peace

A state in which there is no war or fighting; freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions. (Merriam Webster)

Easier wished for than achieved.

Complicated and thwarted persistently by (religion, race, nationality, territory, resources, ideology, scarcity, fear, greed, ignorance…)

Little steps help. At exalt, we use a timeless reference to an optical illusion to introduce conflict resolution in our classroom. 

Just by letting students get a momentary, but very visceral feeling of seeing something from a totally different perspective, one they may have adamantly denied even existed initially, we encourage them to imagine how accessing this memory might help them prevent a future conflict. Something that in their disproportionately law-enforced worlds might lead to their arrest in school.

peace.

A sign of harmony characterized by the lack of violence, conflict behaviors and the freedom from fear of violence. Commonly understood as the absence of hostility and retribution, peace also suggests sincere attempts at reconciliation, the existence of healthy or newly healed interpersonal or international relationships, prosperity in matters of social or economic welfare, the establishment of equality, and a working political order that serves the true interests of all. (Wikipedia)

Easier said than done.

Better said, than read: the challenges of achieving peace by Andre 3000:

“N****s always be hollering “peace”, you know what I’m saying, “peace my brother”, peace this, peace that, know what I’m saying... but every time I try to get a piece of mine, n****s try to get a piece of mine, so I gotta grab my piece... “ (Outkast, Return of the G, Aquemini)

Nevertheless, the most important ideal worth working towards. Always.

exalt wishes you a piece of peace this holiday season.

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