Dec. 2, 2016: Perspectives on the meaning of peace abound, by Bruce Nutter

Bruce Nutter
Bruce Nutter

When I look at the definition of peace in Webster’s dictionary, it lists things like “freedom from public disturbance and disorder,” “peace of mind” and “tranquility.” These are all positive attributes and goals for each of us.

I have served on the Concordia Year of Peace Committee spearheaded by the Sisters of St. Joseph and I feel that the Civility Pledge with its hundreds of signatures was definitely an awakening, It encouraged us to make a conscious effort to be better citizens, thus creating peace not only locally, but any place we interacted with other people.

There are many quotes from famous people offering their perspectives on peace. Here are a few:

“A peace is of the nature of a conquest; for both parties nobly are subdued, and neither party a loser” (William Shakespeare)

“A people free to choose will always choose peace.” (Ronald Reagan)

“I do not want the peace that passeth understanding. I want understanding which bringeth peace.” (Helen Keller)

“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” (Eleanor Roosevelt)

“Peace begins with a smile.” (Mother Theresa)

I hope that as you read these, you’ll think about what the word peace means to you.

— Bruce Nutter is owner of Nutter’s Mortuary and a member of the Concordia Year of Peace Committee.

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