Share Your Thoughts: What Does ‘Peace’ Mean to You?

“Peace is more than the absence of war. There is an inner peace that comes from personal security and personal freedom. Peace also includes the sense of a mother and father that their children will live, that they’ll have food for them to eat, and that they won’t be subject to a lifetime of suffering that could have been prevented.”Jimmy Carter

What does 'peace' mean to you?
The Carter Center’s Peace Programs strengthen freedom and democracy in nations worldwide, securing for people the political and civil rights that are the foundation of just and peaceful societies.

Although “Peace” means something different to each person, each community, each nation, there is a common dream that binds our hopes.  What does “Peace” mean to you?

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    JACQUELINE CERUTI on June 23, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    PEACE IS THE HARMONY OF EXISTING WITHOUT JUDGEMENT OF ACTIONS OR LACK THEROF

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    Shaban Ali on July 1, 2011 at 8:11 am

    peace means security, respect for others

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    shanisko on June 13, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Peace is an absence of hatred, prejudice and fear. Peace means an environment of open and civil discussion and action designed to counteract that which causes hatred, prejudice and fear.

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    Rachel Grier-Reynolds on June 13, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Peace is not the absence of conflict
    But rather the ability to deal with it

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    Paul Haider on June 14, 2011 at 7:40 am

    If peace was given one name in the form of a Jewish man, then it could only be Jesus Christ (J.C. I). If peace was given one name in the form of a Gentile and an American man, then it could only be Jimmy Carter (J.C. II). These two men are what peace means to me.

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    Paul Haider on June 14, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Peace be with you, all of you. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be the children of God.

    Paul Haider, Chicago

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    Lanet on June 17, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Peace means diverting more resources towards LT enviro-health.

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    Paul Haider on June 17, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Peace means to me the name of one man: Jimmy Carter.

    Paul Haider, Chicago

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    Vernicia on June 21, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Peace is having the freedom to express yourself without judgment and ridicule. Peace is having the ability to maneuver on a daily basis, without fear of isolation, harm, or some form of retaliation for being who you are. Peace is something that is often taken for granted by those who can have it at any time they choose. Lastly, peace is more than just a sign – it is a blessing for those who have and appreciate it.

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    Deborah Adelsperger on June 22, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    For me , Peace is the availability of resources. This can include the availability of health, clean water, good sanitation, food, and spiritual resources and more. Knowing that help is available means peace for me.

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    David Faubion on June 22, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    The peace-of-justice is what President Carter enshrines in his eloquence and his exemplary, post-Presidential, service to the world. The peace of justice and care is the living of the ethical good life every moment so that others may live it and share the joy of that life. The peace of justice, care and solidarity means that you stand hand-in-hand with all to light up the ignorance of careless injustice. The peace-of-justice marries all within the law of love, a joy like falling gently into the rest after the day, before the dawn—one with all. unity, union, we are won and one with all.

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    Animar Daghesani on June 22, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    It means living together in harmony and and thanking GOD for the blessings!

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    Paul Haider on June 22, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Peace means love in action! — Dr. Paul Haider

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    Probyn Gregory on June 22, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Peace means tolerance, understanding, a balance of power between organisms, and hopefully a lack of greed.

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    David Guard on June 22, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Peace means having the courage to create policies that bring people together through nonviolence and reconciliation rather than war.

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    Amy Jackson on June 22, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    * The absence of poverty * The absence of racism * The presence of justice * The presence of equality * The presence of freedoms (see US Constitution) see also Friends Committee on National Legislation

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    James Pleiss on June 22, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Peace is a frame of mind that allows one to view life from a nonconflicting perspective; it enervates the spirit, allows for a tranquil approach to all of life’s travails; and it sets the tone for inner reflection which enables the spirit to rejoice in the perception of good which might be a gentle prevailing wind; much like the Carter Center.

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    Scotto Horning on June 22, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Justice, liberty, freedom and the Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12) Simple as that, Jimmy.

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    Muhammed Ala Al Deen on June 22, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Peace mean dignity and respecting the human life and jousts for all .respect the rights for the nations to live in peace and freedom .

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    Sharon Davis on June 22, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Living in a country unafraid of terrorism, violence, uncontolled guns and drugs. Where radical extremists are in the minority. And where there are more schools than jailhouses.

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    Gail Weissman on June 22, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    It seems to me if you look at the peace sign that it is a pie shape . This pie shape is divided into to 2 super parts which leaves the third part to be divided yet again , This is an abstract metaphor for peace in this age. A real peace sign would divide the pie equally. If that makes sense.

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    Katherine Feldman on June 22, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Peace is freedom from fear. And the only path I know to that freedom is through compassion. For others, for oneself, for the world. The Carters understand this, I think. That is why I have always felt they were ‘peacebuilders’, no matter whether their work was fighting disease, building homes, speaking for the afflicted or doing the political midwifery of overseeing elections.

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    Sheila Yungk on June 22, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    People loving and helping eachother. Not all this greed which creates people doing bad things to our earth which in turns hurts the people as well.

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    Dorothy Carlo on June 22, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    No WAR, No discrimination of any sort, no hatred, no bias. An environment where all hopes and dreams of all persons are respected and fostered.

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    Madalin Blue on June 22, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Peace means that we are able to hold a genuine respect for life in our awareness and actions. That we don’t think of killing,(whether we are killing wolves or people or mindlessly destroying whole eco systems ) that we don’t think it is alright to kill or displace others simply to achieve a goal in the moment. Peace means we carry an intention of not harming into our everyday life and are willing to give that thought and care. Peace is also a state of mind that results from being grateful for what we have now, from being appreciative of the beauty, and careful of the lives of others.

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    Anita Mitchell on June 22, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Proper and loving care of the environment and ethical use of the world’s natural and monetary resources would bring more peace. Hard to be angry when you have clean air and water, a full belly, children in school, a roof over your head. Thoughtful treatment of our wildlife and ethical treatment for farm animals would halve the total of suffering in the world and add to our peace quotient also.

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    Art Godinez on June 22, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    If I’m allowed Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness…I should be at PEACE with my existence. Hindering any of these 3 would prove otherwise.

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    Albert D’Orazio on June 22, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    A lot of factors and things can be, and must be done to acquire peace. Peace is when we all get along and care about one another; we all are human beings who breathe the same air, drink the same water, and all of us who have feelings and a soul. Peace is accepting-or at least tolerating-diversity and our differences. Peace is helping each other out in need. Peace is having a shoulder to cry on in melancholy times; or being that shoulder to cry on. Peace is civil debate, not an all out war. Peace is not starvation nor famine. Peace is not murder nor hate crimes. Peace is unity and starts at home. Spread peace and it’s positive outcomes that will make our lives a better life.

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    Ruth Leibowitz on June 22, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Peace means to me- no more war, no more threats from terrorists, no more habitat destruction, no more hurting or killing our presious wildlife, & no more animal cruelty, no more pollution, or threatening drilling for oil in our oceans, & last but not least peace means to love each other, & stop hating each other, for all those things are destoying our world, & then we cal all live in peace.

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    Patrisa Philips on June 22, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    The ability for all societies to live in harmony, respect each other’s beliefs and principals, and keep government doing what they are supposed to do: represent the people that have elected them into office. This applies to humans and creatures alike.

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    Robert Bell on June 22, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Mutual respect

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    Abubakar Abdullahi Ghani on June 22, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Peace means freedom from any external or internal ruination.” At the level of interstate relations, if we ponder the above definition, we can consider peaceful relations between nations as a condition where violence, a state inevitably involving both internal and external ruination, is absent. In this sense, war can be viewed as an aberrational state. The aberrational nature of war is made clearer if we consider that murder, the ultimate consequence of war, is considered an innovation that destroyed the peace formerly existing among the human family. At the individual level, peace can be viewed as an absence of the ruinations of the heart.

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    Victoria Fagan on June 22, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Bing Crosby – Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth 4 min – Dec 7, 2010 – Uploaded by BingCrosbyVEVO Music video by Bing Crosby & David Bowie performing The Little … youtube.com

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    Thomas Hofer on June 22, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Peace means harmony at all levels, from the family to the entire world community. It is not enough to call on world leaders to choose peace over war, but we as humans must also strive for peace among ourselves at all levels. If we differ among each other, we must first respect our differences, and then either find a way to bridge them or find a way in which we can keep the differences and still live in harmony. Also, I, for one, have learned from an uncle I had to always recognize a person’s strength and talents, even when different from mine. And we also must do our part to make peace, because peace begins with each of us, not just with our leaders. As Robert Kennedy said on April 4, 1968, after learning of the death of Martin Luther King, “Let us dedifcate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so mnay years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of the world. Let us dedicate ourselves to that, and say a prayer for our contry and for our people.”

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    Jonathan Mitchell on June 22, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    To me, peace is a real thing–not just empty rhetoric that’s actually used to justify more bloodshed, rather than to work toward ending war. Peace doesn’t mean that we continue dropping bombs and funding conflicts all over the globe with the vague promise that someday it will end. Peace means that we stop fighting and killing, period!

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    Phillipa Kafka on June 22, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Equal human rights for all. My focus is on human rights for women, and my publications and charities correlate. Your mother, as you described her in your biography of her was a manifestation in her life of what I envision as a successful woman.

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    Linda Lapp on June 22, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    No harm is occurring to others or oneself.

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    Diane Ferguson on June 22, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Peace to me means the creation of one national public school system so that all children receive an equal education. It was instilled in us at my one room school house that genius comes from all walks of life. That everyone was entitled to the same opportunity. The entire nation was committed to that end. Education was a priority. My mother gave room and board to a teacher for our one room schoolhouse…for a full year. Such was her determination. Today we are scandalized by the corruption of the schools. People stealing. People cheating. Tenured teachers who are inept or abusive. Charter schools abounding with next to no oversight draining money away from the public schools to the enrichment of the people who own those charter schools. Children here in Cleveland attending schools straight out of a Dickens’ novel while the educated and privileged choose to send their children to private and parochial schools or, worse, home school them so they are unaffected by the riffraff. And day after day the headlines cry out for some semblance of sanity and balance. If we cannot love our children, we cannot live with peace in our hearts.

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    Rev. Miner on June 22, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    A commitment to resolving differences without resorting to violence that is so deep that the fear of war is no longer a concern.

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    Harry Mairson on June 22, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Peace is the consequence of justice.

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    Rakhshan Mazarei on June 22, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Be able to go to sleep knowing that I have done everything possible to help my neighbor not to go to bed hungry, even though his religion, value system and skin color is different than mine.

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    Debbie on June 22, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    What peace means to me: It means World Peace. This is 2011 there should be no more wars or conflicts, there should be no more racial tensions, gender tensions, all countries should work together to end hunger, housing problems (everyone should have a home), end global warming, no more borders, save all of the wilderness and wildlife that we can, and save our oceans. All countries, all Nations working together as one. Wold Peace!

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    James on June 22, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    It is often said that Peace is something more than the absence of war, and this is certainly true. However, it certainly includes the absence of war; that is, the absence of war is a fundamental prerequisite for Peace. I get a little perturbed with Peace groups that only work around the margins and ignore the elephant in the room. In a democratic nation, we the people are responsible for peace, starting with the absence of war making and war mongering.

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    Leila Jackson on June 22, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    To me peace means the absence of fear of discrimination for political or religious affiliation, sexual orientation, ethnic background ect… a respect for person freedom and inherent human rights.

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    Alva on June 22, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    No more war !

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    Dorothy Reichardt on June 22, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    It means loving your neighbor as yourself and acting with loving kindness.

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    Ahmed Cajee on June 22, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Peace means peace of mind and contentment. If you are at peace with yourself you will be at peace with the world.

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    Kells on June 22, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    People are free to be themselves and live their lives in safety.

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    Annette osnos on June 22, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Peace means security in your world;knowing you can walk the streets, open your window, find food to eat, spend time with people you love. Fear becomes a thing of the past.

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    Paul Smith on June 22, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Bring our troops home from foreign countries.Begin to give priority to teaching secondary pupils to read/cipher. Now everybody is giving up on secondary students if they cannot read. Result: 80% of students do not graduate from Detroit Public Schools…..50%+ do not graduate from Chicago Public Schools. All big cities have the same problems. Our country will fail if this keeps up. We cannot possibly survive if so few students are graduating from high school.

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    Denys Cope on June 22, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Living in a world where each person takes responsibilty for the world and enviroment they are in, and do not see their fellow human as other, but rather as an extension of themselves. Living in Love at all times.

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    Richard Conn on June 22, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Peace is the hard work to make it so in your brain 24/7 ( the forms of this work is uncountable).

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    Victoria Demirci on June 22, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    As first generation Armenian American born in New York I grew up with stories of how my grandma experienced genocide twice in Turkey, one in Cessaira in 1896 and the other in 1915. However,Grandma lived among the Turkish people until 1945 before coming to the states and she taught me (not to judge a book by it’s cover) since one of her most trusted friends was a Turkish woman. On the other hand, my Father and Mom both came in their teens and brought their hidden grief and fears that kept on growing. Grandma was always open to change and was willing to listen to other points of view and she understood the meaning of genuine kindness without expectations but also was able to state her point of view without arguement . I know the peaceful moments I find are when I am aware of where I am without hiding anything from myself and that I feel, sets the stage to becoming open to others too.

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    Sophia Andras on June 22, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Elimination of war and violence. Reduction and elimination of suffering. Embracing patience and tolerance. Expressing loving kindness compasion. Celebrating loving and caring regardless of sex, age and race.

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    Walid Netfa on June 22, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Peace is a reflection to what someone’s heart contains of correct faith that includes correct understanding of this life and its purpose. This true peace increases with doing the good and decreases with doing which is opposite to that. The true peace can undoubtedly be felt and seen whenever and wherever it exists.

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    Thomas Brownfield on June 22, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Peace means that justice has been secured. Peace means that rape, violent death and starvation are not life’s normal expectation. Peace means that persons feel safe in who they are, what they believe and how they choose to worship (or not). Peace is the right of all of humanity.

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    Russell Grindle on June 22, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Peace is based on respect – for oneself, for other human beings, and for other species sharing our planet. Peace requires that we acknowledge our interdependence.

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    Odong James on June 22, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Peace to me is the absence of war,or conflict. It’s respect for human rights and good governa
    nce.

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    Pres. Jimmy Carter Asks ‘What Is Your Definition of Peace?’ on June 22, 2011 at 6:02 pm

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    Charles Gallagher on June 22, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    I think of peace as an international word denoting the concept of harmony among people wherein they are free to pursue their endeavors.

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    Marty Piotruszewicz Rajand on June 22, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Peace is a way of life, aiming at doing no harm. But more than that, it strives to accept differences; respect each person for they too are created by God for a purpose on earth; helps those who need emergency help and urges for application of basic human rights for all, no matter where and what their financial circumstances are. Peace helps individuals and nations develop, respecting the environment; respecting life. The greatest commandment of all: Love your neighbor…..and in todays world, everyone is a neighbor.

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    Yong Lin on June 22, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    loving lives,mercy,forgiveness.

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    Peter MK Mubiru on June 22, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    The journey to Peace and Peace Building must always begin from one definate point of departure; ‘Justice’ and for any individual or a society to come that far must always know that they can now enjoy the fruit (peace) of Justice. All structures worth mentioning for the integral development of humans must be built from the bottom. In most if not all our African emerging so-called independent states including Uganda where I am born, live and work, unjust structures have been slowly but surely built from the grassroot; the family. Most of the socalled ‘big’ men and women in government are void of clear consciences! Societies built on dead consciences have always fertile seeds of self destruction! In such societies, the rule of law exists only on paper, the judiciary is normally as dependent on the executive as they are corrupt! The poor remain numerous, uninformed and gullible! The free market is never regulated. The rullers inevitably build autocratic cocusses of opression and national constitutions come to be quoted and interpreted by convinience etc, etc! In this way structures of oppression, humanrights abuses, repression of opposition political views and politicization of social services become the order of the day. Services to the people are nolonger given as a right but merely as a previlage! Invest in rebuilding a new concience from the grassroot; the family values, a national consciousness and structures that promote justice and hence achieve PEACE. Peter MK. Coordinator Justice and Peace, Jinja Diocese. Ugnada E.Africa

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    Anthony Donovan on June 22, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Spent my life facing the challenges. A 1983 book “World Peace?”, and a 2003 documentary “Dialogues” fyi. http://www.anthonydonovan.com But a friend of mine made a tee shirt some years back (Robert Shapiro), that said. “Peace is a conflict of intere$t.” And that pretty much sums up a stark reality. Another stark reality is life isn’t and has rarely been “fair”. What I strive for in life and ask others to do is to bend toward fairness, to work toward fairness. That’s what brings some “peace” Naturally, like the word, love…. that is a loaded word with countless interpretations. I’ll tell you this…. going through a little village in China where Roselyn and Jim Carter spent some time and rode their bikes…. and having those people smile and greet me when saying his name, decades later…. that is peace…. All the best at the Carter Center. Anthony

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    ahmed almahi on June 22, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Honesty, non-selfishness,love of others ,this is peace ,all other thoughts are manifestation of peace

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    Lew Andrew Welge on June 22, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I very much enjoyed this activity, defining “peace.” Thank you President and Mrs. Carter.

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    Francee Levin on June 23, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Peace means contentment and lack of conflict, both within and without. It means feeling connected to the entire world in a spirit of cooperation and goodwill. It is God’s greatest gift and humanity’s greatest challenge . To me, peace is the ultimate goal for all of us.

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    Marian Cruz on June 23, 2011 at 12:13 am

    A time where our country is creating jobs, providing the best education for our young people, seniors are able to afford food and housing, our infrastructure is safe and the list goes on. This can only be accomplished if we are not at war and are living in a nation at peace.

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    Andrew Sterioff on June 23, 2011 at 12:31 am

    Peace to me means inner peace. You can only change the things you have control over, and worrying about the things you have no control over makes people anxious, agitated, and upset. Whether its worrying about wars in other countries, or human rights here in the United States, having inner peace allows us to do something about the local situation which can bring pertinent change.

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    Naomi Zyck on June 23, 2011 at 12:42 am

    At this time in my life. I personally have little peace. My family lost our home and we are now without one. Scattered about trying to save enough to have one again. Nothing fancy just somplace to be at peace and have the simple comfort of a home again. I have always tried my best to put myself in others shoes and done my best to stay aware of issues globaly that affect others here in the USA and all over our planet. I speak always from the heart that all any human wants is respect, a chance, food, clothes on their back and a roof over their families head. The opportunity for an affordable education. Clean water and non toxic food. Health care that is within their reach. No wars to shatter their sleep or lives. I feel for the women and children who are in danger the people who have their bodies violated. We all want a voice to be heard and matter. Some call me an idealist. It has been said. But, I feel if we don’t want something done to us. How can we except less for anyone else? I had a middle class American life, a home and family. Nothing all that fancy, illness and a bad economic turn 2 years ago took it all away. Funny, I saw this tonight. I was just asking myself when was the last time I had peace? I answered myself simply… when I, we had a home. My son is living in a tent someplace in NH right now. Homeless, his dream of going back to school delayed again due to homelessness. He is 21 and looking for his bliss is taking a long time.I have only seen my beloved daughter 1 time in 18 months due to many reasons. Like selling my car to try and save our home.I have a rare illness and have had to file for disability now.Hindering my activity. I know that for families that have gone through what my family has peace is a long way off. I know for a family in another country, they have the same struggle to maintain a home. When it is lost, part of you is lost. Even through all my years of being active in social issues sometimes I do ask myself with what I knew was the reality for so many did I think it could, would happen to my family? Sadly, yes I lost faith in my government to truly understand the plight of the adverage American. I was a young teen when Mr. Carter was president. He has been my hero ever since. I believe he is the only president we have had so far due that respect. He is a humanitarian above all else. And I have tried to be that too. I want him to know that in this world he has at now the age of 48 remained my personal light and always will be. I have never met you, but I want you to know I love you for the better person you are and never giving up… It is late so I am sorry if some of this is a bit messy in thought.. But, I think I gmy point across. Thank you and I do hope we all find our peace and it spreads to all the places on this Earth and peace won’t seem so hard a goal..

