Since my last post was so long and I didn’t cover a few things I wanted to I thought I’d do a second post about the peace un-conference I attended. So if you’re interested in reading in detail more about the un-conference and what that entailed please read the previous post.
During the opening and lightning keynote speakers in the morning someone said the following statement, which I then wrote down after it was reiterated by one of the participants in the closing circle: Where there is conflict people care deeply, which then creates an opportunity for peace. I thought this was an interesting insight into the nature of polarizing issues and beliefs. On both sides of the fence, no matter what the difficulties are, people are filled with care and concern about something. One side might be particularly drawn towards concern about the environment while the other side may be concerned about the security of jobs and economic prosperity. To see the areas of similarity and overlap is incredibly important when it comes to the transformation of the us-verses-them mentality. It’s difficult to make lasting, effective change when we only see the differences and set our perspective in the direction of separation and division.