Sunday, April 22, 2007

Paths to Peace

Thoughtful Saturday. Heard writer and illustrator Jane Breskin Zalben speak about her writing, art, and her books.
The Idaho Peace Coalition coordinated with a host of others from the community to bring her, specifically because of her book "Paths to Peace: People Who Changed the World." It features 16 people who have made a difference in the world, including Mahatma Gandhi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Elie Wiesel, the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, and Cesar Chavez. Accompanying the text are collage works by Breskin Zalben, which are on display at a local gallery.

Seeing the original artwork along with the text, very moving for me. Humbling and inspiring to learn what each of these people did; their commitment, passion, courage. And loved the collages Breskin Zalben created for each one; metaphoric compilations of what they did, rather than literal portraits. I may go back and see them again.

Tikkun olan—actions of hope and love, rather than hatred and despair. A needed balance to this week of national tragedy and grief (along with the daily death toll of Bush’s war in Iraq).

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Tikkun olan: The healing of the world; world peace; social justice.

Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.
~Mahatma Gandhi

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
~Martin Luther King

Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.
~Attributed to both Golda Meir and Indira Gandhi

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