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    Francis Veasey on June 23, 2011 at 12:54 am

    Many think that peace is simply the absence of violence or conflict. The idea pales when viewed from the perspective of a large group of like-minded people taking the same approach to life without deviation. This can be self-defeating to the idea of peace. inevitably someone or something seems to occupy the people’s minds or lives to the exclusion of all else. In this view, the inherent independence of the human spirit rears its head and conflict arises involving the person or thing that has taken prominence over the large group of people’s lives. The resulting rejection of the one-world/one-mind defeats the peace achieved and stunts any advancement of intellect or initiative. True peace is the acceptance of diverging views within a standard of conduct that ensures the safety and security of the people and allows the freedoms to live and grow within that standard.

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    Terrence Logue on June 23, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Mutual respect for everyone. Free of fear caused by intolerance, repression, politics, government, violence (both domestic and foreign). Freedom to live my life.

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    Joann Carmean on June 23, 2011 at 1:22 am

    to go about my daily life and not be harassed. to live in good homes not falling apart. to be able to buy groceries, cars and have employment. to be able to say the pledge of allegience and prayer in school. to teach my kids right from w
    rong. to have my children go outside without a dealer approaching them. and go to your own church and take care of americans first, that is freedom to me.

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    Adv. Muhammed Shamsuddin on June 23, 2011 at 1:47 am

    In my opinion there is no single substitute word like “peace” for the meaning of “Peace”. We should always mean “Peace” as a combination of different social aspects like non violence, equal justice and equitable distribution of wealth, freedom of speech, movement & governance. Mere resolving a conflict is not “peace”. We may term it as developmental meaning “Peace ” .

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    Carol Lapetino on June 23, 2011 at 2:06 am

    Peace means we don’t bomb or invade other nations,we cut our bloated military budget in half and start nation building in our own country, restoring jobs, infrastrucure and clean alternative energy initiatives and shore up our social safety nets.

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    Felix Kilama on June 23, 2011 at 2:13 am

    To me peace means freedom to participate in socio- economic activities without the fear imposed by health hazards, wars, hostilities and disasters ( man made and natural).

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    Girum Getachew Mogess on June 23, 2011 at 2:26 am

    Peace is life for me! A life of free sprit,free soul,a life of love ,knowledge, life of joy ,life of job,health,friend ship,life of coopration,life of self respect and life of humanity; a life of Peace. Yes PEACE is a life! But it is not a life of war! By Girum Getachew

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    Bruno Ahlqvist on June 23, 2011 at 2:43 am

    Peace is based on tolerance. You don’t need to agree 100%. Accept diversity and chose what you find best of all options without condemning other options.

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    Qudratullah Shahab on June 23, 2011 at 3:02 am

    i mean peace is the process due to peace people travel, worked, doing the business, and have the rights of living, to achieved basic humanrights like education,health,pure drinking water,right of free fair election with the sence of full ssecurity. as in ours country pakistan their is no rule of law, corruption rate very high , and unfortunatly during the super flood national ngo, break the records of public sectors under the umberalla of international ngo and also by the help of donors because no any proper strong fair monitoring evolution systems of i ngo,s as well as by the donors.

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    Anne Elliott on June 23, 2011 at 3:19 am

    Peace means the Right to Life.and the Freedom from Fear and Discrimination.It means Civil Rights,enforced by Law, In all of this is Dignity,and PEACE.

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    Jacob Goma on June 23, 2011 at 5:04 am

    Peace cannot be separated from human rights and democracy. Peace is the absolute enjoyment of human rights in a democratic environment.

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    Michael Haas on June 23, 2011 at 5:24 am

    I think peace means to me “world peace”, means to me that there is an end to war on this planet. it means that mankind arise to the term “homo sapiens” and stops using military to attack and suppress other countries. It?s as simple as this: the world leaders have to agree on peace on earth and that war under no conditions can be consid
    ered as a way to solve problems between countries, ethnic groups or religions. Wars have always brought misery on people. We have to end that. It?s as simple as that.

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    Bahar Ege on June 23, 2011 at 5:36 am

    Peace means negotiation and having a consensus in all spheres of life.

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    cherop Tabu Esther on June 23, 2011 at 5:43 am

    THE ABILITY OF A CITIZENS TO KNOW THEIR RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES, DEMAND THEM SYSTEMATICALLY AND RESPONSIBLY AND THE ABILITY OF GOVERNMENTS NOT TO VIOLENTLY REACT TO PEOPLES CONCERNS WITH VIOLENCE, PURCHASE OF WAR PLANS, ARMS AND AMNISIONS AND HAMFUL CHEMICALS TO CRUSH PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATORS. BUT RATHER INITIATE DIALOGUE AND SEEK TO ADDRESS THOSE CONCERNS THEY CAN AND EXPLAIN THOSE THAT THEY MAY NOT BE ABLE TO ADDRESS. THIS IS PEACE

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    Katherin Weiss on June 23, 2011 at 5:46 am

    Peace to me lately means knowing that you will have a job in this country. That you will be able to pay for a place to live with the money that you make from that job and still be able to feed your family and put gas in your car. Peace means not living in a country that seems so concerned about democracy in the rest of the world that they ignore what’s happening in their own backyard. Peace to me means knowing that your government officials care more about you than the big corporations who are lining their pockets. I have no peace lately. This country breaks my heart on a daily basis and I am told by my family and my close friends that I should not worry so much about the state of things in this country. I am advised to take care of my family and not worry about things that I cannot change. I cannot do that. My family has to live in this country. My grandchildren are growing up here. My great-grandchildren will as well. I have to have h

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    Robert Molthen on June 23, 2011 at 6:02 am

    Being able to take a deep breath with eyes closed and only calm thoughts in your head.

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    Noreen Dempsey on June 23, 2011 at 6:28 am

    Peace means that no child must hide in a cave or basement as bombs rain down. Peace means that no mother has to worry that her children will be injured by a land mine. Peace means that children are not forced to be soldiers. Peace means that children laugh, fly kites, enjoy a game and have a future.

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    Karen Linn on June 23, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Peace to me is the knowledge that all of creation is in balance. It is knowing that every child is loved and cared for. It means that justice and mercy will finally prevail all over the earth. The “peace that passes all understanding” can only happen when all of those who are blessed with too much make a commitment to share willingly and generously with all those who have too little. Peace comes from love. Hate has no place in a world at peace.

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    Jack Jeffers on June 23, 2011 at 6:35 am

    Knowing that no harm will come by act of my fellow man.

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    Russ Carmichael on June 23, 2011 at 6:47 am

    Home, family love and security.

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    Herman Schmidt on June 23, 2011 at 6:49 am

    Peace is the absence of war. Peace is justice in all of its forms. While peace is the absence of war, peace is not a passive state but an active one. Peace requires a political agenda; it needs to acquire power to compete with the enemies of peace. Much of what must happen must happen here in America, where our foreign policy is not one of peace but submission to our power which is called peace.

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    Susan Caster on June 23, 2011 at 6:50 am

    Peace is a respect for others cultures and beliefs. It’s the will and ability to use communication skills to solve problems.

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    Joan Roberts on June 23, 2011 at 7:27 am

    Peace is knowing your own power and using it intentionally for good.

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    Waqar Azim on June 23, 2011 at 7:27 am

    Rule of Law for every one in letter and spirit every where in the world. Equal opportunities for everyone everywhere in the world. Justice for everyone every where in the world. Economic and Legal Justice. To me it mean peace.

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    Gael Tryles on June 23, 2011 at 7:31 am

    “Peace” means being safe, it means being free from wars and dangerous conflicts. It is a feeling of over all goodwill towards others and goodwill towards me from others. Peace would be kindness and caring for all of mankind. Peace would mean that there would be no violence or bullying . Peace would be freedom from fear and pain. I wish we could have PEACE !

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    Romano Ballatori on June 23, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Peace to me means all peoples,and all nations taking it upon themselves,..or forcing themselves to take it upon themselves in spite of conflicting instincts- to not use physical harm in any manner -at first- despite having any or many advantages againts those where disagreement lies,… but to allways seek resolution in majority correspondance and permission in majority from other nations as to proper procedures to solve obvious disagreements and problems. This procedure and proper human behavior would end much war and human killing, thus peace.

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    Pewee Flomoku on June 23, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Peace means, Harmony, Nonviolence, living and treating others as I would love to be treated. Equal opportunity for all, equal space for all to live, Giving voice to the voiceless, Having a restful mind and not worry about conditions that will cause hardship,deaths etc. PEACE MEANS LOVE.

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    Deidre Moderacki on June 23, 2011 at 7:53 am

    To me Peace is a quiet calmness of Spirit. To me Peace is a secure feeling of confidence offering kindness to all others.

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    Ruth Gnagey on June 23, 2011 at 8:26 am

    There is peace when people in a country have all they need to eat and a place to live and a job to do. If those things are true, war is less likely. Peace is also a state of mind and spirit which is most to be desired.

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    James Cochran on June 23, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Peace thrives on honest communication of goals and objectives, on respect for cultural diversities, on pursuing all possibilites of reconciliation, on considering every measure to avoid war. Peace often requires a process of peace-keeping in personal relationships, in communities, and among nations. A military defense that might support peace should avoid fear as a tactic to garner support for itself. Peace involves sacrifece. It involves risk. It often has little to do with safety and does not necessarily mean freedom. Nevertheless, peace provides the best soil in which to grow the institutions of freedom and justice.

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    Fran Schmidt on June 23, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Peace is both a state of mind (inner consciousness ) (Peace Begins With me) from which flows life’s energy to do no harm (no violence) to any living being or to our natural environment. Peace is about reaching out in love, compassion, trust, fairness, cooperation and reverence for self and the human family and all life on our planet and living. To do “Peace” means that one learns the skills of peace building and peacemaking. ..communication, cooperation, collaboration, conflict resolution, etc. so that peace is constantly being built.

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    Duane Broxson on June 23, 2011 at 8:58 am

    My personal peace of mind came from being loved throughout my childhood years by those of character who possessed the agape spirit of love and grace. If then it is magnified by embracing the love that Jesus would bestow upon everyone, it becomes for oneself an indescribable joy within that survives every insult and sustains your inner spirit. The hope for the peace of Nations has it origin here in each and every one of its citizens as they embrace a brotherhood, (not specifically religious Christianity), of the many that cannot be breached by a rebellious and selfish few who would destroy it. The old Proverb, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when heis old he will not depart from it.” is as true today as it was yesterday. The “way he should go” is more significantly determined by the culture in which he lives. The man, for the most part, finds his character and values from birth through childhood in the family that rears him. Here is the crisis. Who will teach the children? What will be taught and imparted to the children of the land? What will the children of Jews, Arabs, Americans and all of the other Nations and cultures be taught by word and deed?

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    Mark Nolan on June 23, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Not having to build walls on our borders; not spending the majority of our budget on military might; not worrying about if I’ll end my life homeless and destitute, or worse in debter’s prison.

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    Anonymous on June 23, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Contentedness

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    James Engelking on June 23, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Peace means that each of us sees the humanity in the other person, sees the good in that person, and by doing that, sees the good in himself. All human progress begins with peace.

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    Friedrich Kirk on June 23, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Peace is knowing that no matter what happens and no matter that I do not understand, the grea
    test love for me and for all of mankind is being served. I just need to keep learning my part.

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    Javed Rathore on June 23, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Peace and security is the inevitable for any society, but it dosent come without justice and financial prosperity for all. Political and financial manipulation and exploitation of of resources is the main cause of of unrest.

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    raja indrakaran on June 23, 2011 at 9:55 am

    When we give truth and justice,fogiveness and kindness A chance and in recognising others in the likeness of ourselves and what comes forth of such becoms a guiding light for humanity beyond Prejudices that blind us individually and collectively as socities and entities and divide us in crating conflicts that lead to distruction of both innner and worldy peace.

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    Frank Kleshinski on June 23, 2011 at 10:12 am

    We’re finally using the grey matter between our ears. Honest and intelligent men (women) know that promoting peaceful resolution to world issues is far more difficult than starting a war, but it is an infinitely better option. War is nothing but waste; wasted treasure, wasted lives, along with the degradation of morals, judgement and integrity. It is absolutely the LEAST humane alternative of all!

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    Ron Buettner on June 23, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Peace means no wars, no shootings, killings, military actions. I wish I could subscibe to the theory that it also means personal security and all that. But personal security while sounding lofty and existential still means personal security. Like it or not, peace means lack of war. I wonder if America will ever know peace again given our propensity to butt into everyone’s civil wars. We need to elect a person to the presidency who DOESN’T want to be a “war president.”

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    Jeannine Rios on June 23, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Peace means treating people how you would like to be treated. It is about the greater good, about building a seed of kindness that will grow throughout generations. It is crucial to be mindful of how we treat one another because our impact can be great, can affect many and can make a difference. It is about taking the high road, not the easy road, about doing what is right even though it may be more of a challenge.

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    Gayle Beckner on June 23, 2011 at 10:30 am

    First of all, having the right to have peace whether having “peace within” or “outward peace” that comforts me daily. Peace is giving thanks to those who give their life that we might have and enjoy peace. I wish peace was contagious so it would spread throughout the world. Peace can make a world of difference in our lives.

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    Eva Forest on June 23, 2011 at 10:40 am

    This is testimony of my personal peace. At the age of 8, and I was playing in my playhouse in VA., This peace came over me .at that time I did not know what it was. It was a feeling of complete security and love.That night when I was saying my prayers (now I lay me down to sleep, when I said (if I should die before I wake )I said to my Mother If I die tonight it’s o.k. My mother became nervous and stated You are not going to die tonight! My mother was right I did not die. Since that time I know that inner peace is a peace that the world can’t give you. Even when I was beneath his will, I still felt that peace, and now that I have submitted my will to God.I now know the true meaning of peace.

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    Anonymous on June 23, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Peace to me can mean an action word! I had the courage and strength to create Peace among the Arab and Israelis by hosting and sponsoring the Historic Middle East Olympic Reception during the 1996 Centennial Olymp
    ic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. FYI, please visit the website at http://www.meor1996.org. At the time, I was a “messiah of Peace” because it was during the Oslo Peace Accords and I closed one of the tragic chapters in Arab-Israeli relations, the Munich Olympic Games. Currently, I am shunned by Israelis and Arabs because of today’s disagreements and conflict among themselves but I will still have the courage to continue my Peace mission. Hopefully this helps. John Gareeb

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    Muhammad Ilyas on June 23, 2011 at 10:50 am

    As’slam-o Alikum all. In my religion ISLAM, Islam is the name of PEACE. True practical examples in the world, for nations & for all ages, is SUFISM . Their life are according to the teachings of Islam & they are the best citizens in the society. In todays world, we should obey TASAVAF & WAHDAT-UL WAJOOD, the only way to get peace for the mankind. Best Regards, M.ilyas

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    Teresa Carter on June 23, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Finding as many things as we can that we all agree on and working together for a common goal

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    Donald David on June 23, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Peace is freedom – freedom from the necessity to be right, to control and to be appreciated, personally and internationally. Peace is respect for God in the heart of everything.

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    Susan Beers on June 23, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Peace is living in a place where you don’t worry about personal and environmental harm to you or your neighbors here in the US, or across the ocean. There is a world community of love towards each other and our living environment. You wont worry about basic human, nature, environmental needs being destroyed. People are not competing and judging what is different but embracing and complementing each other, striving to learn how to improve the short time all living entities share together on this planet. – Susan

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    Noel Bednaz on June 23, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Peace means everyone getting together and making a positive difference in the world we live in.

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    Ralph Krause on June 23, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Peace means that we respect the worth and dignity of each other in fair and just relationships as embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This requires the neverending task of teaching our children and sharing with each other these rights.

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    Kenneth Deitch on June 23, 2011 at 11:34 am

    P = prejudices gone E = equal rights for all men, women, and children A = access to clean water, medical assistance, and adequate housing C = concern for all in our global community E = education for all the world’s children

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    Joseph Parko on June 23, 2011 at 11:39 am

    I believe that peace is the result of the equitable sharing of resources. These resources include such things as wealth, political power,education, health care, water, and land. The more these resources are shared in a society, the greater the presence of peace. The less they are shared, the greater the potential for conflict.

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    Eugene Unachukwu on June 23, 2011 at 11:39 am

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    E. Owens on June 23, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Peace is a necessary condition for living well.

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    Albert Christensen on June 23, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Peace means so much to those living and surviving in chaos and danger. It is an obvious welcome condition when they can breath easily and go about their business without fear. In a stable country where it’s citizens go about their lives with no obvious threats to their existence peace is more a nice word representing comfort. But peace is one of those words that deserves expanding and looking deep into. Peace is the result of goodwill expressing under the great law of love. Salutations from angels to men of goodwill often mention peace. The word brings to mind quite contemplation, and stress less cooperative smoothly running group effort. The condition of a peaceful environment promotes creative work, health and joy, and in turn a peaceful environment demands justice, stability, honest interchange, and openness. Areas of peace have to be established then expanded towards peace on earth. An environment of peace is evidence that love has taken root. Al Christensen June 23, 2011

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    Robert Thomas on June 23, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Peace means no fighting and no bitter words spoken or written; no bitter thoughts thought of; friendliness abounding.

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    Mary Johnson on June 23, 2011 at 11:55 am

    For me, peace means getting out of Afghanistan at a more substantial rate than just proposed by President Obama. And for the major problems in the Middle East, peace means President Jimmy Carter’s way – with the kind of total dedication he exemplified in Middle East discussions. We have to encourage that both Israel and Palestine enter serious discussions to resolve their many complex problems, and each must be willing to recognize the other’s rights. This sacred land must be a peaceful haven for people of all religions.

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    Jaye Weiss on June 23, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    World peace is important. But I don’t have the endurance to work on that globally. So, I am trying to work on peace within my community by using something I learned in Al-Anon: With each action I take and encounter I have, I try to think “Where’s the God in this?” When I stop to say that to myself, it slows me down enough to act kindly, compassionately and intelligently. I am not a Christian. I am a Universalist. God can be cited in place of “My higher power”, or “the spirits” or Mother Nature, or any thing out side of ourselves. For some reason I responded to this email (J.Carter’s name, peace…) and I think the reason is that I felt impelled by “Where’s the God in my action of responding or not…

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    Harvey Jackson on June 23, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Peace is when the US is not fighting in a war any place in the world, and we have no need t be in a war.

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    Rohana Konara on June 23, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Happy

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    bunyamin ibrahim on June 23, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    peace to me is absence of war,free democracy, respect for human right,and also respect for the supreme law of the land.also Peace is not just a word; it is a short form of a happy mind and body. Peace is not in the environment; it is within. If you possess the quality of peace in yourself then you can see the whole world in peace.Peace can also be a state of harmony characterized by the lack of violent conflict.

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    Cynthia Fisk on June 23, 2011 at 7:28 am

    “Peace” means the awareness that conflict can be resolved non-violently. Books such as “Non-violent Communication” by Marshall Rosenberg, “Practicing Peace: A Devotional Walk Through the Quaker Tradition” by Catherine Whitmire, “Touching Peace” by Thich Naht Hanh are examples that create feelings of assurance that peace is not only possible but obtainable.

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    Yvonne Rafi on June 23, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Peace is the thought, brought to action, that kind and compassionate dialogue is preferred to aggression.

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    Susan Hopf on June 23, 2011 at 7:29 am

    For me “Peace” means that we are tolerant of differences, that we share the bounty, that we all give back and live our lives with equality for all. As a species we seem far from these ultimate goals but that there are those of us working toward that end brings hope.

