- How to Initiate, Maintain and Sustain an Enduring Peaceful Relationship?
Currently, in many parts of the world, the direct and indirect impacts of the ongoing uninterrupted serial acts of terror have seriously
disturbed and affected many people’s life mentally and physically. Among the societies affected by such acts, almost all commentators,
politicians, and governmental agents in TV media and public forums of discussion on the subjects on chaos and peace have invariably
identified those who committed the acts of terror as perpetrators and labeled them as bad guys or evils,” to express their helplessness
and stern condemnation. Furthermore, these speakers on terrorism would often subtly rectify themselves as the crusader of
righteousness. Through their free elaboration on the practice and effect of terror, many strategies and tactics to contain and hopefully end
the chaos of the world have been constantly contemplated, suggested, designed, produced, and implemented. Unfortunately, they all
have crumbled and ended up with a failure in pursuit of peace in the historical past. At the current state of concern on terrorism, probably
as usually as we may expect, they will run and plunge into the same fate of failure in the future if the fundamental causes of chaos and
violence could not be accurately discovered, honestly discussed, identified, and accepted.
From the perspectives of those we called them as bad guys in our mind; it is of no doubt that they would think we are the real bad
guys and the real evils at least in their view although we certainly felt offended as they did when we called them bad guys or evils. Clearly,
these verbal finger-pointing exchanges of mutual blaming have not done and will not do anything meaningful to ease the existing tension
and chaos but further elevate the complexity of the issues even though it may temporarily ventilate one’s frustrated emotion out of
helplessness and desperation to serve the momentary, situational purpose of superficial face-saving and ego preservation.
Under the surface of global disruption and frustration, the chaos in life has presented within all levels of many personal, social,
national, and international scenes. These facts annotate the existence of poor relationships of life within and among individuals and all
kinds of entities including families, churches, institutions, organizations, governments, nations, and the world. Why have such poor
relationships happened and persisted? To explore and identify the origin and solution of chaos, all peacemaking-related materials would
be explored, collected, and compiled to a mountainous volume, which is well beyond the comprehensibility of any individual, even a
Historically, at times, we might have been excited about the inception and birth of some international peace pacts. Despite their
timely taking effects after mutual signatures by responsible parties, at most and at best, all the peace that we hoped and wished then only
last for a short time and eventually crumbled and ended up with the recurrences of chaos and violence. Do we seriously want to talk
about and have a state of peace for all to share? And how can we prevent the historical endless recycling of alternating peace and
violence? If we really do, we have to find a way to break the ice between both parties leading to the willingness to draw each other closer
and closer and to sit down at the table to talk about what are their differences. From there, hopefully, we can see a twilight for negotiation
leading to a success in creating a peace, I meant, enduring peace. The approach to this critical initiative and the methods of creating a
bridge between both parties leading to an enduring peace were explored, discussed, and presented in Chapter 3.
Life experience and commonsense have taught us that the strengths and the characters of a group identity such as a family, a
church, a society, a nation, or even the world result from the accumulation of those from its participating members. Therefore, it would be
very logical and of no better choice but to initially focus on discovering what and where the strengths and the characters of a person are
originated and located and how we can use them in our favor to create a long-term enduring peace.
To materialize such a hope, the information for peacemaking should be made available and easy for all to understand instead of
being confined within the realm and privilege of academic discussion. Simply speaking, the duty of peacemaking should not only fall upon
the shoulders of a few smart individuals such as thinkers, philosophers, or academicians; instead it should be also upon those of all
individuals in the world. Historically, the study of peacemaking has been fully and specifically at the hands of elite intellectual minority.
Most of people shun away from touching this privileged territory of peacemaking effort. For this very reason, please allow me as an
ordinary person to make my best possible effort to present my version of a sketch of peacemaking with common sense, at least in my
mind; thereby most of average persons would be able to understand without going through a higher education.
Here is the sketch that I have envisioned and designed for all to review and share. Some of you may skeptically say, “This guy has
never gone through a special training on the subject of peacemaking and/or earned a degree in philosophy, how can he contemplate
such an almost impossible endeavor in human history?” Subsequently, many may even choose to ignore, ridicule, and even disqualify my
work as a crazy idea for valuable reading material. I understand the traditional mental barrier from ego preservation may dampen the
grace and courage to recognize and accept the truth and facts of life. Despite the presence of such an intense social and traditional
difficulty in acceptance, please kindly subdue and suppress, at least temporarily, the dominance of institutional ego and pride and give
me an opportunity to share my ideas with you. Hopefully, a common vision for peace will loom and a state of peace may be rebuilt in the
heart of individuals and the world.
Now let us join together to begin our journey of peacemaking.
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