To maintain peace in my home, I cannot consistently inform my children of the dangers lurking beyond the door. I cannot consistently remind them of just how tight the family budget is. To maintain peace in my home, my children cannot know as much as my wife and I know. But I need to be attuned with my children’s needs.
For any parent reading this, there is absolutely no novelty in this claim. A parent should be attuned to the need of the children. Those needs that are most immediate and most pressing must take precedence; those that are not can wait. But it is important to recognize that my attunement as a father to the needs of my children is impossible without a peaceful household.
If my home is defined by violence and intolerance and if my children do not feel safe within their home, they will not open up. Communication cannot flourish within this environment. Where there is a lack of communication, those in power cannot attune themselves with the needs of the people. A failure to attune one’s self to the needs of the people will result in chaos; and where there is chaos, government has failed. Thus, government must be attuned to the needs of the people.
I am one of the people that constitute the demography, that is, the diversity, of the United States of America. On nearly every front President Obama has succeeded (I’m certainly biased in my opinion), but he is failing to recognize that we the people have had enough of war. He said it himself, “Enough!”
Everyone I speak with is fed up with war, death, dying, genocide, and killing. I am a pacifist, and as an academic I can afford that luxury. I am not a soldier, but I understand the need for soldiers. I am not a supporter of war, but I understand just war theory. I did not agree with the “Bush Doctrine” but I understood the “Bush Doctrine.”
The problem with peace, as a concept, is that the vast majority of people just don’t understand what peace is. Sure peace is nonviolence; it’s antiwar, hippies, and tree-huggers, but it’s so much more than that. To say that I’m for peace doesn’t necessarily mean I’m against war. The question is what type of peace are you for?