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    Beth Roybal on June 23, 2011 at 7:30 am

    “Got a peaceful, easy feeling…” makes a nice lyric in a love song. To me, though, peace goes beyond a feeling, goes beyond love. Peace is that state in which all is well within oneself, within one’s relationships, and within one’s world. But even that isn’t enough. Peace encompasses that perfect state of connection among all aspects of the world, from the innermost thoughts of an individual to the cosmic force responsible for making the universe tick, and everything in between. That’s one reason I cherish the role of the Carter Center. By “waging peace” you are helping me to make stronger connections between me and the rest of the world. I hope I can continue to achieve a more “peaceful, easy feeling” by emulating your example!

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    Kevin Kingma on June 23, 2011 at 7:30 am

    I think it is best to quote someone who knew what peace means, and who knew this many years ago… Imagine there’s no Heaven It’s easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people Living for today Imagine there’s no countries It isn’t hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people Living life in peace You may say that I’m a dreamer But I’m not the only one I hope someday you’ll join us And the world will be as one Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can No need for greed or hunger A brotherhood of man Imagine all the people Sharing all the world You may say that I’m a dreamer But I’m not the only one I hope someday you’ll join us And the world will live as one

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    Susan Porter on June 23, 2011 at 7:31 am

    Peace to me is when people of the world reach out to each other to celebrate our similarities and cherish what we can learn from our differences. By broadening our horizons outside of our own little world(s) we will gain a better understanding of what we, as individuals, can do to participate in our global community in a way that benefits all of humanity.

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    Anthony Capobianco on June 23, 2011 at 7:31 am

    No More War; Co-existing with all inhabitants of our planet with no issues.

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    Marie Isenburg on June 23, 2011 at 7:32 am

    “Peace” is a world in which people know that win-win situations are possible and desirable-that survival does not depend on injuring or destroying your neighbor. It comes from respecting yourself and others, and the earth that sustains you.

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    Mary-Lou Mayfield on June 23, 2011 at 7:32 am

    I remember attending a conference where I learned th concept of “Peace with Justice.” Peace is not so much an absence of conflict, as the resolution of the problems that caused the conflict in the first place.

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    Klaus Schühly on June 23, 2011 at 7:33 am

    When former enemies shake hands there is peace on earth – for a certain time. True peace will be when we look in the face of the Lord.

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    Jill Pagels on June 23, 2011 at 7:33 am

    Peace is living in the absence of fear.

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    Marilyn Grotzky on June 23, 2011 at 7:34 am

    There is no peace without justice.

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    Nancy Hansen-Krening on June 23, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Peace means that all of the children in this world are loved, have full bellies and are given medical care. Moving towards peace means that Jimmy Carter spreads peace with his ACTIONS, not just the empty words of politicians. Peace means that we all, all humans live the Golden Rule; however that is defined in any specific language. Peace means that the extremely wealthy are held accountable for helping others…which should temper greed. I believe that greed is the biggest problem humanity faces.

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    Lois Hutson on June 23, 2011 at 7:35 am

    Knowing and being true to what I value and following that premise from both within and without makes for a peaceful heart no matter what the outer circumstances are.

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    Jeanne Long on June 23, 2011 at 7:35 am

    The thought of “Peace” for the world can be overwhelming. But it must start in each person’s heart. Inner-peace can also be over-whelming, but everyone should try. We have to resolve any anger, hatred, unforgiving issues, and revenge. One must be willing to work through these issues by talking to our loved ones and friends, our perceived enemies, and co-workers who are involved. Meditation and prayer can be a great help in this matter. As I always say and do, it starts with a smile and genuine concern. And may the Peace of God be with you.

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    Janis Lentz on June 23, 2011 at 7:36 am

    One aspect of peace that comforts me more than ever in the last decade, is the calm that comes over me when I hear of the outreach efforts Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter are making all over the world; I am in awe of the life of virtue and good works of activism that the Carters have engaged in. I know their motives always include taking chances to promote peace! They could be enjoying a quiet retirement but their Christian activism compels them to continue their hard work. I many times have made a mental note to write and thank them, but this is an opportune occasion to let them know their work with Habitat benefiting ordinary Americans is admired all over this country. You two are rare gems and great examples for our young folks to look up to and emulate! Bless you, President and First Lady.

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    Louis Ma on June 23, 2011 at 7:36 am

    peace means we can schedule a vacation for family reunion at the beach this summer.

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    Surya Raj Joshi on June 23, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Peace means that secure environment, where I can enjoy and use my freedom to the benefit of my society. When I can leave without fear, when my society is growing economically, culturally and physically ,making everyone optimistic about their life.

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    Margarete Ball on June 23, 2011 at 7:37 am

    To me it would mean “no need for airport security” and trusting people. We all need to learn to help one another, understand and respect people in other Nations. This would be a beginning for global peace. We all live on this same planet… so what’s up with all this war and hate? What does it get us? Have we learned nothing from the past? Sad, but still hoping in Princeton, NJ.

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    Dino Delano on June 23, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Freedom to think and act without fear of retribution. The animals are out of their jail in the zoo, we no longer wage war for oil or in slave a country economically and we teach the truth about our history so that we might not commit the same irresponsible acts.

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    Annie Thorp on June 23, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Peace seems like a privilege to me. I feel peace while working in my garden as humming birds flit by my head. I feel peace when I walk along the shore of my beloved ocean. Yesterday, I met my niece, a three week old baby girl, who knows nothing but peace, safety, and security. I am blessed with a peaceful life, not entirely free of worry or concerns, but I feel fundamentally safe and do not fear for my immediate safety, nor worry about hunger. Those who live in places ravaged by war, political unrest, famine, drought, diseases, do not share these blessed moments, at least I cannot imagine they feel much peace when their fundamental needs for food,safety, shelter, and security are so unsettled. I also think of my Tibetan Buddhist friends who smile almost all of the time, are perennially cheerful and happy even though they have experienced great suffering in their home country, they are among the most peaceful people I have ever seen, their peace seems to come from within and radiates outward to bless all they meet. Peace it seems, resides in our hearts and can only flourish and grow when we pass it on and set it free, as we tend to our inner gardens.

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    Blake Winter on June 23, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Peace means a freedom from all oppression. The violence of war can disturb peace, but we are equally attacked by governments that violate our human rights, who force women to live as second class citizens, who permit the demolishing of our shared environment, and who attempt to tell us what we can do with our bodies.

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    Deborah Adelsperger on June 23, 2011 at 7:39 am

    To me, Peace means the availability of resources ; whether the need be spiritual, food, money, gas, transport. Whatever is needed to oversome the situation.

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    Judith Killingbeck on June 23, 2011 at 7:39 am

    NO WARS NO PEOPLE FIGHTING EACHOTHER NO DICTATOR REAL BROTHERLY LOVE FOR ALL ON EARTH. ( HEAVEN )

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    Claire Perricelli on June 23, 2011 at 7:40 am

    To me, peace would mean others in the world would have the same advantages I have and the luck to live in a relative peaceful place. It would also mean the end of empire and wars of choice. It would mean the end of such euphemisims as “collateral damage”. It would mean focusing more on cooperation than competition. It would mean equal rights for all humanity, and rights for other animals, and rights for the earth’s ecosystems. It would mean an end of oligarchy, corporate rule and domination.

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    Dave Lindblom on June 23, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Besides saving thousands of lives, peace can mean improving the nutrition, health, and education to many based on the money saved from fighting wars.

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    Patricia Gerry-Karajanes on June 23, 2011 at 7:41 am

    When the resurrected Jesus was seen by his frightened disciples huddled together, he breathed his breath into them and said, “Shalom/Peace to you. The misjudgement you forgive is forgiven…the misjudgement you do not forgive is not forgiven.” The risen Christ breaths his christness into us. We are Christ in the world…prophets of shalom i.e. equal opportunity for all to reach his/her full potential. Forgiveness is where it starts.

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    Corinne Mudarri on June 23, 2011 at 7:41 am

    it means not being controlled or dominated by another person. it means being able to make my own decisions and not being abused by another person

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    Thomas Vitale on June 23, 2011 at 7:42 am

    A world without wars. A world in which everyone has inner peace and all the necessities of life are easily provided. A world there is no massive gap between extreme wealth and the majority of the people, disease is eradicated, the environment is clean and ecologically sound. A world in which people help each other and are not afraid to risk vulnerability, be open, trusting, friendly, loving, kind, generous. An “I + thou = we” kind of world. As long as there is violence of any kind (physical or non-physical) against women and children, there will be no true, lasting, real world peace. All weapons can be turned into plough-shares as well as computers and books; but if one man beats up one woman or one family holds down one child from achieving his/her potential, the world is not yet at peace.

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    Robert Johnson on June 23, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Duh! It means no wars, no killing, no harming people and the world. Bob

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    Chuck Angelucci on June 23, 2011 at 7:43 am

    No war, no human suffering, no injustice, no poverty. It means human rights for everyone, peaceful co-existence, celebrating life, getting along. My Dad always told me that there can not be heaven on earth. Maybe peace is only achievable in heaven.

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    Benita Campbell on June 23, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Access to potable water, food, shelter, clothing, and education; equality, ability to travel without papers and without fear from private or public powers detaining me, ability to speak one’s mind and worship (or not) the way I wish.

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    William Bishop on June 23, 2011 at 7:44 am

    ” Peace is ” when ” Greed is not predomenent ” !

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    Debra Couch on June 23, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Peace means freedom from fear for every being on Earth. Meat production is causing more greenhouse gases than all forms of transportation combined, it is the primary reason for deforestation in the Amazon, its the number one polluter of our water, and so much more. While humans are starving, farms animals are getting three meals a day. Meat production is also causing endless suffering to our fellow beings in factory farms. If the whole world stopped eating animals our world would be filled with peace and the planet would be healed. People who can’t kill animals certainly can’t kill each other.

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    Robert Alpert on June 23, 2011 at 7:45 am

    every thing you do and true justice for the killer of jimmie lee lackson

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    Jeff Abood on June 23, 2011 at 7:46 am

    The presence of justice

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    David Belin on June 23, 2011 at 7:46 am

    ‘Peace’ to me means a state of tranquility, a state of calmness, a state free of violence, war, pain, grief, conflict, e.t.c. a state of unison when people of different cultural, ethno-socioeconomic backgrounds live together in harmony building each other even with as little resources.possible at their disposal.

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    barbara crandall on June 23, 2011 at 7:47 am

    peace is the absence of fear… fear that you will awaken to find your children dead… their blood soaked into the land that your family has owned, lived and cared for over a thousand years… there can not be peace without justice and equality…in the eyes of the law, in the laws of mankind and in the kindness of the human spirit.

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    David Faubion on June 23, 2011 at 7:47 am

    The peace-of-justice is what President Carter enshrines in his eloquence and his exemplary, post-Presidential, service to the world. The peace of justice and care is the living of the ethical good life every moment so that others may live it and share the joy of that life. The peace of justice, care and solidarity means that you stand hand-in-hand with all to light up the ignorance of careless injustice. The peace-of-justice marries all within the law of love, a joy like falling gently into the rest after the day, before the dawn–one with all. unity, union, we are won and one with all.

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    Julie Hliboki on June 23, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Peace means to identify the barriers that prevent us from engaging in community, to celebrate cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity, and to strengthen the connections that move us toward self-awareness, conversation and, ultimately, peace – peace of mind, peaceful communities, and a peace-filled planet. From Julie at the 99 Names Peace Project :-).

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    Louis Spain, Jr. on June 23, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Recognizing that we are all citizens of the world and focusing all our efforts to making all citizens of the world safe, secure, employed, well–educated and healthy.

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    valentina aduen on June 23, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Peace is being able to express your individualities and being respected for it with no discriminations attached.

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    Marian Thomas on June 23, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Peace means enemies sitting down to talk with each other and being willing to listen to the other side. It’s easy to talk with friends, but talking with enemies requires the kind of love and acceptance which God gives to each individual inhabitant of earth.

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    George Goss on June 23, 2011 at 7:51 am

    An area is peaceful when people’s different interests and ideas can be discussed, weighed, and acted upon in a way agreeable to most while those in disagreement are respected.

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    Mikki Chalker on June 23, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Peace is never fearing about that knock at the door. Never having to teach my children to hide their faces, thoughts, opinions or dreams. And never worrying that someone has to ever teach their children that either.

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    Curtis Freeberg on June 23, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Peace means having a sense that life is fair, or at least becomming fairer, for myself, my family and others in this world. Too many are at peace when they and theirs are doing well but others suffer needlessly.

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    Cynthia Lockett on June 23, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Prosperity….

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    Geoffrey Cook on June 23, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Peace and justice go together. Peace, of course means the absence of conflict — either between states or subnationalities or nongovernmental actors. It could, also, apply in the same way between individuals, but without justice it can be meaningless, Geoffrey Cook, Stringer Muslim Observer Peace & Justice Commission, Member (Episcopal) Diocese of California

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    Betty Dudney on June 23, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Perfect Peace comes from fellowship with God and knowing you are in the palm of God’s Hand. Don’t believe there can be any real peace in the world till we work much harder on ending inequality. For the half of our world, men, women and children, that go to bed hungry with one or less meal a day. For the other half of God’s Image, the female half,” created male and female in the Image of God”. 1st and third Biblical Creation story Genesis 1:27 ; 5:1.

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    Robert Furst on June 23, 2011 at 7:53 am

    The absence of violent conflict, the presence of dialog between people of the planet.

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    Bennie Shallbetter on June 23, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Freedom from worry. Contentment. A feeling of connection to the world and something larger than myself

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    Marc Gregory on June 23, 2011 at 7:54 am

    I’ve heard it said that “without sharing, there can be no justice, without justice, there can be no peace and without peace there can be no future.” That pretty well sums it up. I think we must ensure that the conditions expressed in The UN Declaration on Human Rights, especially article 25, become tangible realities for all the people of the world. I also think that very few in our time, or any other, have worked so tirelessly and brilliantly to help achieve those goals as President and Mrs. Carter. They are high on my list of all-time heroes.

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    Christina Lin on June 23, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Access to clean water, unadulterated food, education, healthcare, and respect for differences – are all necessary for a world free of war. Also, cooperation, the right to a healthy livelihood and a decent place to live for all – no exceptions.

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    Patricia Hurd on June 23, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Peace is a feeling you get when your values and ethics are in sync with what is happening around you. It includes being true to what you value not only is speaking and doing things that are congruent with those beliefs, but also by not speaking and doing things that are not congruent.

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    Maureen Ferrazzi on June 23, 2011 at 7:55 am

    The absence of war bombs falling, people dying, civilians crying and missiles flying. The ability to live free of fear of repression for thinking, talking anf working agaionst the current government.

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    eileen fleming on June 23, 2011 at 7:55 am

    PEACE is a choice that roots in the heart that compels one to work, strive and seek justice by speaking the truth with compassion.

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    Esther Gurkin on June 23, 2011 at 7:56 am

    The absence of fear.

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    Amal Mahlouz on June 23, 2011 at 7:57 am

    1. Peace means stability based on JUSTICE. 2. Integrity in negotiating such peace is the main recipe for a successful outcome. 3. Wars do not create peace, justice does.

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    George Brian Sullivan, Ph.D. on June 23, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Peace is the tranquility of order.

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    Thomas Vitale on June 23, 2011 at 7:58 am

    As long as there is violence (physical or non-physical) against women and children, there will be no peace in the world. War will never end as long as there is violence against women and children. IF we achieved a world in which there no longer existed famine, poverty, extreme wealth at the expense of others, pollution, wars, social injustice,—if we had an otherwise perfect world, but if women remained second class citizens or worse, and children were “seen but not heard”, it would all be meaningless.

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    Adel Driss on June 23, 2011 at 7:58 am

    For me Peace means Calmness and Happiness. And I would fight to have it :)

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    William Montague on June 23, 2011 at 7:59 am

    Peace Peace means your heart is at ease you have your family to please. Personal freedom you enjoy be you man, woman, girl or boy. Your oats you did sew in Peace you watch them grow in the sun, rain or snow. Bill Montague june 22, 2011

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    John and Marilyn Raplinger on June 23, 2011 at 7:59 am

    Peace would mean that we can stop the economic drain of war that is bankrupting this nation. It would mean that we would reestablish national morals and help the citzens of this nation that are in great need.

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    Ann Steldt on June 23, 2011 at 8:00 am

    No Fear

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    Sheryl Gibson on June 23, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Peace is to wake each day free of fear, filled with hope rather than hopelessness. Peace is knowing you have the capability of providing for the needs of your children, having access to clean water and food. Peace is being a part of a community, where wellness exists,

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    Carl Roof on June 23, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Peace means harmonious relationships with all those about and around you. It is a conscious effort you make to be in relationship.

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    Leonard Saari on June 23, 2011 at 8:02 am

    “Peace” is a multi-layered word: 1) The end of war; 2) The end of human exploitation; 3) The rule of law; 4) The rule of compassion; 5) The rule of common sense; 6) The Golden Rule.

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    C. Yetter on June 23, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Peace means being able to live your life without undo interfearence or fear of such. It means being able to raise you children in your own relegion and code of values, as long as doing so causes no harm to them.

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    mily Dehuff on June 23, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Freedom from fear … one of FDR’s great Four Freedoms … being safe from the threat of violence.

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    Rhonda Holt on June 23, 2011 at 8:04 am

    To me, peace is more than the simple absence of active war or dispute. Peace is a confident feeling of security and safety brought about by understanding, compassion, and cooperation, if not outright collaboration. Peace is a state brought about by deliberate, daily, and consistent cultivation of positive and mutually beneficial interactions.

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    Robert Barnett on June 23, 2011 at 8:05 am

    The best education for ALL. Real Democracy with NO corporate lobbyists. Real campaign finance reform. Equality for ALL, True justice for ALL. RESPONSIBLE capitalism. Freedom from violence and fear. Freedom of religion and from religion.

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    Kathie Felter on June 23, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Getting to know a person as a human so you see the similarities instead of the differences. Using funds to heal and educate rather than destroy and kill. My prayer is to have it ONE day.

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    Paul McNaull on June 23, 2011 at 8:13 am

    The presence of universal acceptance and respect. A spirit of cooperation and forgiveness.

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    Lew Welge on June 23, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s reminder “peace is not the absence of conflict, rather the presence of justice,” is the best definition I’ve read/seen. And President Carter’s efforts to bring justice to war torn nations/communities is a truly magnificent calling. Thank you, sooooo much, sir!

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    Kamieka Gabriel on June 23, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Peace means never having to live in fear.

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    Joseph Rudmin on June 23, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Peace is Jesus’ gift of comfort and confidence, to those who love and obey him. (John 14:27)

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    Kim Wilczyk on June 23, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Treat others as you would like to be treated.

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    Kim Allen on June 23, 2011 at 8:21 am

    I believe that peace is the inner sense of stillness, confidence, and tranquility one develops when there is no loss, pain, or brutality. Peacefulness is knowing that a person is safe from harm, injury, and pain from forces beyond ones control. Living peacefully is having one’s needs meet and having no hunger, war, or exploitation. Creating peace is finding one’s spirit in the midst of turmoil, suffering, and pain. True peace is feeling pure love and having no fear alone, in a crowd or with one’s higher power.

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    William Helm on June 23, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Peace can mean resolving a problem within your own family. Once that has been done then we can move out to our neighborhoods, towns, cities, states and country. Without resolving our own personal problems and differences there can be no peace throughout the world. Finally, peace is the acceptance of all the differnces we encounter!

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    Mahlet Tebeka on June 23, 2011 at 8:22 am

    sense of security, safety and comfort

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    Ruth Salinger on June 23, 2011 at 8:22 am

    “Peace” is the process that assures and preserves the dignity and security of evey human being.

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    Emily Dale on June 23, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Respecting the rights of all others, universal brotherhood and sisterhood, expressing love and understanding to all, including those with whom we do not agree, walking our talk.

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    Sieglinde Gassman on June 23, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Being able to anticipate the future without fear.

