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By: James O’Dea

I am moving from being locked into anger and outrage at war and violence, or being defined as a protest movement, to creating a culture of peace from the ground up, and from the inside out.

I am moving from reactive finger-pointing condemnation and judgement of others, arising out of my presumed superior moral positions, to engaging in dialogue, listening and non-violent communication strategies.

I am moving from making those who disagree with us as the enemy to recognize the inherent flaw in creating hostility or enmity as a peace strategy. In this way my work attempts to dissolve polarizing approaches and behaviors.

I am moving from a consciousness that is a problem-sourced to one which is solution-centered. This has a radical impact on how I organize. I am informed by vision, and my tactics are not always defined by the opposite side of the problem.

I am moving from piecemeal, feel-good, band-aid approaches and interventions to whole-system maps and whole – scale systematic transformation.

I am moving from relying on ideological frameworks and intellectual theories to integral approaches that are embodied manifestations of peace at individual and collective levels.

I am moving from activism which leads to burn out and relationship breakdown to one in which working for the cause of peace requires self-care and time for quality relationships.

I am moving from the battleground of proving who is right and who is wrong to understanding worldviews and how they are transformed – and exploring who is wounded and how they can find healing.

I am moving from an obsession with punishment to the search for truth, reconciliation and restorative justice.

I am moving from demanding rights to assuming our responsibility to create environments which promote rights and emphasize individual and collective responsibility for an ecologically sustainable, socially just, democratically vibrant and healthy world.

I am moving from merely critiquing the absence of humanity in others to honing our collective capacities for compassionate action, deep empathy and authentic forgiveness.

I am a Peace Ambassador and I am moving towards planetary peace.

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