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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?


Post your thoughts below, and share what “Peace” means to you.

You can turn your principles into action by becoming a Peacekeeper. By making monthly gifts to The Carter Center, Peacekeepers help support long-term projects like fighting Guinea worm disease, or a country’s first election as it begins the path to becoming an inclusive, fully functioning democracy.   Learn how you can become a Carter Center Peacekeeper >

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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.

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