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    Susan Perz on June 23, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Peace means healthy families, communities, environments, and nations in nonviolent collaboration with each other. Peace means respect for human rights and the differences of others, especially women, children, the mentally or physically ill or disabled, and the elderly. Peace means full employment, universal public healthcare, decent housing, safe neighborhoods, parks, and healthy local/global ecologies. Peace means fair trade, respect for indigenous communities and their knowledge, and dismantling of the global corporate monopoly structure and its global sweatshop mentality, transforming the industries that support the basic needs of life like food, medical, pharmaceutical, low-cost housing, and energy to nonprofits, eliminating fossil nuclear fuels, elminating nuclear weapons and weapons spending globally, democracies with active global citizens & nonviolent change. Peace means love in action and respect for the world’s religions. Peace means God loves and blesses everybody and we should do the same.

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    Jessie Close on June 23, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Peace means the absence of fear, war and hatred.

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    Brendan Lee on June 23, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Knowing peace starts within ones own soul and translates into everyday life. Peace is a daily practice of mindfulness and state of being. When it comes to family, communities, a nation & countries, the planet. It is acting locally & thinking globally. Building allies with people who are like minded & different than ourselves. Reaching out to those in need. Making yourself available, just listening, smiling at a passing stranger, saying thank you.

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    Robert Roughton III on June 23, 2011 at 8:25 am

    It means all nations, particularly ours, which has the greatest power to inspire and enforce peaceful changes,respecting the sovereignty of other nations and the human rights of every single individual in the world.

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    Karen Parks on June 23, 2011 at 8:25 am

    The ability to live without fear and the confidence to raise children who will also be able todo so.

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    Jean Naples on June 23, 2011 at 8:26 am

    The ability for citizens in each country around the world to live in harmony as they work as a group in programs to benefit their families, country and the environment.

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    Donna Moody on June 23, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Peace means believing what you feel is right without having to justify it, or explain it to someone else who thinks they are the only person who understands peace. Peace is participating in movements or beliefs that others don’t feel the need to spend their time trying to harass or threaten you to discard those beliefs. Peace is accepting your fellow man for what he is. Not you, but a person.

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    Mark Holmgren on June 23, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Peace means an inner expansive conciousness that recognizes itself in all it meets…….therefore envoirnmental, economic, and social justice are far more than concepts.

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    Joyce Placito on June 23, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Understanding that all humans came from the same place in the world at the dawn of man. To respect instead of fight, to empathize rather than crtiicize.

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    Phil Crabill on June 23, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Freedom to go about your life without interference from others unless you are doing something that harms them. Democratically elected leaders who establish rules of behavior that protect the citizens from interference from others in a fair and caring way.

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    Mark Holdom on June 23, 2011 at 8:29 am

    education, forgiveness and love, and a lifetime commitment to give the best possible of yourself with the interests of others always in your mind and heart

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    Christian Vesper on June 23, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Peace means loving all things unconditionally!

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    Michael Kayutak on June 23, 2011 at 8:31 am

    If there’s no conflict there will be peace. Why even bother going to war especially these wars we’re in now? It’s senseless. I’d rather have peace than go into all these wars.

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    John Folger on June 23, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Peace without justice and respect for human rights is fragile and unsustainable. Peace is important both between countries, and is even more important within each country. Peace requires the rule of law rather than the rule of individual power. Peace also requires ongoing concern for the poor and the “least of these.”

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    Ronald Constable on June 23, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Peace means living without fear – of your own government, any other nation, or of your own neighbors.

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    Paul Fried on June 23, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Peace means living without fear. Without fear that you will be attacked physically or have to fend off verbal/emotional assaults. It means knowing your loved ones will have access to the means to sustain them; nutritional food, clean water and air, and access to good medical care should bad things happen.

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    marguerite-marie galipeau on June 23, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Peace, for me, is that social condition that allows one to walk freely in this world without constantly being preoccupied with survival. It is also that individual condition that allows one to enjoy silence and feel fulfilled instead of being in a void or suffused with anxiety. In the first definition, it requires good government, protective of individual rights and favorable to social programs such as education for everyone and medical help for all. It is based on equality before the law and equal opportunities. In the second definition, it requires a happy childhood, loving parents and spiritual values. ….I have a question for you: why do you want to know what peace means to me? what do you intend to do with my answer?…I will await your response.

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    Steven Chan on June 23, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Peace is the state of being relaxed, being calm, and being sensible. Disappearance of conflict is impossible. However, conflict will be kept to a minimum when in a world that is filled with peaceful people as sensible and calm people understands unneccessary conflict is destructive.

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    James Arinaitwe on June 23, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Peace: The ability to carry out your day to day business without fear of any form of terror either from government or any entity, and the availability of opportunities to dream, to follow your dreams, hopes, talents, visions and explore them to wherever you desire without being hampered by systems that marginalize those dreams, hopes, visions to the point where one feels that they are no longer free to exercise their right to life, liberty and the passuit of harmony.

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    n sr on June 23, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Peace means decency. Justice through dignity, respect ,responsibility. The Golden Rule.’”.. love one another”‘.. -george harrison, {‘ I give you one more commandment{ love one another as I have loved you} -Jesus Christ”} Peace means no military engagements because of successful dignified peaceful diplomacy.. something close to President Carters’ term. Peace means not opening up the paper to the front page to see ‘Nations’ nuclear Plants’ a dereliction of duty. Peace means a pentagon/ intelligence budget that reflects competency not of weaponry – rather of capacity to resolve situations through civil mature reason; through an exchange of discipline.

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    Gary Saso on June 23, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Peace is an attitude of oneness that binds us all together. Peace is an absence of boundary lines that divide us into warring factions. Peace is an attitude of acceptance that values the richness of our diversity. Peace is an absence of an “us vs. them” mentality. Peace is an attitude of cooperation that takes many paths toward common goals. Peace is an absence of competition that seeks gain at the expense of others. Peace is an attitude of sharing equitably the riches of earth. Peace is an absence of greed that ends in scandalous wealth for a few and unspeakable poverty for many. Peace is an attitude of respect for the limits of nature’s resources. Peace is an absence of ignorance and shortsightedness that selfishly plunders earth’s plenty. Peace is an attitude of recognition that no problem is truly solved without mutual consensus. Peace is an absence of violence in the resolution of all differences. Peace is an attitude of love. Peace is an absence of hate.

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    John D’Ambra on June 23, 2011 at 8:37 am

    PEACE, to me, means to live ones life without fear. To be able to concentrate on living not worried about things that cannot be controlled. PEACE means to wake up without anxiety about “what is going to happen next” and to close one’s eyes at the end of the day with a smile inside. And PEACE means to try in some small way to BE like two of the most beautiful people in the world; in spirit and in their actions for those in pain-PRESIDENT AND MRS. CARTER…

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    Kevin Bayhouse on June 23, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Peace is when I know that nations aspire to become cooperative collectives vs ambitious and selfish empires. It’s when people realize that economies of material accumulation and money hoarding are obsolete. It’s when people absolutely understand that social property and private property can be mutually coexistent in the interests of everyone. It is a balance of the individual and the collective. It is when truth and important information is democratic, not trademarked. It is knowing that I am important enough to deserve a doctor’s service without having to rob a bank for a dollar just to get arrested so I can see the prison doctor.

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    Jim Massey on June 23, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Peace is not the absence of war just as health is not the absence of disease. It is a way of being that begins within. As long as there is big money to be made from warring, those in power will find a way to rationalize a reason to keep the military industrial complex fully operational. Peace is a viable alternative that offers a far better “value” for our well being. Peace is indeed the answer!

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    Bob Jorgensen on June 23, 2011 at 8:39 am

    To have Peace there must be an understanding of what will happen in the future. Rule of Law makes it so we know what our actions will bring. Being able to have a voice in what the equitable laws of the land will say adds to a feeling of Peace.

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    Tom Perryman on June 23, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Living without fear of any group or nation and with the expectation of respect to and from every single person.

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    Mohammad Shiravi on June 23, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Peace is love,is giving,is freedom,is treatment ,is cure and it makes you feel good if somehow you try to find it.

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    Donna Saylor on June 23, 2011 at 8:40 am

    To me, peace is being a friend to every living thing on this earth. To help, not harm, to feed, not starve, and to share your love and kindness to all beings.

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    Stephen Mead on June 23, 2011 at 8:42 am

    There cannot be peace without freedom. PE-ACE. The PE is for people who help the needy-they are truly the ACE in PEACE !

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    Franz Wolff on June 23, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Peace is the absence of conflict and the right of all individuals to live together without conflict.

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    Babajide Puddicombe on June 23, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Peace goes far beyond the absence of war. It is a state of social stability achieved by a sense of job security to the employed and availability of jobs for the unemployed, the ability of families to have a meaningful existence and the provision by the government, of the basic necessities of life ie power, water, efficient health services, good roads and security of lives and properties.

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    abdoelmoniem attaelmnan on June 23, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    peace is the situation that you feel no fear in your food,health, freedom, faith, social life, culture and political participation.

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    Cara Polk on June 23, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Peace means a state of love and sharing where each person wats the best for every other person. It is more than a world without weapons. It is a world where people help and hope and realize dreams and work and play together. Where everybody matters.

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    Jeanette Moen on June 23, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I am so pleased that you are doing all that you do, and have been doing since your duty as President ended. So many people seem to be working with Habitate for Humanity too. I am sure that all your organization has been doing in Africa has shown how we in the U.S. care for them, by supporting it’s activities. Learning more about each other, socially, religiously, customs, etc. will bring peace to us all. Thanks again!

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    Roberta Lamons on June 23, 2011 at 8:51 am

    My beautiful Cambodian students wrote about the importance of Peace, but I didn’t know how much it meant until their father came to the parent-teacher conference. His face was crisscrossed with scars, one eye was closed, and one arm hung wrongly. He and his family had escaped the Kmer Rouge. Even the roughest part of San Jose was peaceful.

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    Peg McComb-Elowski on June 23, 2011 at 8:51 am

    “Peace is more than the absence of war. There is an inner peace that comes from personal security and personal freedom. Peace also includes the sense of a mother and father that their children will live, that they’ll have food for them to eat, and that they won’t be subject to a lifetime of suffering that could have been prevented.” — Jimmy Carter I think that Jimmy said it all: ‘Peace’ is freedom from Terror, economic terror, “religious bigotry,” disease, and oppression.

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    Maria Rodriguez on June 23, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Peace to me means that people have basic comforts such as a safe and healthy place to live, enough food to be nutritionally healthy, a basic education of life-skills such as how to read and write, and how to budget and participate in the community, just laws that are fair and accessible regardless of position in life, cooperation with your neighbors based on mutual respect and not on fear—in fact, I would summarize peace as living and growing from a love-based instead of a fear based environment with a respect for human dignity for all.

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    Luther E. Franklin on June 23, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Recognition that no human being should pretend to speak for God or attempt to impose his or her personal religious beliefs upon others. Recognition that both Global Warming and he Exponential Explosion of the Human Population are already disasters in the making, and are occurring because of scientific ignorance. Understanding that we should help each other learn and acquire a reasonable standard of living instead of taking advantage of each other.

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    OLDA RIVERA on June 23, 2011 at 8:53 am

    FOR ME PEACE, IS HAVE TO JESUSCHRIST IN THE HEART. THE LORD IS THE WAY, THE TRUST AND THE LIFE…GOD BLESS YOU. I WISH TO JESUS IN EVERY HEART OF EVERY HUMAN IN THE WORLD..AMEN,AMEN.

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    BABAJIDE PUDDICOMBE on June 23, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Peace goes far beyond the absence of war. It is a state of social stability, achieved by a sense of equal rights and justice for all citizens, job security to the employed and availability of jobs for the unemployed, ability of a family to have a meaningful existence and the provision by the government, of the basic necessities of life i.e. shelter, power supply, water, efficient health services, good roads and security of lives and properties.

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    Bj Honeycutt on June 23, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Thank you President Carter for asking this very important and extremely thought provoking question. Peace is one of those words that often defy description we know what it feels like but somehow words seem inadequate. Personally, I think peace is relative and depends to a large degree on ones immediate circumstance. For example if you are hungry and someone gives you a meal it may bring such immediate relief and comfort to your body and soul that for a moment there may be a disconnect from the conflict that the hunger has caused. At another extreme, one may suddenly find relief from an injustice such as homelessness, abandonment, war or physical or emotional abuse. In each case there is relief and or escape from some type of conflict. If there is a belief that the conflict will not likely return there is perhaps a deeper more calm abiding peace. Peace can be freedom from injustice whether it is hunger or abuse. Perhaps we may not feel at peace because of the boredom or uncertainty that is occurring in our minds; i.e. living in a state of fear whether it is real or perceived. I would assert that in order to experience the feeling of peace we must know the experience of conflict. The latter does not imply the need for intentional conflict. Peace may arise when one feels that conflict or injustice is being addressed in other words someone has shown an interest in resolving the conflict or injustice. It is also possible to experience peace while in a state of conflict. It is also very difficult to feel at peace with oneself when others around us are suffering and yet at the same time we must find peace within ourselves in order to share it with others. Perhaps it is like love we can’t possibly share it until we find it within our self. Peace and love are birthrights. We all come into the world with each and our environment either nurtures or suppresses them. In summary there is an internal peace calm abiding within the freedom of my personal will to survive and an outer peace where the world at large is having a similar experience. My personal hope is that we will all discover our individual birthrights of love, peace, and goodness and find a way to nurture this in each other. It is difficult for me to imagine a world without war or conflict and yet easy to visualize us loving and having compassion for one another. BJ Honeycutt Peace begins in individual hearts and ripples out.

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    Joanne Groshardt on June 23, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Having a woman in the Presidential, VP, and every House and Senate seat.

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    Susan Schaller on June 23, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Everyday, I see more clearly what Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. saw: Warriors for Peace are those who see all in all, willing to die for the Beloved Community. Our love for humanity dictates all the choices we make every minute, training us to pass up temporary pleasures for lasting love and peace. Winning this internal war leads to winning all wars.

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    Joel Kriofske on June 23, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Peace means accepting the true definition of America (or that of any society); the definition of nation is a body politic, a population of human beings, who share a moral or legal right to belong to its citizenship. It does NOT mean merely republican or democrat, rich or poor, privileged or less than privileged. It’s all about people; yes, perhaps by extension a body politic who embrace a common constitution and rule of law, but nonetheless all of us, all American citizens. When we can all accept the true definition of nationhood, when we can all begin a dialogue toward accepting one another as having diverse backgrounds and ideas — but with an extraordinarily simple commonality, namely humanity — then we can collectively pursue not merely the accepted values of peace, but the fact of it, individually and collectively.

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    Jon Anderholm on June 23, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    I had a wonderful bumper sticker… peace is disarming…. a beautiful play on words… the absence of violence…. working for justice…

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    Maureen Schmid on June 23, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Peace means an energized citizenry who care about their fellow citizens and work for the benefit of all, expecially to ensure integrity, transparency, and competence in government. The entire society supports the education of all citizens so that all may be so energized and engaged. Across national boundaries, peace requires foresight and long-term vision.

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    Carmen Goodhue on June 23, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Mainly, NO WARS! The money wasted can be used to help those more affected by them: so many children orphaned, families of soldiers who have died, soldiers who have been maimed. Health care for all.

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    Eric Ruth on June 23, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    I despair. Born 10-1-40, I’m 70. U.S. has been in a state of war all my life. No real peace. I’d settle for no acts of war — Afghan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, Columbia — Even that is never going to happen in my lifetime.

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    Carol Griesemer on June 23, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    It begins with personal security based in the faith that I am beloved of God and from there includes just and compassionate relations with the earth and people, along with efforts to work for that condition with passion and integrity.

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    James Flanagan on June 23, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Peace with life, earth, all things within self, and outside self is what I think enables one to be happy and healthy. So, peace can be what all people should work toward.

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    Jeanie Rosenthal on June 23, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Please, please find a way to help end (now) the attack on Libya (not to mention the attack on the Constitution of the United States of America). I would be happy to send a contribution toward that effort. Thank you.

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    BAOMI WATSON on June 23, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    WHAT IS PEACE? BLESSED ASSURANCE– A FEELING OF SAFE AND SOUND. A WELL LIT PLACE– NO SHADOWS LINGERING. A SWEET MELODY IN THE AIR– A FAMILIAR TUNE HUMMING. KNOWING GIVING LOVE– THE MORE YOU GIVE THE MORE THERE IS TO GIVE. PROMISES OF HOPE AND NO FEAR THERE. DR. BAOMI 6-23-11

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    Frankie Holland on June 23, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    What peace means to me is the ability for people of every race and nation come together with mutual respect for one another regardless of differences of opinion on religion or political affilation, and agree to disagree without humiliation, exploitation and military retaliation.

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    Brig Latif on June 23, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Peace means every body minding his/her own business and no negative interference in others’ lives, beliefs and practices.

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    Richard Hudson on June 23, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    The better question is what does “freedom” mean. I don’t think that in the U.S.A. we can truly have peace without freedom. Peace is something I have because I’m free to worship my creator, my God. I have peace in all situations, whether at war, whether I’m going through hard times, whether I’m sick, or whether I like or dislkie the political situation because I have my Jesus. Without my freedom to worship, without having to feel like I’m offending someone else, I would not have peace.

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    Roseann Sholanich on June 23, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    That all people will get along with each other and help when there is a problem, especially families.

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    Richard Forbis on June 23, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    In my 6th grade classroom, my calendar bulletin board always had the title, “Peace, Justice, Dignity for All.” The words “Peace” and “Justice” come as a pair from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer. As a teacher, I created a community of learners within the environment that my bulletin board title reflected. Harmony existed most of the time, despite the posturing for social position that middle schoolers typically get into. Peace for me involves the intentionality that “justice and dignity for all” implies. Sheryl Forbis, retired 6th grade teacher and current Board Chair for the Augustine Literacy Project in Chapel Hill, NC (a training program for volunteers who help low-income children struggling with reading).

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    Mort Mazaheri on June 23, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    It means no bloodshed, no hunger, no discrimination because of gender or race. It means no terrorism, bullying and forcing persons or group to follow one line of thought. It means compassion, consideration and respect for the rights of all human beings.

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    Sandrea Wood on June 23, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Living in harmony with one’s fellow humans and with the fauna and flora which populate our home Earth. Nature’s way is to encourage diversity, and that should be our roadmap to peace among ourselves.

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    Deb McMahon on June 23, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Peace to me is very personal. it means that you are living without conflict in your home, your school and your community. It means that you are able to find inner peace so you can reach out and make a difference with others. Peace should be the goal of every human being for all. It is not only achievable but necessary.

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    Diane Hejl on June 23, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    What “Peace” Means to Me, Means that everyone accepts all for who they are and not fighting about one religion/place, etc is better than another. In Gods eyes we are all equal. Peace brings to mind the feeling of being happy.

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    Joseph Vincent on June 23, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Strict birth control, environmental protection, strong oversite of industry and armies, non-privately-financed elections, respect for UN-accepted national borders and boundary waters, no nuclear weapons, no children soldiers, no wars, no more major dams on rivers, no organized religion, and lots of common sense.

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    Sarah Flanagan on June 23, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Peace is an environment that allows and encourages each individual to reach his or her potential without disruption. In my mind potential refers to a positive contribution to the community: a grandfather teaching his grandson how to sew seeds, a woman sharing her musical talents, or a young entrepreneur focusing her/his dynamic energy into something that will change the world. Of course people find peace on their own, existing outside social spheres or even any community. Even in solitary existence, people can find inner peace by reaching a spiritual potential. Peace is the simple non-entity that acts as a canvas for individuals and experiences to create upon.

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    Stefan Kozinski on June 23, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    There is no peace in a community without general well-being of all its members. The Carter Center understands this principle, and without being able to contribute directly and palpably to its cause, I am deeply moved and impressed by the great hand it takes to transform squalor into healthy infrastructure.

