The Art of Peace: Nobel Peace Laureates Discuss Human Rights, Conflict and Reconciliation

The Art of Peace: Nobel Peace Laureates Discuss Human Rights, Conflict and Reconciliation

The Art of Peace: Nobel Peace Laureates Discuss Human Rights, Conflict and Reconciliation

The Art of Peace: Nobel Peace Laureates Discuss Human Rights, Conflict and Reconciliation

Synopsis

Nine Nobel Peace laureates discuss human rights, conflict, and reconciliation with the conviction that morality is essential for personal, political, social, and economic balance. Biographies of each participant and photos included.

Excerpt

Sometimes it may seem that beings on this planet have reached their present state through survival of the fittest—and among the fittest, perhaps the most fierce, the most capable at combat. However, even more has been achieved through cooperation, through friendship, through care and concern. We have found that no matter how coercively force is structured, it achieves limited and shaky results.

Also, sometimes it may seem that happiness depends solely on economic success or failure. However, to a greater extent happiness depends upon the morality of cooperation, friendship, care, and concern. We have found that even though a modicum of economic success is essential, it is not sufficient for happiness.

Two types of experiments—one focused on state control and another focused on unbridled greed—have run their course; these have shown that without respect for human rights, conflict inevitably arises, thereby undermining the very control and economic development that are sought. Power and money—when not constrained from within each person out of a concern for others' rights—eventually turn against themselves, undoing the benefits for which they were pursued.

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