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Defined by the Dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy of Language, Peace is conceived as the absence of armed conflicts between peoples, as well as the relationship of harmony that can be established between the members of a community, without conflicts, clashes or assaults.
Longed for in all ages, especially after the horrors of the First and Second World Wars, humanity is in constant work for its search, as well as to maintain it, for over time it has realized that – as the popular saying says , in the gu You miss nobody wins, everyone loses.
On this occasion we wanted to gather some phrases about Peace, belonging to the most celebrated pacifists, intellectuals and artists of all time, in order to be able to have a picture of what the position of the different generations of the last centuries is on the state and feeling of Peace. Here are great phrases about peace, written or uttered by the greats of history:
If we are not at peace with ourselves, we cannot lead others in the pursuit of peace. (Confucius)
In the first instance, this Chinese philosopher, believed to have lived during 551 BC and 478 BC, talks about the importance of conquering inner peace, before achieving it abroad or serving as a guide or leader to lead others to achieve it.
In this way, Confucius (read more information in Biography of Confucius) feels the importance of having first what we want to teach others, so we cannot lead others to peace if we don´t first have it in our hearts and spirits.
Men build too many walls and not enough bridges. (Isaac Newton)
So too this celebrated 18th-century scientist refers to the importance of conciliation, dialogue and understanding to maintain peace. In a purely technical language, Isaac Newton (read more information in Isaac Newton’s short biography) expresses his perception of how quickly and efficiently humanity has learned to build walls, while not evolving in the same way with respect to bridges.
In what is a clear analogy with how we relate to our fellowmen, for this scientist we are better at putting obstacles between us and others than to reach them to reconcile and maintain peace with our neighbours.
There is no way to peace, peace is the way. (Mahatma Gandhi)
This famous phrase from one of the greatest pacifists of the twentieth century, who led one of the greatest revolutions in history without firing a single weapon, but using peace as a shield, speaks precisely of reversing that ancient thought that peace was the result of the war, so the way for her was first the conflict, which helped us suppress the enemy.
However, this leader and pacifist clarifies that there are no paths to peace, but that peace itself is the way, for as we begin to pass it there is no need to reach it. Thus for Gandhi peace is a peaceful transit that must be walked in collective.
When I was asked about a weapon capable of countering the power of the atomic bomb, I suggested the best of all: Peace. (Albert Einstein)
Likewise, this German physicist, famous for his Theory of Relativity and for having made – during his stay in the United States where he took refuge fleeing the Jewish Holocaust – some of the most important contributions that led to the construction of the atomic bomb, despite despite the construction of the atomic bomb, despite the construction of the atomic bomb, despite the construction of the atomic bomb, despite despite the construction of the atomic bomb, despite had he not participated in its construction (more information on) always rejected the use of weapons of mass destruction, even joining pacifist movements after the end of World War II.
For Einstein, the only force that could combat or medeal with the destructive power of the Atomic Bomb was Peace, which could render ineffective the intentions of the one who wanted to use again such a lethal and deadly weapon. In this sense the only weapon that the individual could wield against the Atomic Bomb and its effects was Peace.
Pope John Paul II
Let no one have any illusions that the mere absence of war, while so desired, is synonymous with true peace. There is no true peace but is accompanied by equity, truth, justice, and solidarity. (John Paul II)
Referring to the dictionary definition of peace as the absence of war, this high pontiff, who is recognized as the Pope of the twentieth century for his long tenure, warns of the need for nations to grow as states where equality and justice are the daily bread, for peoples who lack these elements are constant gestators of revolutions and revolts.
In this way, Pope John Paul II seems to point out that in the world as long as they have oppressed them who lack opportunities, solidarity and justice, a conflict will always happen. Thus a world without Justice, even if it does not live a war at the moment, is not a world at peace, for war can break out in the other corner of history. In the light of this sentence it could be said that in the world there can be no peace until there is really Justice, Equality and Solidarity among men.
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September 11, 2019