Peace is the breath
of our spirit.
It wells up from within the depths of our being to refresh,
to heal, to inspire.
Peace is our
Its eternal presence exists within us as a memory of where
we have come from and as a vision of where we yearn to go.
Our world is in the
midst of change.
For millennia, we have contemplated, reasoned, and practiced
the idea of peace. Yet the capacity to sustain peace eludes
us. To transcend the limits of our own thinking we must
acknowledge that peace is more than the cessation of
conflict. For peace to move across the face of the earth we
must realize, as the great philosophers and leaders before
us, that all people desire peace. We hereby acknowledge this
truth that is universal. Now humanity must desire those
things that make for peace.
We affirm that peace
is an idea whose time has come.
We call upon humanity to stand united, responding to the
need for peace. We call upon each individual to create and
foster a personal vision for peace. We call upon each family
to generate and nurture peace within the home. We call upon
each nation to encourage and support peace among its
citizens. We call upon each leader, be they in the private
home, house of worship or place of labor, to be a living
example of peace for only in this way can we expect peace to
move across the face of the earth.
World Peace begins
Arising from the spirit peace seeks expression through the
mind, heart, and body of each individual. Government and
laws cannot heal the heart. We must transcend whatever
separates us. Through giving love and respect, dignity and
comfort, we come to know peace. We learn to love our
neighbors as we love ourselves bringing peace into the
world. We hereby commit ourselves to this noble endeavor.
Peace is first a
state of mind.
Peace affords the greatest opportunity for growth and
learning which leads to personal happiness. Self-direction
promotes inner peace and therefore leads to outer peace. We
vow to heal ourselves through forgiveness, gratitude, and
prayer. We commit to causing each and every day to be a
fulfillment of our potential, both human and divine.
Peace is active, the
motion of silence, of faith, of accord, of service.
It is not made in documents but in the minds and hearts of
men and women. Peace is built through communication. The
open exchange of ideas is necessary for discovery, for
well-being, for growth, for progress whether within one
person or among many. We vow to speak with sagacity, listen
with equanimity, both free of prejudice, thus we will come
to know that peace is liberty in tranquility.
Peace is achieved by
those who fulfill their part of a greater plan.
Peace and security are attained by those societies where the
individuals work closely to serve the common good of the
whole. Peaceful coexistence between nations is the
reflection of man's inner tranquility magnified. Enlightened
service to our fellowman brings peace to the one serving,
and to the one receiving. We vow to live in peace by
embracing truths that apply to us all.
begins by thinking peacefully.
We stand on the threshold of peace-filled understanding. We
come together, all of humanity, young and old of all
cultures from all nations. We vow to stand together as
citizens of the Earth knowing that every question has an
answer, every issue a resolution. As we stand, united in
common purpose, we hereby commit ourselves in thought and
action so we might know the power of peace in our lifetimes.