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    Nezer Khan on June 23, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    A World without end… A World where no one dies because someone is trying to kill them. A World where you don’t have to rob and steal lie or cheat to get food. A World with Shelter from the elements, and poisons that are spewd into or environment. That’s the kind of World I would like to see… Then maybe, someone in this World could live in Peace…

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    John Bozeman on June 23, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    There are moments when you are able to look beyond the daily struggle and appreciate the human miracle and your part in it

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    Patrick Connolly on June 23, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    I am an Irish man of plus 50 years of age, reared and educated in the south of Ireland that has known “peace” since it’s foundation in 1922. I am married to a woman who was reared and educated in Northern Ireland and who knew what it was as a Catholic to be viewied and treated as a second class citizen. “Peace” arrived in Northern Ireland after many years of hatred, unspeakable atrocities from both sides and the collective view of visionary people who believed that there had to be a better way, that there was a better way…… In Dublin we have a place called ” The Garden of Remembrance” which is dedicated to our patriot dead, those who fought and died in our struggle for independence against the British Empire. It is a very serene and beautiful place, a fitting place to remember the fallen, similar I’m sure to all such places in all countries who wish to remember and commemerate those who have given the ultimate sarcifice for thier nation. Our struggle for independence began when Britain was involved in “The Great War” WW1 and their difficulty became our opportunity…a tactic which can be justified on military grounds but has been difficult to justify by our British neighbors who saw it as the ultimate betrayal, to have struck when they were weak was not just treason of the highest order but was beyond forgiveness…. Last May 2011 saw Queen Elizebeth II visit the Republic of Ireland, the first British Monarch to visit these shores since our independence and part of her itinary was to visit “The Garden of Remembrance” to lay a wreath in respect of those who fought against her country and her subjects. I witnessed a scene which I thought I would never witness, a British monarch visiting our country and paying homage to our patriot dead in a very visible bowing of her head after placing the wreath…..what is “peace”? That gesture, that symbolism was a very emotional moment, one that caught in the throat and hurt and begged to be relieved by crying out for all the hurt, for all the pain, that had gone before,…a simple bowing of the head, a gesture of respect and of peace. What is “peace”?…respect for each other, respect for our cultures and traditions, respect for those who have paid the ultimate price in defence of those cultures and traditions..a simple bowing of the head. The following day our President, Mary McAleese, visited the war memorial in the Phoenix Park to honour those Irishmen who had fallen in defence of the British Empire and the defence of her allies in The Great War, an equally symbolic and emotional moment in our journey towards “peace”. I think as a nation we have achieved peace, true peace and we can only grow stronger from here.. Pat

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    Lyle Remington on June 23, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Every day I pray that I realize God’s peace. I pray that I experience it within myself, my family & friends, my communities, my nation and world. I believe the levels of peace that I do experience are the gift of God, nothing that I earned or am entitled to. To the degree that there is no peace at whatever level I believe that I am responsible to open the channels of peace.

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    Victor Miyamoto on June 23, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Peace means NO WAR ,NO CRIME,NO POVERTY and NO ILLNESS.

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    Ernst Winkler on June 23, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Peace means for me the coexistence of human beings of all races, creeds, nationalities and ideologies without afflicting physical harm or death to your fellow human beings. In addition it means to me that I am at peace with myself be it as a believer, skeptic or even restless searcher for wisdom and insight in the laws of nature. From this results the desire for a structured order,in which I can be different. I also see tolerance as the most important ingredient for a peace between nations and individuals. I do not think that proselyting nations for our form of democracy does promote peace.

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    James Herne on June 23, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Being able to live on my Social Security without fear of losing my benefits to the industrial war lords.

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    Donald Bungum on June 23, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    It means a much better living situation for thousands of people. Please continue your fine work.

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    Kyriakos Michaelides on June 23, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Waking up every morning and feeling secure. No one will threaten me or my family. No one will take of destroy my property. No one will force me to think or say what I think is not the correct thing. Having food on the table for me and my family. Having the basic health care for me and my family. For all these I am willing to pay my fair share of taxes.

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    Vera Martin on June 23, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    To me peace means we sit down and talk through our differences. No more wars, please, communication does work. We need to respect all humanity, stop the racial hate and resentment, learn languages, and cultures different than ours. If you are religious respect all religions, not just yours. Diverse cultures are really exciting. I’m really fed up with the hate and the wars. Come on people, we can do better than this.

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    Nancy Cytron on June 23, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Peace, to me, means valuing every single living thing. It means coming from a compassionate viewpoint on all matters, responding with kindness, always walking in the ‘others’ shoes. It is caring because this is the only way to be alive.

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    Fred Rodriguez on June 23, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Peace comes from within. Peace comes from the knowledge of the presence of God in each of us. One can be in the midst of turmoil and still remain at peace.

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    Mathew Driscoll on June 23, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Peace to me means we, all nations, people can stand together for a common cause. It means that we may believe in our own saviour. Also a place where we(all people) can trust their governments. If there were to be a war, I would hope that it is all people standing against their governments when we find that our government is not being true to us.

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    Barbara Eickhoff on June 23, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    A world without war. No discrimination for anyone – regardless of sexual orientation! A world without hate.

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    Kimberly Owens on June 23, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    To me, peace means not having to have self defenses on high alert and being able to enjoy myself.

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    Christina Frias on June 23, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    PEACE TO MEANS TO BE FREE TO EXPRESS MYSELF IN PUBLIC OR IN WRITING WITHOUT FEAR OF BEING SILENCED, REPRISAL OR IMPRISONED.. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS IS NOT TRUE IN MANY COUNTRIES..

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    Deacon,Raymond E. Johns on June 23, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    “Peace” is the wholesomeness of GOD.without Him, there is no “Peace”.

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    Tallie M. & Bob Moore-Bush on June 23, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    1. Absence of War
    2. Prevailing Peace
    3. Co-operation from neighborhoods to cities to states to nations
    4. Harmony among races and cultures that are not there yet
    5. SHARING WEALTH AND RESOURCES
    6. End poverty through education
    7. Safe Cities
    8. Reduced Military
    9. Enlgage young people in their communities and common futures.
    10. Responsibile parenting
    11. Reduced military spending
    12. Greater spending on the aforementioned causes……….
    13. Universal Health Care

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    Debbie McGee on June 23, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Getting along with all cultures no matter your religious beliefs and their way of life. Everyone should be respected, no matter what. It is what I call being human and not a hater.

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    John Lang on June 23, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Peace is an engagement of individuals and communities in daily works that offer the greatest benefits to mankind. Peace is present when true knowledge of differences result in political and social resolutions of harmony.

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    Elgrit Russell on June 23, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Peace to me is loving and being loved by your family and close friends; a job in which you feel secure and appreciated and in which you receive a decent, fair wage; a nice home to live in which is clean and in a safe neighborhood; the right to move freely within your country or community; freedom to believe in and practice your religion; sufficient food on the table so everyone can eat without fear or starvation; kindness among neighbors; knowing your country is safe from invasion without wars; and, last, but not least, compassion and kindness towards all living creatures, whether pets or wildlife. That to me is true Peace

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    Cheikh El Moctar on June 23, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Peace means safety from war, poverty, sickness, ignorance.

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    Ria Tanz Kubota on June 23, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Peace means decent food, clean free water,decent housing, and relatively safe surroundings for all including the natural world. Peace means knowing no one will shoot you, raid your home, take your possessions and furthermore it means an infrastructure that supports all. Peace means you will be valued whether rich or poor, “normal” or “insane”, hale and whole or sick and disabled; it means that there is clean air, water, food, trees, and flowers for all. Peace!

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    Roxanne Bischoff on June 23, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Peace, to me, is both internal and external. It is in our relationships: within ourselves, within our communities, within our world. It is a common respect for the other (or the self), a mutual understanding that we are here on this earth together, for a limited time, and we want to do all we can do enjoy it and let others do the same. The belief that we will not taint our relatively brief time here with promoting acts that may inflict pain on another sentient being. And furthermore that peace is not only attainable but a human right which everyone should feel within themselves and around themselves. Peace, to me, is of the utmost importance and the highest cause worth fighting for. Not literally fighting though of course because that would be counterproductive! Peace is everything.

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    Kathy Hersh on June 23, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Peace to me means the absence of war anywhere on the earth and people devoting resources to making sure that all people everywhere have enough food, shelter, and live in stable communities devoid of civil unrest. When women, children and the elderly are as respected as male working age men, I imagine the entire world will feel a lot more peaceful. When the concept of non-violence ceases to threaten people in power but is instead embraced as a means of achieving equity for all people, we will have peace.

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    Gwenn Meltzer on June 23, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Peace means Safety and Respect for All Life, every Life .. All Life deserves to be Safe, Respected and Free. Freedoms and Rights have Responsibilities first, then the Promise that each of us watch over each other.. and all that is Life around us .. when Trust is established, we’ll have Peace.

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    Judy Kenny on June 23, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Peace on earth, good will to all; we must respect, honor, support one another’s growth toward true peace on earth..Peace begins within each of us and activates between each of us…I have lived and worked worldwide the last 25 years (not done yet hallejuah!!) and through mutual respect, kindness, generosity of heart and mind as well as material issues I found peace everywhere..from Asia to south America to Egypt, Israel, India, etc. etc. etc….always i found peace among and between myself and all with whom I worked and/or spent time.Always I was received with loving kindness..even in the poorest nations on earth….hearts open to open hearted individuals and mutual respect generates peace and joy among and between all. Leave judgment behind and also practicing forgiveness is a vital aspect of creating peace on earth.

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    Philip Laporta on June 23, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    When we all embrace the inter-relatedness of all of humanity, and humanity with the rest of nature.

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    Goran Blomberg on June 23, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    For me it means, in part, opportunity to pursue something better than sipping iced tea and playing shuffleboard in my retirement years. I earned a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology at Michigan State University (1990); however a bad economy has made positions in this field nearly impossible to get, and hostility toward positions of an environmental nature in Congress meant that a biologist position ($30,000/yr) for which I was a finalist was frozen. But now I have found research I can conduct, which cannot be taken away from me. If I can spend several more years on this project, peace is definitely mine.

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    Marjorie Cuffy on June 23, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Peace is understanding and accepting our universal sameness and differences as children of God , while fulfilling and achieving our potential to strengthen the love that is ours to give.

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    Timothy Bing on June 23, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    People to be free in the real sense. Countries are free to have the governments they desire as long as it is beneficial to the people without “foreign” interferance. A new system in this country where war is not the prime mover and exploitation is not the norm. And the declaration of human rights is obeyed by ALL.

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    Robert Moeller on June 23, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Peace means the lack of any type of conflict with everyone having all they need to live healthy productive lives.

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    Deborah Chaudhary on June 23, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    I want to believe that for every tear shed, by a loss. for all the wars yesterday, today and tomorrow, for every person who wanted change, for all the people wanting freedom. I believe that the one word that helps me is hope. when I see children of all races, color, religion, playing together, I know that they are the future, I hope they learn from us, that all people of this world deserves life, happiness, peace, and hope.

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    Ruth Costa on June 23, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Peace, to me, means that people and nations get along, and share common goals. This would create a state of peace of mind, which in turn, would give us all the freedom to be ourselves and to give of ourselves, with no reservations and no fear. How much I wish this for mankind!

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    Karen Stephenson on June 23, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Peace means the absence of crime and hatred, the presence of freedom, and the respect that all people deserve as well as human dignity.

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    Dan Stubbs on June 23, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Peace: a state of tranquillity or quiet … a state of security or order … a state of harmony between individuals or groups … freedom from strife … Peace is something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give. It is the only battle worth waging.

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    Lorre Mendelson on June 23, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    I love the song, Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me, I believe peace begins inside each of us, self-love and acceptance. When shared with others there is no more tolerance of each other, rather a genuine love and joy in being with others.

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    Janet Stephens on June 23, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    People working together to build up, not tear down.

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    Tamara Hollins on June 23, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Peace means the self-knowledge and the self-acceptance to be able to truly know and accept others.

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    Jeff Lyles on June 23, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Peace is the same as love. I believe that peace is a strength. Some people like to say we are weak when we show compassion and love. But, love and compassion is peace. The fact that some people think that war us a strength shows they are dyslexic about war and peace. They think that killing is a form of strength when it is a weakness. It is like the old adage that anyone can pull a trigger and kill a person, but it takes real strength and a since of peace to be able to put your life on the line to save someone. To rush into a raging fire to save someone takes the type of peace which is above understanding. It is the type of peace mention in the bible by Jesus. Peace is the presents you fill when you are saving someone and helping someone. Peace is the force that lets you turn the other cheek when someone slaps you. It is the force that is far greater then the primal instinct of killing and fighting. It is the force that shows character of people. It is the force that lets nations work out problems before war happens. It is force that makes nations want to make war no more and be in harmony with other nations instead of killing their people.

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    Frederic Gerber on June 23, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    In addition to an absence of war, peace means an absence of fear in ones daily life. And an absence of want.

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    Sandra Mogg on June 23, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Peace is having all your basic needs met and living without conflict.

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    Maryann Merendino on June 23, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Peace is the feeling that children and adults are safe, that actions are kind, that humor is not hurtful, and that comments are complimentary. Peace is that inner calm that no matter what, a person continues to do the next right thing.

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    Kathleen Mendola on June 23, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Contentment and hope that life will be good, in harmony with those around me.

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    Kay Pitstick on June 23, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    The absence of conflict or violence in one’s live and environment which is the precedent for security and hope for the future.

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    Elizabeth Stone on June 23, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    No war. Sharing education and helping — not bombing anyone.

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    Bob Duke on June 23, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    No fear of war.

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    Deborah Shade on June 23, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Peace is being able to hear the crickets and nothing else.

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    Margaret Hubbert on June 23, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Peace means an inner sense that no matter what happens, you will be ok. It means to have a sense that all people around the world will have the same chance to experience this kind of peace. Also, it means that for outward peace, all must have the opportunities to have food, shelter, adequate education opportunities, opportunities to make one’s own choices in life, and to realize our responsibility to look out for each other wherever and whenever it is needed.

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    Leonora Jordan on June 23, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Peace means to me that people are allowed to be what they are meant to be and not subject to uncalled-for rules telling them that they can’t do this or that and for this “reason” or another. It means that all are treated equally and fairly and everyone has an equal opportunity to do as they want with their lives, as long as it doesn’t hurt themselves or others. It means no poverty and discrimination and that everyone has enough money for everything.

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    Kathleen Morand on June 23, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Peace means living in harmony with all humanity. Accepting the diverse nature of others without judgement. Allowing all others to travel the path they are most comfortable.

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    James Berbiglia on June 23, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Peace…shalom…salaam…means the normal and natural state of human life under God in which righteousness and justice and mercy “kiss each other.” It is the ideal state defining successful civilization, reached by recognizing our being one family of man respecting each other’s differences, negotiating borders, trade, and mutual well being. It allows open borders, free trade, a way to share the bounty and ways to police those who will not live in peace. Peace requires that every person take responsibility for her/his place in society and to unite with others to bring an end to wars, a drastic reduction in arms, and a future of blessing each other with the freedom to live and worship as one pleases.

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    Janice Krizek on June 23, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Peace is in the center. Peace is personal equilibrium, the middle way, harmony with everyone, harmony with everything. Peace is silence. Peace on Earth is a gift of Divine Grace. Peace is the absence of that which infringes our freedom and the wisdom to appreciate the preciousness of our freedom. Peace is wanting this freedom for everyone and everything.

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    Ann Tibbot on June 23, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Peace is not just absence of war, it is love and compassion towards all people. It is also assisting others meet their basic needs and advocating for those who are oppressed or marginalized.

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    Claudia Williams on June 23, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Accepting what you don’t always agree with or understand about another person or way of life.

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    Linda Svenneby on June 23, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Peace to me means living life without fear, trusting our Creator to be in charge of our lives.

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    Sumi Jayaraman on June 23, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Peace is to respect a fellow human being, be willing to listen to another view point and work towards perservation of the balance of natural resources on earth.

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    John Hill on June 23, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    No more wars. Freedom for all gay lesbian bi transgender people thru out the world. Keep the world free for all people. Poor and wealthy alike.

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    Barbara Lynch on June 23, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Peace means that the people’s lives, the places that they know and value and the ecosystems on which they depend are free from dangers posed by warfare and by landscape destruction resulting from reckless development and the diversion of valued resources from those whose lives and livelihoods depend upon them to those who would use them for gain.

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    Ann Hadfield on June 23, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    The name Jimmy Carter means peace to me. No one has done more to help the peoples of the world make peace. We are so lucky to have this wonderful human being.

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    Roland Neal on June 23, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    The end of conflict. Personal as well as national. As conflict ends strength and courage comes into being. You no longer need to bully to show your fantasies of strength.

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    Henry Allieu on June 23, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Peace means freedom and happiness and living without fear in a democratic society where tolerance in all aspect is exercised. It is a key factor to democracy and good governance.

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    Joseph Hiles on June 23, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Peace is sense of comfort I get from knowing that my Lord will keep me safe and provide me with all that I need. Peace is coming home to my wife, knowing no matter how bad our day was, we love each other and have home to fill it with.

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    Irving Smith on June 23, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    To me peace means applying the principle of The Golden Rule to relations among nations. It means viewing other nations as potential friends rather than rivals, and dealing with them in that spirit. It means entertaining the possibility of eventual demise of nationhood in favor of a planetary society of citizens sharing a common interest in the welfare of all its inhabitants.

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    William Dodge on June 23, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I think in terms of “shalom” which requires there to be justice for all and seen to be for all so that people can all live with fullness and completeness.

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    Pamela Johnston on June 23, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Peace to means not only the absence of war, but the ability to turn our country’s resources toward the good of the people, both our own citizens and citizens of the world, rather than using our resources to destroy other cultures and impoverish our own. Peace begins at home, in each person’s heart. Be the example you wish in the world. Respect others, and yourself, and you will be at peace.

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    Joanne Massie on June 23, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    That all forms of life live in harmony. That they support each other to survive the difficult times and that they thrive together in the good times. .

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    Chris Gill on June 23, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    READ IN THE BIBLE, “JOHN 14: 27-28″ JESUS SAVES 24/7… GOD AND JESUS LOVES US ALOT… FORGIVE AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER… LEVITICUS 26:6, PSALM 29:11, PSALM 72:7 ISAIAH 26:3, PHILIPPIANS 4: 6-7

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    Rudolph Avila-Garcia on June 23, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Living non-violently with respect to dignity to all; regardless of race, gender, religion, cultural or ethnic background, political belief, sexual orientation, and economic and educational class. Peace also means to love another and work towards a better world.

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    Michael Shaw on June 23, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    What peace means to me involves a world without worrying about where your next meal is coming from, or if you will still have a roof over your head or still have a job and if you are unable to work, will you still know Social Security and Medicare will be there for you. It is also knowing that you have an intact and enforced Bill of Rights there to protect you from abuse by the powerful. What peace is not is allowing oil corporations, telecommunications giants and munitions manufacturers to dictate foreign and domestic policies that only benefit them at the expense and well being of everyone else. As long as this trend continues, any idea of world peace or a worry free and safe environment becomes less and less tenable.

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    Eric Chipman on June 23, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    PEACE is a feeling that you can be with people and not feel as if you are being exploitd by them.

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    Ruthie Sakheim on June 23, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Tolerance, inclusion and deep appreciation of all human beings’ beauty.

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    Belinda Sellari on June 23, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Peace will happen when humans see each other as one “family of mankind.” As Jimi Hendrix said, “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, there will be peace.”

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    Sharon Bailey on June 23, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Peace, to me means a settledness, a secure sense of safety and some predictability, wherein one can relax and learn, grow, work, play, reach out to make one’s contribution to the world. I pray that all will know peace of mind, of heart, of body in their homes, and communities, and as citizens of their countries and the world.

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    Michael Rebaczonok on June 23, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    It certainly means far more than the mere absence of war. It suggests that a state of harmony exists and indeed flourishes among people, communities and nations. In its ideal form, it further implies acceptance of and care for one another, from which only good can result.

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    Shelia Cassidy on June 23, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Peace means not having to bow to a stronger power broker but able to do things for your country and your people free of outside interference. Peace means no drones targeting your citizens and killing innocent people in your country or area. Peace means just what the word says – respect for a different opinion and a quiet determination to better your society by non-military means. In short, peace means returning good for evil.

