Peace as a Process

by Meia Geddes

“What’s odd is that when you try to think about peace, you end up mostly thinking about war…but surely peace is something more than the mere absence of something else…Peace is not the rarefied and unblemished state of our fondest imaginings, but a more common experience that includes conflict but is not consumed by it. Peace is not a fixed or final state of being but an experimental and evolving process, necessarily imperfect and always tending towards a harmony that may never be fully attained.”

-Mark Sommer in Whole Earth Review, Summer 1986