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26 - What Then is Peace?


What Then is Peace?


Most Nobel Prizes have been awarded for progress in one of four categories:

The peace movement and work for disarmament


Humanitarian efforts and the relief of suffering



Human rights campaigning and opposition to injustice, exploitation and oppression


Resolving regional conflict, bringing the hope of an end to violence.



Can Peace be more than that?

Surely Peace also includes:


community peace; reconciliation and conflict resolution at street level; local anti-racism work; tackling domestic violence


Environemental peace; protecting our planet from polution and exploitation; and what about violence against animals?


personal, spiritual, inner peace; the stillness associated with prayer or meditation; being at peace with oneself

Is a broader understanding of Peace needed in the second century of the Nobel Peace Prize?
Note: When religious figures have won the Peace Prize it has not usually been for spiritual reasons, but for their stand on human rights. E.g. Martin Luther King 1964, Archbishop Desmond Tutu 1984, Elie Wiesel 1986, Dalai Lama 1989, Bishop Carlos Belo of East Timor 1996. An exception was Nathan Söderblom in 1930, who was awarded the prize for promoting Christian unity.
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