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    Julie Zoldessy on June 23, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Peace means that everyone will have clean water, food and shelter. Peace means a world without keys and discord, children without hurt. Thank you and Mrs. Carter for the ripples of peace you have spread on Earth. You are my Heroes. Peace!

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    Lucy Heyerman on June 23, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    A sense of well being.

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    Wanda Ross on June 23, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Peace is that feeling of safety and well-being, of belonging in a community where each person is known and valued for what he or she brings to the collective body. Peace is what we bring to one another when we care for others and are cared for by others. Peace also goes hand-in-hand with respect, for peace is more than the absence of conflict, it comes with sharing thoughts that may differ from those of others, while also listening to the thoughts others share, when both parties are seeking a common ground upon which to build.

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    Gerda Seaman on June 23, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Peace means that we do not teach young men to kill, and that we do not allow them to be killed. They are our children!

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    Nancy Peng on June 23, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Clean water, clean air, clean food, safe house, no intimidation/threats/violence/no lack of justice/no lack of being acknowledged, God given right to be our selves-unique.

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    Cathy Burton on June 23, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Peace to me is simply living without fear each day. We must first start at a personal level with self, family, work and community.

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    Hugh Sanborn on June 23, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Peace means a growing sense of world community on the part of all human beings, a commitment to provide for the basic needs of all and to resolve conflicts nonviolently.

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    Athena Batsios on June 23, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Peace means not having to balance the deaths of thousands against political or personal gain.

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    Jeanne Kempers on June 23, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    It means working out different political problems without physical conflict.

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    Mildredan Ward on June 23, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Freeedom to accept responsibility for my own actions and beliefs.

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    Michael Wais on June 23, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Peace means to me: The potential ability for everyone to do the work that they enjoy and lead the lives that they enjoy, in as healthy a way as possible, with empathy, harming nobody, and respecting the individual freedom for their neighbors to worship (or not) or do any other activities in the privacy of their own homes that don’t infringe on the safety, comfort, or personal freedom of others. Also, my idea of “peace” is to do things that act in accordance with supporting the community- building up the community and respecting it (and its diversity). And doing so in a way that doesn’t make the individual suffer and hopefully is fun and pleasurable for the person sharing with their local and global community.

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    Dave Weber on June 23, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    To me, Peace means that everybody “gets” that war is obsolete, violence is always counter-productive and only Love will resolve conflict. How many times must our awakened brothers and sisters remind us that we are all ONE. When we disregard the artificial barriers of race, national boundary, class distinction, gender, sexual orientation, et al….we will recognize our family, diverse and beautiful, and extend that awareness to our brothers and sisters everywhere. Haven’t you heard? War is obsolete.

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    ANTOINETTE ADAM on June 24, 2011 at 12:25 am

    The discussion and /or preparation of war are not a personification of peace. Peace is a freely exchange of ideas that improves every aspect of daily lives and garners an increase of reverence for the culture differences that make up nations. Most of all peace is having the comfort when I go to sleep that tomorrow I will not wake to the stench of my brother’s blood.

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    Mctadi E. Y on June 24, 2011 at 3:07 am

    Peace to me means nothing more than an absolute liberty to all human race. Anything shorth of that is out of peace.e.

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    Hari Sharan Pandit on June 24, 2011 at 3:52 am

    To me, the meaning of PEACE is the state of utilizing own’s right wothout violating the laws of his/her countey and norms of civilization in such a way that each and every senior and junior citizen is safe, conscious about other’s right and a high standard of civilization is developed. Each and every citizen or an employee, spontaneouly, pays the tax that he/she has to pay. On the other hand, he/she is getting quality services from the respective government. No violence at all. Every child can go to school and come back to his/her house without any fear. Everybody feels safe within 24/365. Each and every profession is respected and honoured.

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    Lynn Magnuson on June 23, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    Peace? Some say it’s the absence of war but for me it’s more than that. It’s tolerating others who are different. It’s working to help the poor and the outcast find justice. It’s the yearning of the heart for freedom from conflict, so elusive in a world filled with war and terror.

    Our job: Simply to work to rid our own hearts and souls of hatred and violence, and to urge others (individuals and nations) to do the same. Some say that war and violence will never end because it is our destiny … but our destiny is to not just end war, but to live lives which will eventually make war irrelevant!

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    Barbara Aishton on June 24, 2011 at 7:01 am

    Peace, to me, is twofold. Bodily Peace is the lack of physical violence. Mental Peace is the freedom from fear. Much like the decision of first arrival when discussing the chicken and the egg, Complete Peace lies in understanding that without one, the other ceases to exist.

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    William Talbot on June 24, 2011 at 8:54 am

    It means someone like Mr. Carter having the guts to speak out on controversial issues. As always, he continues to be “right on”,

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    James Morley on June 24, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Peace means not only no wars, but that humans have abolished attacking one another, and that discourse and dialogue have replaced bombs. Peace also means peace of mind especially in these troubled times, such that parents can have access to whatever medical facilities are needed, without the shadow of overwhelming costs.

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    Christine Laursen on June 24, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Great question! Peace, to me, means we appreciate and understand that others may view life differently than we do. Peace means we have respect for others who live differently than ourselves, and we flourish in this knowledge. Peace means we know no one has all the answers, but we continue to find new ways to respect each other and live in harmony.

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    Rosemary Hagen on June 24, 2011 at 11:26 am

    To me, peace means to get out of Iraq and Afghanistan; to lower dramatically the number of troops overseas everywhere, and to end the Israel-Palestine stalemate.

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    Charles Mindell on June 24, 2011 at 11:46 am

    peace is understanding. understanding TRUTH! Truth is that EVERYTHING is connected. hurt something-you hurt yourself and EVERYTHING. HELP something and you HELP EVERYTHING including YOURSELF. EDUCATE MINDS TO UNDERSTAND THAT! Start with OURSELVES!

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    Angela Fazzari on June 24, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    A world of non-violence.

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    Jane Leatherman Van Praag on June 24, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    All countries have democratically-elected governments and governments themselves are regarded as service organizations to assure all their citizens enjoy full equality under the law, including matters regarding health, education, housing, and meaningful work.

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    Richard Sonnenschein on June 24, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Dear President Carter: Peace is a day at the end of which I can say I improved the quality of another being’s life, learned something, and became a better man; A day I’ve had said to me, “I love you,” and to another I’ve said, “I love you, too;” A day I’ve done strenuous physical work planting vegetables and flowers, I’m exhausted, my muscles ache, the primordial smell of good earth rises up to my nostrils from beneath my weary feet, and I cannot think of another place I’d rather be in that moment; A day my belly is full enough, my heart beats restfully, I’m breathing easily, and my insatiable brain wants to pursue the elusive morsel that is the penultimate line of the greatest poem ever written; and, while facing the challenge in answering this question, having Giacomo Puccini’s music, Preludio Simfonico playing on the radio.

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    Susan Mull on June 24, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    We are 30 years into the HIV/AIDS pandemic and the stigma surrounding this disease still keeps people from being tested. In a world/society/community where people could openly dialogue about testing/ prevention/treatment/healing/cure this stigma would not exist and the fear of being an outcast or the fear of being ostracized and harassed would not exist. The inner peace and self-confidence that comes from being able to be self-nurturing and being able to address openly the mental and physical health issues incumbent with this disease would supplant the isolation that keeps people with this disease from feeling a sense of community. Peace to me would involve all these things. As a woman living w/this disease for 18 years, peace would even be people openly asking me questions about my illness. Peace would be people marching and attending conferences with us to show a public outcry against the stigma surounding HIV/AIDS. Peace would be churches placing this issue in the common conscience of all parishioners, not just those who know someone w/HIV/AIDS. Peace would be every person knowing they are safe when they get tested no matter where they live and no matter what their lifestyle is. Peace is possible today. Peace is necessary in these terms for all of us to eradicate the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS. This kind of peace would save lives. Peace, now.

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    Jean Thorsen on June 24, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    NO MORE WARS!!!

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    Cory Olsen on June 24, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Dear Carter Center: I could not have stated or meant it better than the following: “”Peace is more than the absence of war. There is an inner peace that comes from personal security and personal freedom. Peace also includes the sense of a mother and father that their children will live, that they’ll have food for them to eat, and that they won’t be subject to a lifetime of suffering that could have been prevented.” — Jimmy Carter” Thank you, and God bless you!

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    Marcia Sessions on June 24, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    To me, “Peace” means freedom from: fear, violence, oppression, bigotry & injustice. It also means freedom to reach one’s potential, regardless of a person’s gender, age, religion, race, tribe or ethnic identity. “Peace” also means EMBRACING ALL PEOPLES regardless of politics & other divisive “labels” that are used to de-humanize those not like oneself. We really all are ONE RACE: HUMAN which makes us brothers & sisters with people worldwide. “Peace” means accepting differences, not trying to “win over people to your views, or killing those who have different religions. Peace is living in the diversity of cultures, accepting our differences & respecting them. We all can learn from each other. “Peace” is treating others the way each of us desires & needs to be treated: in fairness, acceptance & a true caring for each other, for we are all “family”, the Human Race Family.

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    Elisse De Sio on June 24, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Peace is the time when mankind is living in full harmony, without death or sickness. This will be when Jehovah God destroys the present wicked humanity and preserves those who are righteous to everlasting life on our earth,. In other words, total peace will only exist when Jehovah restores the earth to the beautiful paradise that it was meant to be.

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    Nancy Briggs on June 24, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    The effort for the entire human race to try to accept each other and leave in harmony.

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    Bruce Field on June 24, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Getting a job; And being allowed to report corruption without fear of being fired and harrassed by “white collar” criminals.

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    Anonymous on June 24, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Peace means Hope more than anything else to me. Hope for a better future for one’s children and grandchildren, freedom from enslavement, freedom from want, froodom from uncertianty and poverty, and a feeling of security.

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    Christina Carlson on June 24, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Peace to me is watching my children grow up to be ecologically and economically responsible people. I would see all children fed and wanted because women worldwide would have education about and access to reproductive rights and services. I wouldn’t see lavish lifestyles fed by the suffering of others and the bleeding of resources but people communicating and working together to ensure each person has enough to sustain a healthy life and some hope of fair treatment. Peace for me is embodied in compassion not monetary profit. Peace is sustaining human life without compromising the ability for the rest of the natural world to live.

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    Fatima Al-Hayani on June 24, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Peace is everyone has dignity and freedom to live in peace without fear of oppression and be provided the means to live and provide for members of family and society.

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    Nabil Khayat on June 25, 2011 at 4:31 am

    the absolute assurance that tomorrow the world will still be standing,and that my family and me will still be free and alive.

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    JOSEPH ORITO ANGWENYI on June 25, 2011 at 5:13 am

    Thanks to reach me from CARTER CENTER in USA Bye and Large I am to say thanks to Former HIS EXC. HON JIMMY CARTER to Welcome us in His Office in 1994. From Kenya on IGGAD MISSION of PEACE. 1. Peace is needed to Every One of us. From Myself,to my next Person,Our Community Home People, Our Country Kenya peace,EAST AFRICA,AFRICA and World Wide too. Without Peace there is no life from Young to Elders too. I am to thank JIMMY CARTER to come out for Peace in EAST AFRICA,AFRICA and Global the World thanks. Same to give Former IGGAD Special Envoy Late Hon. Dr. ZACHARY T ONYONKA from Kenya in 1994 at JIMMY CARTER OFFICE 1994. I remember on SOUTH SUDAN JUBA. Next Month I hope JIMMY CARTER will be at JUBA through GOD Power to witness on Peace?. As you gave the BOOK on PEACE?. All whom you met at your OFFICE GOD called them from Kenya. I am a round seeing PEACE coming by Signing on JULY 20011 I am to thank GOD. Peace is good. GOD bless you all regards JOSEPH ORITO ANGWENYI Always peace is good time to time.

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    V. Colson on June 25, 2011 at 6:49 am

    Peace is condition among people and nations where conflict is minimal, and a process for handling conflict is in place and workable

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    MARY MILLER on June 25, 2011 at 7:37 am

    PEACEFULL,NO STRESS FROM FEAR – FEAR OF PHYSICAL,EMOTIONAL OR FINANCIAL HARM FROM STRANGERS OR FROM PEOPLE WE TRUST TO TREAT US WITH RESPECT,FAIRNESS AND PROMOTE OUR WELLBEING. I BELIEVE UNTILL OUR LEADERS HAVE THE QUALITIES THAT ENSURE THE TOTAL WELLBEING OF THE PEOPLE INSTEAD OF BIG BUSINESS THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN, FOR MOST PEOPLE FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF OUR LEADERS . ABSOLUTE POWER CORUPTS ABSOLUTELY.

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    Judi Poulson on June 25, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Peace is a verb. It’s a strategy. It’s hard work. It’s a process and lifetime committment. Peace makes a difference and each of us can BE that difference.

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    Pedro Millet on June 25, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Peace is love for all . I am a believer in democracy for all aussi .Peace is also liberty and prosperity for all. Thanks, Lic. Pedro Millet Cuban Lawyer Political Refugee

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    Bruce Williams on June 25, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Peace is, in addition to lack of violence, is a just soceity where all are able to live with their needs met.

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    Margaret Thomson on June 25, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    A just end — and true two-state solution, to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Would like to see the Carter Center redouble its efforts in this area.

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    Sharon Brock on June 25, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    “Peace” means that one is Safe and Secure and cannot be harmed or threatened by ill will or malcontent. It is the Freedom to come and go as one chooses and to believe as one chooses to. It means that your Family is well taken care of and Nurtured for the Best of Mankind. “Peace” is a
    n inner feeling of Security, Warmth, and Love and a Hope that the World will Dream and Aspire and be an example of Tranquility for all.

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    Kristen Degurse on June 25, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    To me, peace like a destination. When you seek to find it you will find other things that accompany it along the way.. Things like compassion, acceptance, and respect. Peace keeps “friendship” with these things. They are very often the the first steps to the desired destination. An unconditional acceptance of people, no matter who they are, is another important milestone on the way to peace. When you can find these things along the way, every day you get closer to the destination.

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    Llona Speede on June 25, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Peace is giving up the struggle It is responding to the strife from a quiet place of knowing Peace is that place you can stand in when there is craziness all around you I hear peace whenever I am at the beach….walking….along the shoreline…. I hear peace sitting on the jetty with my feet in the ocean feeling the ebb and the flow Peace is releasing all of my dis-eases to be carried far away from me Peace is hearing… hearing what the Spirit is quietly saying Peace is knowing that I am the beloved Peace is releasing myself to be love Peace is living my purpose, Being Love L.W. Speede 06/25/11

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    William Grimley on June 25, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Peace is contentment that comes from knowing you are exactly where you are supposed to be. Mother Theresa said “that every act of love is a work of peace no matter how small.”

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    Nabil Bayakly on June 25, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Peace means living with respect to all the different groups around you. Peace must include justice to all.

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    liaqat Ali on June 25, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Hi thanks for u contact in this regard with me. I am being a social scientist since 25 years experience observed that there are two main hurdle in the way of our success was education and corruption in the third world countires for which we need’s to wor day and night. U faithfully!! Liaqat Ali Khan from Islamabad Pakistan

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    Carlton Lyons on June 26, 2011 at 5:57 am

    NOT BEING AFRAID!

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    Todd Emery on June 26, 2011 at 9:52 am

    To live without oppression and to have civil rights, in a world with the freedom of choice and speech for all .Peace, to me is also the belief of the word of God,and through our savior Jesus Christ we may find His peace.

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    stella nakawuki lukwago on June 26, 2011 at 11:27 am

    peace means freedom

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    Robert Schertzer on June 26, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Peace for me means each human person can be unharmed and uninjured in their daily lives of raising families and that violence is never accepted anywhere as a method of resolving outstanding issues between persons whether children in a schoolyard or nations with border disputes.

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    John Reinsborough on June 26, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Peace is no violence along with justice for all.

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    Shahrokh Mafi on June 26, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    As it has already been defined masterfully by the Honorable President Jimmy Carter, “Peace” does not necessarily refer to a state in which two opposite powers are not engaged in an actual act of aggression and war. I do not believe that anyone could define “peace” as powerfully and skillfully as President Carter has already defined the term. To have obeyed an instruction, however, I can only repeat after President Carter, and say that Peace refers to an attribute or a condition in which two parties (ususally two countries with differring and conflictual ideas and ideologies, or two neighboring countries with different social and political institutions, religions, or international alligances) are not at war or conflict with one another. “Peace” rather, refers to an instance in the histories of these countries when despite the varying views and different ideologies of the countries, there exists an high level of cooperation between these countries in the areas of science, technology, laws, politics and international relations. Peace, refers to an high degree of sincere cooperation and trust between two opposing countries. Only a genuine peace and cooperation can result in the development of a region of a world in the areas of science, technology, politics, laws, regional and international relations, and the prosperity of the people of both countries. Thank you very much.

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    Jacqueline Craigo on June 26, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Peace means quietness, being able to live with others plus acceptance, lack of world conflict and purposeful interaction.

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    Koffi Kuma on June 26, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    it’s our behavior every day is our attitude toward the neighbor’s account of the other in my words in my conduct, respect for each other as my next consider the need of the other

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    Eugene McCord on June 26, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Peace to me is a feeling of contentment and hope for things to come which are outside our control. The beleif in God and his statements from the Bible says that we should honor those in governments above us and awaut change if we view strongly differing views. and I do. I come from old fashioned conservitatoon of Walter Georgia, Carl Venson, Richard Russell and all the democratic governors who held for the best and created the input of Griffin Bell and others who did the foundational work for equil rights and equality. To me this is peace as i look forward to the future with great enthusiam and vigor.

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    Chantal Mpezo on June 26, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Peace means he satisfaction of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: physiological needs, security needs, social needs, esteem needs, and self actualizing needs. There is a peace in knowing that you are able to make choices and improve the well-being of yourself and your family. It is a means to contentment.

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    Stephen Stills on June 26, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Peace means the absence of conflict. It means the divine right of human beings to carry out their lives without others imposing the willful arrogance of their delusion upon their fellow inhabitants of this small planet. Peace means that one is capable of willingly embracing the concept of the universe, in all its’ mystery, and in the insignificance of mankind in its’ history. For an individual to observe the photograph of the “basket of stars” as was collected by the technological miracle of the Hubble Telescope, and realize that when the light that generated this image, this photograph, was emitted, the earth upon which we reside was but a barren whisp of gaseous matter and ice, and life as we know it was millions of years from fruition, then it is possible to know the peace of the almighty, and the true insignificance that is man and his fruitless contrivances.

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    Marvel Maddox on June 27, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Social justice prevails through a greater humanity towards the disenfranchised as well as extending this greater humanity to the rest of creation through embracing environmentally sustainable ecology. Note: There will be only greater conflict and struggles against each other if we don’t arrest climate change.

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    Kathryn Trupin on June 27, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Peace means no fighting between groups of people anywhere in the world.

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    Arthur Jech on June 27, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Get out the wars we are in and fix this nation….

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    J. Hornberg on June 27, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Peace is the overwhelming spiritual awareness that in the Universe WE ARE ALL ONE–HUMANS, ANIMALS, PLANTLIFE–and we are filled with compassion for one another!

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    Susan Olchak on June 27, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Peace to me would be being able to sit down after a long day of work, knowing that all of us in the world have enough to eat, the best health possible, & can live fearlessly no matter how wealthy or poor we are. That if I were to trade places with another like me in some other part of the world, I would still have the freedom to think, to read whatever I wanted to read, to dance with joy, to mourn with my fellow women & men, to love, and to worship God as I know Him.

