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 peaceâ€”shalomâ€”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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