Where are the instruments of peace?

A friend says, apropos the difficulties peace has with the competition (war).

“It’s all about instruments.

You see, everything becomes easier when there are instruments for the job, when things are easy to visualize.

With war all this is taken care of, but not with peace. You hear the word, you see the picture in your mind. That helps.

The instruments of war are well known, often visually attractive, crafted to please even the aesthetic among us.”

“And admit it — even if you are a peacenik there is a certain magic in holding a beautiful knife or revolver in your hand.

You can sense that it speaks to your centripetal instincts.  It focuses power. The tip of the knife, the muzzle of the gun stands for focus,  aim. Those things are philosophically important as well.

So you see that what you call the “competition” has the instruments. Peace hasn’t.”

Oh yeah? I reply. Watch this.



These instruments of peace are not shooting anything or anyone. They are diffusing, sharing, filling the atmosphere with vibrations.

Or look at this angelic “army” of Ondes Martenot players. They sure have instruments.

And let’s not forget the most basic instrument of all. Again, easy to visualize.

Some instruments of war, like shotguns and cluster bombs,  also do not focus. Instead they diffuse and spread their deadly content over large areas.

Musical instruments spread life-giving matter over large areas.

So next time you think of “peace”, think this:

Or this:

The instruments of peace are all around us. We just have to look in the right direction.

Enemies of peace: FRUSTRATION

Enemy is a war-word, but I wanted to make the statement strong. We can say “obstacle” but I believe it’s more than that.

The frustration I am thinking of is aligned with fatalism. (Frustration is more active while fatalism moves towards coma.)

“The world is in a mess, people are disagreeing, quarreling, shouting, shooting and killing each other. Everything if going down the drain… and… there’s just nothing I can do about it… How frustrating it all is!”

If it really were so — that you could do nothing — it would be bad indeed. But there are things we can do. The situation can be changed.

-How? And whence your optimism?

I am optimistic because we are the situation. We are inside of it, not outside.  That’s reason for hope.

I am not only a cat, I am also part of the house and the household.

So there is reason for hope. Very importantly, we don’t really KNOW what is possible until we have tried. Surmising will not do.

The danger of frustration/fatalism is that it makes us resign and give up at the very first step.  We lose before even entering the contest. The best, certainly the cheapest, way to win a war is making your opponent think he has no chance of winning.

He will surrender without even having collected himself and his forces. Just listen to Mr Fatalist.

FIND failure REPLACE success

Since frustration and fatalism are so strong it is VERY IMPORTANT to get them out of the way and regain hope, restore  faith in our ability to change things.

I mean, look at me. Who am I? A musician, a pianist who got into his head that he could perhaps make a BIG difference with these thoughts about peace and Venus.

A cardinal aspect of the question is  doing. Action is needed. But not just muscular effort fueled by strong emotions, not just shouting slogans in a protest march. That is not enough.

Thinking is needed, but that also is not enough. Intelligent thinking needs be aligned with action.

When we actually DO something we immediately feel less frustrated. That also goes for shouting in a protest march, but I personally distrust slogans and emotion-based shouting. Yes, it is good to shout away, as Sally Bowles did in Cabaret under a railway bridge. But shouting and marching will just get rid of surplus energy; it will not create harmony.

You can hear the paradox and dissonance of that. Harmony is not born from disharmony.

Fighting fire with fire.

So we need to act but also think carefully about WHAT to do. Sometimes  this is not hard at all. A very simple, but still often not performed action  is SHARING.

Instead of sharing fun videos and pictures of cute animals we can share important thoughts with our friends and acquaintances. If they also realize the “Power of Now Share” the rings on the water can grow into substantial proportions. What was mere marginal intellectual effort can turn into intelligent heat wave, which in turn waters the soil for a harmonious future.

There are other things one can do, like meeting with friends and arrange occasions for discussing peace and unite in activities such as music making, philosophical/paxological cafes, etc.

If possible, try to meet in the real broadband of the IRL world (= all the senses are online, as opposed to the ridiculously low (but admittedly fast) bandwidth of the digital world). In the digital domain it is soo easy to just sit and sit, click here and there, but not do much more.

And more is needed for peace.

So give Venusian peace a chance and watch out for the frustration virus. You could start by sharing this article.

Welcome

Welcome to Prepare for Peace, one third of the Venusian Peace Project.

The subject here is obviously peace, but not in an obvious way. When we say the word “peace” certain associations pop up, but they are not very relevant here.

Venusian peace is a different animal. Fortunately. Because the usual kind of peace is neither very interesting, enjoyable, or even peaceful. Some think of balance of power as peace, while weapon-based peace does not strike us as being peaceful.

Venus does.

That’s why this is called the Venusian Peace Project.

If the word “peace” is a container, we suggest that the content be harmony, art, music, balance, beauty and love.

Those Venusian qualities makes peace capable of withstanding and balancing the competition, which is war and foremost crypto-war (= milder forms of war-related activities like debates, tournaments, contests, action movies, computer games, and generally most things built on the win-lose model. As in the motto for the movie The Highlander: THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE.)

What is today called peace we call proto-peace — not yet real peace.

Venusian peace is peace in bloom.

Alfred Stevens Portrait d'une jeune femme

Here is a video presentation:

Ladislaus Horatius

[The painting: Portrait d’une jeune femme by Alfred Stevens]