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    Richard Calhoun on June 27, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Peace is the ability of mankind to provide a minimum level of resources to every living human being. In addition and probably more important it will need to actively develop and nurture a loving mindset across the world and develop an ever improving set of applications, techniques and thought leadership to ensure this end state. We will have arrived when our physical needs and spiritual needs are evolving at the same rate and scale thus canceling out the human mind’s ability to grow and execute hatred, greed, and irrational wants. – Rich Calhoun June 27, 2011 Version 2

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    Laraine Smirl on June 27, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Peace to me means that everyone has the benefit of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – that everyone has a neighborhood that is safe, economically sustainable, with clean air and water. Peace to mean would give everyone a chance to have an education if this is what they want, a chance to vote for their leaders and a chance to use their talents and gifts at an optimum level. Peace would mean looking for more productive solutions to problem solving with going to war as only a last resort needed in the most extreme circumstances. Peace involves collaborative partnerships and collaborative relationships with other leaders and other countries so that each country is able to promote the welfare of each of their citizens. Peace is about giving children healthy neighborhood environments so that they feel stable and secure. Peace is about taking care of the elderly and providing all citizens with the right that all deserve to be treated with dignity and respect and with a humane heart from an early age in an attempt to foster, nurture and encourage the next generation. Peace is about realizing that we are bigger than our petty differences, greater than our prejudices and brighter than our most challenging problems. Peace is about having university “think tanks” to tackle every single problem with the expectation that all problems/challenges have a workable solution or solutions. Peace is not about greed – peace is about making money to make the world a safer and better place for everyone so that our short life span on this planet is not about survival but rather about fulfilling our dreams!

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    Donna Shawver on June 27, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    “Peace” is a feeling that all ills and struggles — both personal and global — can be successfully handled/solved/dealt with, that all that can be done is being done, so no worry or fretting to do….

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    Workers Trade Union, UBG. WAU on June 28, 2011 at 3:18 am

    Peace means to us as trade union leaders is to have decent work conditions at the place of work, make every worker gets his/ rights and carries out his/her duties successfully.

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    mabior yaak on June 28, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Absent of war, and to live in harmony!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Maricarmen Smith-Martinez on June 28, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    To embrace “Peace” is to respect ideas that may differ from your own, learning from the perspective of other people or cultures and working together to understand the differences in view or opinion.

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    Susan Hernandez on June 28, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    I like the definition of Mexican President Benito Juarez: Peace is respect for my neighbor’s rights.

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    Eldon Cummings on June 28, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    I read a Quote from Rosa Parks saying that she wanted to be known to stand for freedom–justice–prosperity for all! I feel that I can’t have full peace/serenity–when there are those who don’t have that, if I ain’t helping them. Eldon W. Cummings

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    Elisse Antczak on June 28, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Peace to me is a world where people are able to think, feel and form individual opinions while being able to accept those of others with which we don’t agree. It exists in a world which recognizes that we all want the same basic things – to be loved, accepted, respected and safe. It’s a place free of classes, political divisions, biases, cruelty, jealousy and hate where we would all help each other to be the best we can be. I don’t think that place exists right now, but I have faith that we humans can someday reach that place.

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    Adrian Magana on June 28, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    “Without sharing there can be no justice; without justice there can be no peace; without peace, there can be no future.” ~ Maitreya The World Teacher

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    Peter Mathur on June 29, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Peace for an individual is that he has the minimum at least of cash that enables him to support himself and children in at least the minimum of comfort. Peace for cities, counties and states is when they maintain the basic safety and security of the residents, and provide reasonable facilities for the people, including police, education and jobs . Peace for nations is when they have good and honorable leaders, who are genuinely interested in peace with neighboring nations, and have the character and ability to lead, guide and control the citizens to be satisfied with decent, peaceful, lives.

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    Greg Brown on June 29, 2011 at 9:57 am

    For me peace is more than the absence of conflict. Peace is life in balance with justice and life for all. Peace is life in tune with the creation and Creator.

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    Annapoorne Colangelo on June 29, 2011 at 9:59 am

    I agree with
    all that has been said here. Peace is within each of us, but when we get too “busy”, we allow others not in Truth to disturb that peace. Those of us who feel peace can offer a hand to those who have allowed theirs to be disturbed and to stand up against those desiring to take others peace. Thanks to the Carter Center for being instrumental in this!

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    Janet Maker on June 29, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Peace is the understanding that everyone has equal value, that other people are as important as I am, that we are the same

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    V. Mokkarala on June 29, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Peace is the state of accepting and/or toleranting other belief systems, especially in the context of religion.

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    Marianne Widmalm on June 29, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Peace means NOT only that we stop fighting each other but that we STOP assault, abuse, kill and torture animals and STOP polluting our environment in any way form or fashion. For example, STOP ALL nuclear power plants. They are NOT safe. Without nature we die to. Everything we do to nature will DIRECTLY hurt us too. And most of all; we have NO right. It is a sin, and a grave one.

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    Roy Hayes on June 29, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Mideast Peace = Peace of Jerusalem = World Peace

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    Shveta Shah on June 29, 2011 at 10:06 am

    How can you have peace without justice? Peace means a just, equitable society where each person’s rights, survival, and well-being are respected and everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

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    John Earl on June 29, 2011 at 10:07 am

    It would mean that a “superpower” like the US would not occupy countries, be the world’s major supplier of arms and block actions by the UN.

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    ray battams on June 29, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Peace is the ability to look at a situation where there is conflict, and seek in word and action to ease the pain while helping both sides see what you are seeing and hearing… It is the ability to communicate a need for openness and patience.

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    Denny Keats on June 29, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Peace is something your born with and will die with. It takes a shift in between those times when you live life and your world goes into unrest and turmoil and those given times can change who you are dramatically so when you are full of unrest and turmoil is at a pinnacle in your world, you finally say to yourself, enough is enough and you make a conscious decision in your life to create peace, share it, and sustain it. You stop yourself when your not offering harmony in your relationships and you correct it with love. You stop and tell yourself that your doing the best you can and don’t beat yourself up or give up when you feel your not always perfect in the eyes of everyone. When your stronger than someone else with your sense of peace you give to them unconditionally without any regards to get that returned to you. That one person you inspired will take that giving and love and pass it to someone else. You have worked on creating relationships that call for much understanding even when you both don’t speak the same language.

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    Sanchin Wang on June 29, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Means harmony equity and hope

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    Catherine Skopic on June 29, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Peace to me means living harmoniously with self, others and our environment. Peace means living with mutual respect for all life. Peace means honoring our Creator with praise, thanksgiving and living the law of love for God, our neighbor and ourselves.

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    Hasan Abdulla on June 29, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Peace means a life and surroundings free of racial and religious persecution, enmity and violence. At the same time Peace means an environment that is healthy and free of infectious deseases, and industrial waste. I strongly believe that there is a bond between these two requirements for Peace.

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    Muhammad Ali on June 29, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Peace to me means freedom from “Interference, Obstruction and Control” by anyone or system that tend to control man and prevent them to exercise their own wishes, desires and efforts to achieve their goals. One of the best example to achieve PEACE is set by President Carter whose efforts have brought about the CAMP DAVID AGREEMENT. Muhammad Safder Ali, B. Sc., Individual, Innovator and Independent Inventor.

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    David Saunders on June 29, 2011 at 10:20 am

    emotional comfort to focus on family and friends

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    Ellen Devens on June 29, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Peace means giving up the need to be right so people can create a vision of a new way of being related to each other.

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    Susan Dewolfe Burns on June 29, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Peace must start within. It also must be shared. Peace is a noun, but to make it a reality takes a whole bunch of verbs. Peace, is, therefore active. I would love to live in a world where our military is needed primarily for humanitarian aid following a natural disaster, such as an earthquake.

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    Jane Guthrie on June 29, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Peace is individual! It begins for each of us in our understanding of God and our expression of His peace in our human relationships , beginning with our close family and spreading to our communities and our world. We all have been given our “secret place” and when we go there, knowing God’s Love for us and all mankind, we find the peace that passes all understanding.

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    Nancy Eckel on June 29, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Peace to me is a open and tolerant attitude toward others. It means looking at differences as interesting new ideas from which I might learn. It means accepting others as brothers and sisters and equals before the law. Peace means seeking the greatest good for the greatest number, and harming no one in the pursuit of peace.

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    Ann Dye on June 29, 2011 at 10:49 am

    I agree 100% with President Carter’s statement on peace!

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    Salma Sonia on June 29, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Peace means meeting a structure of spectations which is based on a specific balance of power. Peace is satisfaction, harmony & respect that unite all the human beings together. Peace means enjoying the basic needs of all. Peace is the smile of a new born baby !

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    John Davis on June 29, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Seeking Peace must start with individuals. To find peace individually, l believe, is to reach consciousness of TRUTH in every area of life. Then and only then can we make peace through out the world. HUGE JOB!! But, not impossible.

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    Rebekah Britton on June 29, 2011 at 11:08 am

    World peace means all violence ended with all nations respecting each other. The wealthier countries sharing with the not so fortunate. No more prejudice of any kind. Personal peace for me means having the Lord in my life and in my heart. Bless you President and Mrs. Carter for all you have done and are doing to promote world peace.

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    Diana Delahaye Lmhc on June 29, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Feeling safe, and knowing people can change.

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    Ernesto Lopez on June 29, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Peace means following the Golden Rule…getting along with each other. It also means accepting the differences that exists among us humans and conscentrating on what we have in common. We are a global society. It means that we should find a way to solve relationship problems without resorting to violence. It involves getting rid of weapons of war. Peace, in addition, means getting along with Nature of which us humans are a part of.

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    Gilberto Kuhn on June 29, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Tolerance, food on the table, fair salaries, taxing the super rich…..

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    Randall Mais on June 29, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Peace is when you are happy with who you are and realizing that all people have that right as swell

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    Scott Davis on June 29, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Peace is keeping forgiveness in ones heart, having determination to find a solution and remembering we are all one tribe.

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    Jim Krauss-Jackson on June 29, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Peace means healthy food on the table, enough for all, health care for all, healthy jobs for all, clean water and air, a healthy place to live, and for goodness sake put down the weapons. Peace means health.

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    Adam Babekir on June 29, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    peace means for me following: 1. live in security community no conflict no seperation between other. 2. food for day i live. 3. and i will be healthy

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    Christine Pierce on June 29, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    there are basically two forms of energy and thought forms on the planet, love and fear. all negative actions come from fear. thoughts and actions like greed, shame, violence, war, manipulation, paranoia etc are fear based. love on the the other hand…is peace, creativity, nurturing, growth. ~ peace is love~.

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    Dorothy Bammerlin on June 29, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    It means no more unnecessary violence, the end to endless massacre. To join together to help build up communities. To build resources such as water wells, pipes, septic. Farm land. To get medical to much needed men, women, and children.

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    Barbara Herrgesell on June 29, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Peace starts with individual peace within one’s self. Then that relates to feeling peaceful toward others, and to others of opposing views, which extends to the world .

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    David Faubion on June 29, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Peace and peace of mind simply means that we have cared, given, and done the work of love to make everyone’s need fulfilled, so that all the Earth may live and prosper with dignity and security. Peace is easy when we join and focus our effort to the goal of a lasting peace. Peace like a river flowing to the sea nourishes all that it touches as it gives habitat for all our humanity.

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    Lorna Crouch on June 29, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Peace is the absense of fear, greed, pride, and the need for power or control over others on an individual, family, national, or international level. It is a sense of harmony and well being between humans and between humans and their environment.

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    Elaine Needham on June 29, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Peace is only possible if enough people can shed their biases and fears. Peace is a transformative process within each human being. It cannot be achieved through coercion and war. Peace is merely a symbol in the human mind, an invention, not a reality. Using violence to achieve peace is obviously the result of confusion. We don’t know what is peace, we only understand violence.

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    Piara Singh on June 29, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Peace, is a gift of God and a source of insperation for all creations. Active thrill unaffetced by joys and sorrows of life. Comes through unconditional love for God. Dr. Piara Singh

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    David Schultz on June 29, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Peace is living a life without the chains of overwhelming fear.

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    Anna Scott on June 29, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Peace is LOVE, Love covers every law.

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    Emilio Verdugo on June 29, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    “Peace” doesn’t mean to much to me without “freedom” and “equality” of opportunity. “Peace” has an implied notion of fairness and balance. People tend to live in peace when they feel there is a fairness within the the society they are a part of, when there is a sense that when they tr
    eat others with respect they will be treated with respect. “Peace” also implies the idea that each person has a dignity, a humanity, a value as a human being. “Peace” is a state in which there is a respect for life generally, that all life is in some respect, sacred. Not by virtue of God who would bestow that sanctity, but by virtue of the fact that all life on this planet is connected in very real ways.

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    Patricia St. August on June 29, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Peace means that Humans have finally realized that killing one another is not the answer. We need to teach our boys to stop playing war games and to teach our children that war is ugly and not honorable.

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    Walter Carreiro on June 29, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Peace is “the peace of God that surpasses all understanding “that” will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. …, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. “do what you have learned and received and heard and seen… Then the God of peace will be with you.” from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians 4:7-9. Each time I celebrate a funeral and end with this blessing it gives me solace to think that this Peace might someday exist.

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    Silas Ortiz on June 29, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Samadhi

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    Susan O’Connor on June 29, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Peace is when people do not fight, when old or young will help someone or animals in need. It is when the world feeds trees, and plants, and flowers, too, It is when we clean dirty rivers, lakes, and ponds. It is when a clown can make a sick kid smile.

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    Chris Fogarty on June 29, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Peace is the presence of a state of justice.

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    Ann Read on June 29, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Peace to means that 1. Upon graduation from eighth grade and again in high school a child will have completed at least one semester or its equivalent in the subject of conflict resolution. 2. Every child in America will be required to serve at least one, preferably two years in service to this country doing work on its infrastructure, maintaing roads and bridges, helping children learn to read, work in the national parks and seashores and public libraries, An opportunity to move around in various fields would help children to decide on a career. 3. No longer would young people be required to join the military in order to defend America’s corporate interests in the name of national security.

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    Alan Cody on June 29, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    A way of life in which peaceful even if protracted negotiation is always preferred over violent conflict.as a way of resolving disputes.

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    Susan Ona on June 29, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Peace is when we can begin to dialogue and work together to build new or rebuild old communities with hope and thus not mind working hard for a better future

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    Robert Fournier on June 29, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    When the angels sang “Gloria to God in the Highest,” they also said “Peace to men of
    good will.” That is the Christmas story, in reality they were singing “Salvation to men of good will” There will never be peace on earth unless the major religions start with the concept of Salvation. Salvation is for all men of good will and that is where all peacemakers must agree upon whenever they sit at table together to solve the world’s problems. Otherwise we fool ourselves with self adoration and idolatry. However, sometimes, religious inspired folks are the very first to throw a fight.

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    Marian Clinton on June 29, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    When everyone the planet is safe and happy.

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    James Saley on June 29, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    PEACE means everything!

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    Sylvia Camp on June 29, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    The peace and the peaceful nation we live in are some of God’s greatest gifts to us. Living in this peaceful nation gives me the peace of mind to look around me and thank God for the ability to travel wherever I choose; I can come and go as I please; I have a great job. I can worship at any church I choose; I can choose my own doctor; I can seek higher education as I choose; I can support any cause I feel strongly about and thanks be to God on high for all this beautiful freedom and peace. It’s almost too much to grasp. I love my country so much and feel I am so deeply blest to live in beautiful P E A C E !!!

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    Sorangel Margulies on June 29, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Peace means that we all have the freedom to love & marry who we choose to. Peace is being able to feed our families,healthy food free of chemicals. Peace means living in a world, where you don’t have to worry about nuclear disasters. Peace means we don’t have to bear the sorrow of another soldier dying in a war,that is not necessary.Peace means mostly that Love is the wisdom that rules us.Then we can nurture each other,& have more compassion.And in turn have stronger children,who feel so loved, that they would be compelled not to bully another person who appears to be different, to have & show compassion to one another instead! And last but not least, Peace means that Doctors would not be tempted to fill out prescriptions that are only a temporary fix,that may in fact cause more damage to the patient’s health,& placing the patient in a worse situation! This is what peace means to me.Hopefully we can start one by one, by being more considerate to one another,& less consumed with ourselves,to be greatful for what we have.Knowing that each day that we wake up it is a blessing.And always be willing to put yourself in another persons shoes, only then will you allow yourself to be vulnerable,& know that all of us can show more kindness to each other.So I am optimistic that these things can & will take place.Yes it will take some time, but we must all get invovled! So when you see me don’t be surprised, I will be wearing a smile,a smile of the hope,love & peace that is within our reach… Thank you Kindly Sorangel Margulies 85 Horizon Drive Edison N.J.08817 732 841-1502

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    Joyce Taylor on June 29, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Peace means to me that every man, woman, and child can live their lives without ridicule. That we all live and let live and let God be our final judge. That we love and look out for one another. Live without fear of war and turmoil.

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    Marge Brown on June 29, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    It means to me being totally accepting of whatever is without judgement. It means responding to whatever is in a way that brings about more harmony or a softening of the situation. Thanks for asking. Rev. Marge Brown

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    William W. Givens on June 29, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Peace is related to the biblical concept of shalom. I think of peace as the fulfillment of life or of “abundant life” as Jesus said. This kind of life provides the absence of violence, oppression, and manipulation. It means food, health care, shelter, social justice, and equality. What the Carter Center does to enhance all these areas is a fulfillment of shalom. For that I am deeply grateful.

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    Joanne Baek on June 29, 2011 at 10:27 am

    (First, let me say a little on “where we are now,” that is, a little stuck in “NOT-PEACE” and let me mention the physiological and cultural errors that have been keeping us there–) We are all familiar with the physiological state of stress, although we don’t generally remember that the function of the stress response is for dire emergency use ONLY, when specific dangers threaten. One of the things that happen with stress is that we quickly–preverbally and precognition–identify certain elements around us as the threat and the enemy, for instance the people looking least like ourselves. For the stress response to help us instantly respond in a lifesaving way to danger, we must instantly identify an enemy and take a stance against them–this isn’t helpful in a world of 6 or 7 million people we haven’t met yet. Sadly, we have gotten stuck in this approach, and it’s application now dominates much of our conditioned and cultural responses, both individually and collectively. We preceive danger everywhere, and by our responses, also create it for ourselves and others.

    PEACE: The autonomical nervous system actually has two directions, on a kind of variable-intensity toggle switch, and the OTHER side of the toggle is PEACE. Peace, well-being, enjoyment of and sense of connection with others, a natural inclination to joyfully engage in addressing challenges, a NATURAL response of enthusiasm for helping one another, are all consequences of being in the state opposite to stress–meant to be the normal setting. We have pursued getting better at functioning while in the stress state (such as learning to win at competition) without realizing that the state of “better” and all the associated states of connection, revitalization, effective and joyful teamwork, love, etc., come with placing ourselves in the PEACE or “parasympathetic” (the biological term) state and relating to each other and collective issues from there. Relating to one another from this state, and creating our societal and cultural processes to support and utilize this state are also essential to creating our shared state of PEACE.

    Peace means the natural interest in everyone’s well-being, and the pursuit of that which achieves that. In the “parasympathetic” (unstressed) state, this comes naturally. When we learn to live here, instead of in stress modes, we naturally and instinctively work together to solve all our collective and real problems, whether needs for food or addressing the climate and energy crisies we have created and face, or finding ways to clean up and stop production of toxics which harm us. Peace can be said to be the most natural of all states, and is the space in which love, connection, profoundly joyful creativity and more happen naturally. Being in that state, given our current training to function while running in stress mode, no longer comes naturally to us day in and day out, and we need to be finding and seeking the tools that help us discover and stay there, as well as redesign our social interactions to find paths OUT of conflict and into connection, rather than promoting conflict.

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    M. Greig on June 29, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Peace is a pleasure that comes with the security that you are safe. That there will be food on your table. That your health needs will be taken care of. That your dreams are reachable. That your heart can sing freely and openly. Peace is a poem of possibilities. Peace is heat on a cold day. Shelter on a rainy day. Peace is the quietness of solitude in the air. Peace is the world with no wars of weapons, no wars of hatred, no wars of intolerance. Peace is a pleasure we all deserve.

