Sunday, October 11, 2009

Nobel Peace Prize

I’ve listened to various reactions about President Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize, and I appreciate his response of being undeserving. But personally, I LIKE that it’s not about accomplishment. In our culture, accomplishments trump just about everything. But there’s a level that intention is very valuable on, because it’s a huge shift in attitude from the way conflict has been handled throughout history. It’s a move from a win-lose mentality to a win-win mentality that is rarely seen on this global level. This is the kind of peace that I’m interested in. Isn’t it time we see ourselves as more than “Americans”, and see ourselves as world citizens? And instead of being the kind of family that punishes dissent, learn to be a family where we seek to understand each other? We can still disagree, but what if we approach conflict with a desire to understand, rather than conquer? It’s certainly not easy, and there are no guarantees. It’s more vulnerable and more scary to do things this way. And as with any risk that has potential to succeed, there’s also potential to fail. I would much rather take the chance, than continue the legacy of “what’s always been done”. It takes commitment and courage to have this kind of intention, because resistance to change is part of the process too. Worthwhile, significant change usually happens incrementally, with a few steps forward, and a few steps back. But to have the intention to move in a new direction is so worthwhile, and so needed–I don’t have a problem with rewarding it. It would be even better if we ALL chose this intention, and the Nobel Peace Prize could go to everyone on earth.

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