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What is Peace?

Peace is defined as a state of societal friendship and harmony that exists in the absence of hostility and violence. In a social context, peace is commonly defined as the absence of conflict (such as war) and the absence of fear of violence between individuals or groups. Through various forms of agreements or peace treaties, leaders throughout history have used peacemaking and diplomacy to establish a type of behavioural restraint that has resulted in the establishment of regional peace or economic growth. Such behavioural restraint has frequently resulted in less conflict, greater economic interactivity, and, as a result, significant prosperity. “Psychological peace” (such as peaceful thinking and emotions) is perhaps less well defined, but it is frequently required before establishing “behavioural peace.” Peaceful behaviour can sometimes be attributed to a “peaceful inner disposition.” Some people believe that peace can begin with a state of inner tranquillity that is unaffected by the uncertainties of daily life. The development of such a “peaceful internal disposition” for oneself and others can aid in the resolution of otherwise seemingly irreconcilable competing interests. Peace is not often found in a state of excitement, though we are happy when we are excited; rather, peace is found when one’s mind is quiet and satisfied.


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