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    ابن البلد on June 29, 2011 at 10:48 am

    السلام اساس الحياة ويعني التفدم والتنميه ونبذ العنف وتعزيز السلوك الايجابي والتعاون المشترك بين الشعوب فلا عداوة دائمه ولاصداقه دائمه ولكن هناك مصالح دائمه وقدر البشر العيش معا علي هذه الارض لذلك وجب علي الجميع التسامح وتقبل الاختلاف حتي تستمر الحياة بهدوء ومحبة وشكرا.

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    Kathleen Gribble on June 29, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Always non-violence toward others whose lives are different and whose situation may create fear instead of interest, respect and attempts to understand the differences. Refusal to respond to violence with violence. Living with an attitude of sharing with all so that everyone has enough.

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    Archie Kelley on June 29, 2011 at 11:04 am

    My concept of Peace is the slogan of the Atomic Scientists during the days of development of nuclear
    weapons and nuclear power plants: “ONE WORLD OR NONE!”. It expresses the fact that we humans now
    have the means to destroy this fragile globe and
    all of the plants and animals (including us) that
    roam it. I know that Jimmy Carter sees no borders
    when he travels the globe looking for means to improve the lot of the underprivileged. Would that we had many more leaders like him!

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    Cindy Hammer on June 29, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    To live without fear, to have safe shelter, enough food and clean water, to have respect for and from my neighbors and to know I have done my best each day.

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    Sherri Winfrey on June 29, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    The absence of violence, war, abuse, servitude and death. The ability of all peoples to live a free, happy and fearless life.

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    Vic Burton on June 29, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    First no war. No coercion or violence. A social milieu of a high degree of equality – absolute before the law, and very close in resource availability and work opportunities for all. For everyone on the planet with the US and neighbors leading the way. And a respect for all life with a human population that can live in balance with the earth’s fundamental carrying capacity and not poison our environment for the next 50,000 years or more.

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    Jay Sullivan on June 29, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    No more wars!!

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    Anne Thomas on June 29, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Peace is working together to make a better world — for everyone

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    Max Obuszewski on June 29, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    As a pacifist and a believer in nonviolent direct action, I make sure peace is followed by with justice. A peacekeeper, for example, is an insult to the concept of peace with justice. Ending poverty means peace to me. Envisioning a world without poverty, I can see that there would be no
    reason for violence as we share our resources with each other. I hope soon peace with justice will flow like a raging river.

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    Daaiyah Bilal on June 29, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Peace means to me living the life that G’d has intended for every human being on this earth. Receiving our share of the resources of the earth and sharing with those who don’t have the know how to reep the benefits afforded to them. Educating the illiterate and helping to restore human values. That’s what peace means to me. A smile a thank you and an warm embrace of human kindness.

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    Federico Vazquez on June 29, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    For me, peace means:

    a)Freedom and equity

    b)Justice and human dignity

    c) Well-being

    d) Political and Social inclusion

    e) Cultural recognition

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    Janice Benjamin on June 29, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    A world in which violence is NOT the solution to any problem.

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    zari on June 29, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    PEACE means FREEDOM,HARMONY & NO WAR. “If we have no peace,it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other”MOTHER TERESA

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    Marie Russell-Barker on June 29, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Peace is a complicated thing what it means to one it is not important to another so I will address what I think peace would look like no enemies, wars, hunger, true freedom for all hope faith, and the love for all brothers and sisters of the human raises. Equal treatment and wealth for all. Laws that are fair and apply to all the world citizens. This is my views of Peace.

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    Jolly Ann Ellis on June 29, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Peace means living in a world/a society that does not solve its problems by violence. Peace comes only when all people have not only the necessities (food, clothing, shelter) but have a chance to thrive. Peace comes when all people are treated with dignity, respect, care, and compassion and are free to pursue their dreams, to create their art, and to enjoy the world around them.

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    Dorie Griggs on June 29, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Being content = Peace

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    Molly Distelrath on June 29, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    The ability of all human peoples to listen and hear each other.

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    Frank Swift on June 29, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Thank you Jimmy, for this opportunity for all of us to express our philosophies and ideas for practical applications for co-creating a more safe, sane, peaceful world. You and Roslyn are the embodiement, the personification, the living examples of peace!

    I envision peace as the dynamic, vital climate in which mutual trust and respect, and creative cooperation flourishes and grows for the benefit of all. I believe that almost everyone on earth has a deep desire for peace, perhaps even some of those who believe that the violence of war can somehow bring peace.

    There are many stories of how the power of unconditional love has overcome potential violence.
    And when Jesus said, “Love your enemies.” I think he told us that the concept of “enemies” vanishes when we see others as potential friends and children of God who need love to overcome their violent tendencies. Judging them as evil and retaliating with violence is not the answer. Therefore the starting point for co-creating peace is for us to diligently practice unconditional love for everyone, including ourselves.

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    Emilio Verdugo on June 29, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    “Peace” doesn’t mean to much to me without “freedom” and “equality” of opportunity. “Peace” has an implied notion of fairness and balance. People tend to live in peace when they feel there is a fairness within the the society they are a part of, when there is a sense that when they treat others with respect they will be treated with respect. “Peace” also implies the idea that each person has a dignity, a humanity, a value as a human being. “Peace” is a state in which there is a respect for life generally, that all life is in some respect, sacred. Not by virtue of God who would bestow that sanctity, but by virtue of the fact that all life on this planet is connected in very real ways.

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    Felix on June 29, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    PEACE PEACE PEACE PEACE.

    The whole world cries for peace, when there is no peace.

    People,publicans,politicians,bureaucrats,etc call for peace, when actually peace is absent in their own homes.

    Complete peace can be witnessed in the Second Coming of JESUS CHRIST.

    Praise to the Prince of Peace.

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    Anonymous on June 29, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    NO WAR ANYWHERE

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    Leonard Bonny Palma on June 29, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Peace is an important need for each human being. Which requires, respect, dialouge and good values.

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    eileen fleming on June 29, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    PEACE, PEACE, PEACE
    Politicians talk
    As they seek
    WAR WAR WAR and
    NOT The Way
    The Lord taught:

    About 2,000 years ago, when Christ was about 33, he hiked up a hill and sat down under an olive tree and began to teach the people;

    “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.”

    In other words: it is those who know their own spiritual poverty, their own limitations and ‘sins’ honestly and trust God loves them in spite of themselves who already live in the Kingdom of God.

    How comforted we will all be, when we see, we haven’t got a clue, as to the depth and breadth of pure love and mercy of The Divine Mystery of The Universe.

    God’s name in ancient Aramaic is Abba which means Daddy as much as Mommy and He/She: The Lord has said, “My ways are not your ways. My thoughts are not yours.” -Isaiah 55:8

    Christ proclaimed more: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”

    The essence of meek is to be patient with ignorance, slow to anger and never hold a grudge. In other words: how comforted you will be when you also know humility; when you know yourself, the good and the bad, for both cut through every human heart.

    “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, they will be filled.”

    In other words: how comforted you will be when your greatest desire is to do what “God requires, and he has already told you what that is; BE JUST, BE MERCIFUL and walk humbly with your Lord.”-Micah 6:8

    “Blessed are the merciful, they will be shown mercy.”

    In other words: how comforted you will all be when you choose to return only kindness to your ‘enemy.’

    “For with the measure you measure against another, it will be measured back to you” Christ warns his disciples as he explains the law of karma in Luke 6:27-38.

    “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they see God.”

    In other words: how comforted you will be when you WAKE UP and see God is already within you, within every man, every woman and every child. The Supreme Being is everywhere, the Alpha and Omega, beginning and end. Beyond The Universe -and yet so small; within the heart of every atom.

    “Blessed are The Peacemakers: THEY shall be called the children of God.”

    And what a wonderful world it would be when we all seek peace by pursuing justice; for there can be none without the other.

    “Blessed are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires, theirs is The Kingdom of Heaven.”

    And one fine day the lion will lie down with The Lamb

    And man will make war no more;

    And create the Kingdom of God on planet earth:

    PEACE, PEACE, PEACE!

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    Jackie ONeil on June 29, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Well for starters definitely no more fighting it is such a waste of time, money, man power, equipment and much more. Haven’t we had enough of blasting each other off the map?? I think so. Why not just talk with each other am sure there are still a lot of people whom feel as I do, that discussing a situation is so much better than killing or using money that could be put to better use like building our farms up again, and putting our people back to work where they really want to be anyway, yes a truism for sure people want to work so let us open up our factories here in America instead of overseas what a waste. We need to clean our own house instead of looking for trouble outside – it would be a blessing if we had people in congress that believed in to be supporting of ourselves, so bring all our jobs back home where they belong so our people can get to work and you will find a bunch of happy people. Thanks for reading this and taking action on it. Jackie ONeil

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    Gail Mulligan on June 29, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Peace means reaching out in care and concern for all God’s people throughout the world and saying we want to help you to live with liberty, justice and peace. We want to think of ourselves as citizens of this one world and war is not the answer. We don’t want to do an eye for an eye. We want violence to stop. We want peace which is faith, hope and love for all. Like so many others who have molded me, like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Desmond Tutu and others, I will die but I will not kill, since killing is wrong.

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    Isabel Quilantan on June 29, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Peace is destroying everything that you do not like. European civilization has this down pat.

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    Keo Somony on June 29, 2011 at 9:20 pm

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    Rebecca Corwin on June 29, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    I grew up in a family where there was precious little peace. Often it didn’t seem to lack peace, but in truth it was full of potholes–as I suspect the roads in many places have serious problems–from bombs or just from difficult roads.

    Children need stability and peace; their families need stability and peace; their regions need stability and peace. We all have obligations to help others find their own ways to peace. We don’t always know who we will work with; we must learn to support others and not to minimize what may seem less serious than problems often are. It will make a difference.

    Thank you for being there. We need you everywhere, President Carter. You are a living example of peace.

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    Bonnie Habel on June 29, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    From acquaintance to friend, open dialogue about our disagreements, absence of violence. First we have justice, then we have peace.

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    Freda Barnes on June 29, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    A world without war, were differences are resolved through diplomacy.

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    Marsha Raulerson on June 29, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Peace is freedom from fear

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    Art Hanson on June 29, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    At the minimum, Peace is the absence of war, military actions, and all forms of violence. Peace should be understanding and good relations among all including those who disagree.

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    sidney topol on June 29, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    “an eye for an eye and the whole world will be blind”

    ghandi

    libby and I send best wishes to President Carter

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    Han LI on June 30, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Peace means respect, tolerate, and admire. We all have our different opinions and intersts, but we need to respect others’ civilization and history, tolerate others’ fault and admire others’ contribution to the world.

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    Bonnie Breckenridge on June 30, 2011 at 1:51 am

    A wise man once said: “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” That man was Jimi Hendrix.

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    NIMPAGARITSE JUSTINE on June 30, 2011 at 2:39 am

    For me, Peace is our hearts inner peace. There is Peace when children sleep quietly whithout hunger; when parents believe that their children will never be killed again; and when they are happy to see that their children are fed, housed, cared and go to school. There is peace when children are out of torpor of being abandonned. Peace is security of each person.

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    Gregory Amour on June 30, 2011 at 3:10 am

    Arab children and Jewish cildren holding hands Arab and Jewish neighbors sharing lands Wealthy families sharing their great store as more fortunate friends share with the poor Putting down weapons so bloodshed will cease healing old wounds…These things are Peace

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    Mansur Abubakar on June 30, 2011 at 3:12 am

    peace means people living with others in justice and equality.not forcing your ideas onto others.american peace is no peace.respect others point of views.

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    Mike Oleyar on June 29, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Peace is freedom from a want for freedom.

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    Shaban Ali on June 30, 2011 at 4:03 am

    respect to humanity

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    Jennifer Daniels on June 30, 2011 at 12:09 am

    What is Peace? Peace is like a precious gem. It is multi-faceted and precious. To me, peace is many things, but it is not a gem. It is to complicated and diverse for that.

    This precious thing called Peace is not money, spirituality, or lack of conflict. Although these things can help create some degree of peace… there can be a fraction of it.

    Peace at its simplist is Freedom, Ability, Stability, and/or Opportunity.

    That covers everything from food, shelter, to education. It is the ability to chose your environment. To be self sufficient. It is the ability to see a doctor or a dentist. The flexibility to meet challenges without the challenge being life threatening.

    It is the stability of your life, community, and your country. It is the support of friends. It is the support of family. It is being able to get clean. It is privacy. Dignity. It is the amount that a person can function during an emergency. It is safety.

    Peace is everything… and yet it is nothing. If it is here, we’re happy. We don’t call it being peaceful because we’re to happy to name it.

    I don’t call quiet and stillness peaceful. Something that is beautiful or innocent might seem peaceful, but I think of Peace as an active, mobile thing morphing in shape to fit the ideal for individuals that are able to seek it. The aspects that make up peace can move us through life.

    Personally…. my own personal peace is very fragile. I don’t have flexibility. I’m not mobile enough … not capable enough… but I do have some amount of Peace … because I have Hope.

    Hope is the thing that Peace is born from…. it is the beginning.

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    Jennifer Daniels on June 30, 2011 at 12:11 am

    I forgot to mention that peace is also a lack of fear.

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    mbho shongwe on June 30, 2011 at 5:53 am

    Respect of democracy, human rights, rule of law, equal opportunity and prosperity for all human kind. Mbho

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    Carroll Hillhouse on June 30, 2011 at 6:07 am

    Peace means having my sons, Jon and Clay home from battle. They are both members of the U S Army.

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    Anonymous on June 30, 2011 at 7:21 am

    the peace simply means total tolerance to other person’s religion, culture, ethnic and diversity in order to achieve mutual cooperation for human development. There must be no racial discrimination, and dominance on vulnerable group. the war must abolish and conflict should be used functionally for human development.

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    Maria Paez on June 30, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Peace means for me to be there for my family and friends when they need me and when they don’t. Peace for me is that feeling of knowing that you are giving and doing the best you can everyday. Peace give me a sense of well-being. Peace is to do right even if you are in your most difficult times. Peace for everyone.

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    Coulibaly Tiohozon on June 30, 2011 at 8:25 am

    La paix c’est le bien tre pour chacun dans une socit non violente o les droits des personnes sont respects.

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    Ima Jackson on June 30, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Dear Mr. & Mrs. Carter, “Peace means exercising legitimate powers of mediation to build tranquil bridges through unpaved barriers within our global community; to transform and empower all human beings economically, educationally and socially to live with dignity and join the pantheon of Leadership to Heal the Land” Sincerely Yours, Ima Ikon Jackson Copyright ? 2011

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    Roger Davis on June 30, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Dear Mr. President: For a long, long time I’ve thought I ought to apologize to you for not voting for you when you ran for president. Nor did I vote for you when you ran for re-election. For those actions, I apologize. After Reagan won the presidency, I began to realize what he and the “Reaganites” were doing to our personal freedoms. I was personally offended by his actions against the U.S. Civil Service employees. It was then I had my political “epiphany” and have not voted Republican ever since. May God bless you & your family, keeping you well and safe. Roger Davis Union, MO

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    Debreh Gilbert on June 30, 2011 at 9:16 am

    PEACE means that , as smart,soulful & spiritual beings, we respect each other; feed each other in our minds, hearts and bodies. It means that we understand and respect all living things. We do not bend to the will of money! We study , comprehend and honor the ways of many peoples. We rejoice in our differences and our “alikenesses”. We are caretakers of each other and of our world–the animals, plants, beliefs, ideas, possibilities and beyond. Peace by for us!

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    Fulata Moyo on June 30, 2011 at 5:14 am

    Peace is living a life rooted in love with the deep realisation and acceptance of the fact that as creation, we are interconnected and interdependent and therefore our search for justice, especially gender justice, is a search for justice intertwined, intercontextual as well as structural for each and every being-addressing race, sexuality, class, caste, ability, ecology, economy etc. In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”!

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    Peter Mann on June 30, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Peace means calm. contentment, the absence of contention and hostility.

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    Bulus Mancha on June 30, 2011 at 5:33 am

    Peace means justice

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    Kenny Crump on June 30, 2011 at 11:19 am

    To me peace includes elements of reconciliation, harmony, justice (not punitive), wholeness and non-violence.

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    Daniel Barnaba on June 30, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Peace means no more mines and no shooting at innocent people; we can play and draw on the ground, because the land will be ours and no mine, will plant our seeds and satisfy with what we have.

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    Dorothy Martin on June 30, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Being in harmony with all other living things: humans, animals, plants, the environment; including absence of strife, coercion, greed, malice, and abuse; sharing love when we can and at least respect when we cannot; providing solace and hope to those in need; appreciating, preserving and sharing the wonders of the universe .

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    Uttam Paudel on June 30, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Peace means everything. It helps in economic prosperity and thus solve many of our World problems, it gives freedom, it brings joy and happiness in people, it helps focus in health and scientific researches that makes the World a better place, it helps solve our financial and debt problems, it is an example that we obey the Laws and Constitution and it says we are all children of God now grown up to help God to make this earth as a heaven or a better place.

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    Judy Schomaker on June 30, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Listening…Hearing…Thinking…Patience…Thoughful Dialogue…Acceptance…Empowerment!

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    Marybeth Radcliff on June 30, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Security. Knowing that my family will have the basic needs including healthcare. Food, shelter and love.

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    Robert Fournier on June 30, 2011 at 11:30 am

    God’s Glue

    So peace is the absence of war,
    As darkness opposites light,
    Not so!
    Peace sings joy to the soul.

    Three foreign engagements
    Are a plank in our eyes, when
    At home an unwritten amendment
    Proclaims; “Greed is good.”

    St Paul referenced:
    Immorality, debauchery, Greed
    As self-worship. Without doubt;
    Pews half-empty in America.

    Never peace
    Without God’s Spirit as marrow.
    Fools think themselves
    As gods, gods, and more good gods.

    Go forth and teach,
    “God’s Glue.”

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    Robert New on June 30, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Peace mean safety, freedom from fears of being assaulted, injured, maimed, or killed.

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    Jeri Williams on June 30, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Peace is harmony among people communicating acknowledgement and acceptance of differences, setting aside strife for the good of all people and the planet. Peace be with you! :)

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    Khem Raj Sedhai on July 1, 2011 at 12:36 am

    For me, pease means JUSTICE. If no justice of any kind there is no justice. As a student of law, I strongly believe on it. Thank you. Khem Raj Sedhai Nepal Law Campus Kathmandu,Nepal

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    Judy Carter on July 1, 2011 at 1:02 am

    The ability to love one’s self and live with the ability to accept others who are different from ourselves

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    Debreh Gilbert on June 30, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Peace means that, as soulful and spirital beings, we respect each other, feed one another; share our minds, hearts and bodies. It means that we understand and respect all living and many created things. We do not bend to the will of money. We study and comprehend the ways of many unique and special peoples. We praise our differences and bask in our “alikenesses.” We act as caretakers and experience being cared for : One World filled with beliefs, poetry, ideas, possibilities, and beyond.

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    Nancy Settle on July 1, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Peace is no more violence, hate, greed,inhumanity. Peace is the everflowing of communication, caring, giving, understanding, forgiveness and love. Peace must flow both ways to exist.

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    Feyera Sobokssa on July 1, 2011 at 9:28 am

    We, torture survivors, and people that work at the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC) International get energized by reading and rereading this: “Peace: It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.” Author unknown. Feyera Sobokssa A torture survivor from Ethiopia

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    John T. Raible on July 3, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Peace is enjoying my family and friends. Being able to worship my beliefs and to voice my opinions without repercussion. Peace to all.

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    Linda Talley on July 3, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Peace includes attunement to Spirit, being at ease within, serenity, wisdom and a broad perspective, good will expessed towards all from all, fruitful silence and joy in action. To the degree we each embody peace, we contribute towards world peace.

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    adolfo montano on July 4, 2011 at 4:17 am

    doing the right thing without nobody noticing, because there really is no need to act when you know what youre doing is right.

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    Steven Crowell on July 9, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Peace, for me, will be… when federal motor vehicle safety standards are enforced for automobile interior partitions, such as those used in taxis and police cars. Currently all partitions fall short of compliance requirements. The carnage resulting from poorly designed partitions is astronomical.