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Redefining peace, violence

One can no longer define peace as the absence of war or of violence. One cannot state that violence is more inherent to human beings than the desire for peace. How can we then define peace? Violence? How do human beings thus position themselves towards violence? Towards peace? 


How to define peace?

Peace is not the absence of war, nor is it the opposite of war. Defining peace as the absence of war brings peace down to a meaningless, passive, incomplete and far-fetched vision. The spectrum of peace is much bigger, because the spectrum of violence is much bigger than that of war.* However, peace is also not the absence of violence, it is the opposite of violence.

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How to define violence?

Violence is all that is damaging to the integrity of others and of oneself. It is also a tool of last resort...

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