1 ₪ The first facet of the Venusian Peace Project is about pondering, understanding and creating worthwhile peace. (Not just avoiding bad war.)
NEWS UNDER THE SUN
“Nothing new under the Sun”, so say people who haven’t taken the trouble to really look around.
And I am not now talking about miraculous forgotten cities, old manuscripts in mysterious libraries or as yet uncharted islands. Even within the boundaries of our ordinary lives there are areas that are strangely neglected.
“Strangely”, when you consider how important we say they are to us.Three such areas that I have come across are party life (explored here), listening to music (explored here), and last but not least peace (explored right here!).
Considering how important peace is, or how important we claim it is, its domain seems to be built on old, stale ideas and stock (non)solutions. I actually feel like an explorer into virgin territory here, exploring and trekking the exotic island of Venusian Peace. Sounds like an Edgar Rice Burroughs novel, but this is no fiction.
THE QUEST FOR GOOD QUESTIONS
Unlike most people I do see world peace as possible. The way to it leads through intellectual and emotional paths, paths that are overgrown, unclear, confused. Asking earnest, to the point questions can help us to clear the path.
- What IS actually peace?
- What is it not?
- What is its relation to war?
- Is there a larger spectrum, can we draw a map where war and peace (and stations in between) are placed in intelligent fashion?
- Who’s “table” is peace? Are there other groups than politicians, diplomats and historians etc. who might give better answers, find better solutions to peace?
- How can peace become as interesting, enjoyable, fun, exiting and enthusiasm-creating as war, or rather crypto-war (fighting, contests, debates, action movies and violent computer games)? Crypto-war is the competition, so let’s not fool ourselves into thinking that peace “has a chance” if it remains lofty but boring.
- How can music, art and other “venusian” activities help to make peace more substantial and truly attractive?
These are just a few non-traditional questions that could help us move forward. In short:
Ask better questions and ye shall receive better answers.
Repeating / ruminating the same old peace questions does not lead us forward. We need to open new doors. Let us think outside the board and explore really new (or long forgotten) paths.