Wanted: Peacemakers; Not Peacefakers

By  Mark Antony Rossi

Have you ever noticed in the word peacemaker there is the active word “maker” and the complete word in my book is truly a verb. The peacemaker takes action to help peace develop in a place of conflict and strife.

In today’s world we have too many peace talkers who never lift a finger to help construct peace because they actually believe position talk and cute new age words will grow “the tree of peace.” The only thing they grow is their beards because Peace is won through hard work and sacrifice; not paragraphs of horse manure and parades of poster waving job dodgers.

Talking and writing about Peace doesn’t make you a peacemaker. We have far too many peacefakers roaming the planet with idiotic speeches and books. None add up to a hill of soybeans which is why conflict and confusion reign supreme.

Peacemaking requires a deeper understanding of the turmoil and the tyrant. It requires going to the source of instability with a plan of action. Peace is not achieved in a university after lunch. Peace means skipping lunch and possibly eating crow to gain a better foothold on the problem at hand.

History shows those who make peace often risk death. Courage and risk taking are key characteristics of successful and unsuccessful peacemakers. These attributes are not found in current day peacefakers since leaving a podium or putting down an herb tea is too arduous a task.

The Bible says “Blessed are the peacemakers.” They need the blessings since humanity usually rewards their heroism with imprisonment and assassination. I challenge the reader to give serious thought to what goes into peacemaking and what you can actively do to bring it into the world. If you are sincere the tasks you perform could very well make a difference. If you are not please stay in the coffee shop. I’ll need someone to serve me a light and sweet before my next journey.

About the Author: Mark Antony Rossi is a poet, playwright and author of the bioethics volume “Dark Tech” now available from Amazon. His most recent plays have been produced in Liverpool and New York. He also hosts a podcast called Strength to be Human. 



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