The answers to corny questions like world peace and happiness lie in answering corny questions like the purpose of existence and life.
Im at a gathring of peacebuilders, activists and humanitarian workers and have already been embroiled in a couple of intense discussions on religion.
Accusing religion of causing conflict is an ill thought out argument in my opinion but promoting inter-religious understanding and active civilized and intellectual debate on the subject is a good thing.
maybe peacebuiding will have a future if it can find genuine ways of getting poeple to confront the most fundamental and sensitive divisions separating them genuinely and intellectually..
But of course in any debate, sensitive topics are usually avoided. As was made clear by the slightly taboo treatment of religion in the classroom. But as usual with any scene like this, there is more learning to be had from good frank conversation with other
Peacebulding and peacebuilders aren’t that bad. They try and seek out commonalities to try and conquor differences, but this ssometimes leads them to forget the differences entirely, and often diffrences are the stronger driving forces in conflict.
peacebuilding may seem like idealistic hogwash to the uninitiated; just listen to a passionate peacebuilder and his superordinate goals and u will wonder at the 70s flavor of it all.
But most of them know where its at; that a world completely without conflict is impossible. Indeed, thats almost a fundamental premise. But to aim for the stars is to at least end up on the coconut tree, they say. So u can hardly not forgive the idealism of their approach.