Pragmatic Pacifism And Peacemaking Must Be Seen As Parts Of A Broad Framework For Building Cultures

1841 Words Sep 27th, 2015 8 Pages
Pragmatic pacifism and peacemaking must be seen as parts of a broad framework for building cultures of Peace at individual and community levels. But how exactly can individuals make a difference? Scholars of Peace such as John Paul Lederach [Led-er-rack] have identified three levels of leadership that are essential to peacebuilding. First is the top-level leadership which includes military, political, religious leaders with high visibility involved in high-level negotiations to resolve conflicts. Second, are middle ranged leaders respected in various sectors: ethnic and religious leaders, academics, intellectuals and humanitarian leaders involved in interventions such as problem-solving workshops, training in conflict resolution, and peace commissions. Finally, there is the grassroots leadership including leaders of NGO’s, community leaders, student activists and ordinary citizens involved in local peace commissions, grassroots training, prejudice reduction, and psychosocial work. So, in peacebuilding processes, there is a role for everyone.
Moral Dilemmas
I have so far attempted to make the case for pragmatic pacifism and sustainable peacebuilding as possible panaceas in our conflict-ridden world. In the tradition of scholarly self-criticism, however, let me now take a movement to reflect on the moral dilemmas [dee-le-mas] inherent in these approaches. What are possibilities and perils of peacemaking when we must balance personal liberties with collective security,…
Open Document