Source: (2005) Vermont Bar Journal and Law Digest. 31(3).

Peace is not merely the absence of war. We have learned a few things in the last 350 years since Hobbes wrote his famous treatise. It is more than the cessation of hostilities or the suppression of violence. True peace—shalom—is the presence of mutual respect and cooperation. It is the basis of a productive life lived in harmony and dignity. Peace is a basic social good. A deep understanding of peace together with skills in building, maintaining, and restoring it is a necessary part of mature citizenship in a liberal democracy. Knowing how to make, build, and keep peace is a primary citizenship skill. (excerpt)

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