) In my last few posts I suggested that we dispense with fighting enemies and focus on creating the world of peace and security we want. I pondered if the place to start was transforming our English Language idioms that are shot full war-like language. …How many of you caught that I just … Continue reading →

Posted in: Crazy Ideas for Peace, End of Enemy, Musings

End of Enemy Series

Alternate language Have you ever pondered if and how our very use of language keeps us focused on the fight with enemies? For example, what do we call the dots in front of a series of items on a page?  Bullet points?  Have you ever noticed how soaked the English Language is with war making? … Continue reading →

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End of Enemy Series

Human Security Goal Since taking on an advisory role for the Alliance for Peacebuilding I have been pondering the meaning of security in light of the stream of violence and fear that wash through our news each day.   I contend that the opposite of violence is not peace. It is imagination and creation. To put … Continue reading →

Posted in: End of Enemy, Musings

Three Views

My colleagues at the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute suggest there are at least three views of things that are metaphoric for seeking solutions to violent conflict. The view from a helicopter, Land Rover and walking. Viewing problems from a helicopter presents a flattened and panoramic field of vision where only major features of the terrain are … Continue reading →

Posted in: Crazy Ideas for Peace, Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute, Musings, Travel

Peacebuilding is all About Relationships

As I travel back into Somaliland for the sixth time since I began coming here in March 2013 I am taking stock in what, if anything, I have actually contributed toward the greater common good here. Is it only me as a trainer who walks away from an intense 4 days of grappling with the … Continue reading →

Posted in: Crazy Ideas for Peace, Musings

Politics and Human Security

21 July 2016 I’ve heard the national election cycle in the Philippines called the ‘silly season.’ I am traveling outside the US just at the time when one of our political parties is having its convention and the TVs in the airports I transit through are abuzz with pundits and talking heads and balloons on … Continue reading →

Posted in: Musings, Travel

Ripples

??? Does what I do have any impact ???   !!!  I often ponder this question !!!   !!! Perhaps . . . as ripples on the water gradually spread out to gently lap the distant shoreline ???   ??? The alternative is tsunami washing away all in its path !!!

Posted in: Laos, Musings

It’s Hard to Hold My Head High Right Now

With the release of the Senate report on CIA torture right now it is difficult to be an American outside our borders. As the truth about torture comes into the light, US credibility continues to be diminished. Of course it is not as if persons in the global south did NOT know what was happening … Continue reading →

Posted in: Musings, Somaliland