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"There is no way to peace; peace is the way."

If an oppressive society lacks violence, the society is nonetheless not peaceful, because of the injustice of the oppression. Justice is an inherent and necessary aspect; that peace requires not only the absence of violence but also the presence of justice.
As millions of Americans celebrate what they think is a free nation tomorrow, let us remember those who suffer under "our" guise of war. We can only relish in freedoms joy, when all people are truly free and at peace.


Peace:
Is a state of harmony, the absence of hostility. This term is applied to describe a cessation of or lapse in violent international conflict; in this international context, peace is the opposite of war. Peace can also describe a relationship between any parties characterized by respect, justice, and goodwill.

More generally, peace can pertain to an individual relative to her or his environment, as peaceful can describe calm, serenity, and silence. This latter understanding of peace can also pertain to an individual's sense of himself or herself, as to be "at peace" with one's self would indicate the same serenity, calm, and equilibrium within oneself.




"This is peace,
To conquer love of self and lust of life,
To tear deep-rooted passion from the heart
To still the inward strife."