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Recently I watched a presentation by Teacher, John Hunter from TED2011 conference. Mr. Hunter is a courageous, gentle, engaging man. His desires come from deep personal experience of wanting a better world of Peace in the purest truth of the word. He was talking about the World Peace Game he created for his students.

I completely agree with the form of education of interaction, engagement, hands-on real world learning of all subjects in real world applications. Similarly visioned education was proposed by Rudolph Steiner back in the early 1900s with the subsequent models of Waldorf, Montessori and many Charter Schools emerging.

What caught my attention and discomfort was the language and framework used in the World Peace Game. So ingrained in human culture and purposefully done so, is the militaristic approach to solving problems. From Mr. Hunter’s presentation, in the

World Peace Game all problems and solutions are outlined and approached as if participants were an army battalion under with the orders and structural plan of hierarchical domination.

Even in innocent dialogue words of fight, war on, battle against and so on  can play into this mindset. The students take this all seriously, even the fun within searching for answers and solutions. At their young ages with sponge-like minds they do not yet understand the power of the language and military scenarios will imprint into their innocent, compassion and love filled psyche.

All too obvious are these versions of solutions, just look at the news media. Pain and suffering perpetuated by both winners and losers  are horrifying. The money amassed, spent and amassed again by the Military Industrial Complex is beyond my capacity to adequately express its profound impact on humanity.

And such is the seed of mindset buried in the population’s psyche that many with the most pure intentions and desires for change and to improve the dynamics within systems such as education and health are thwarted at each turn.

The grand vision and outcome of the World Peace Game is to teach, example living and leadership and to allow young minds to interact, solve problems, decide on consequences and learn the difference between power and victim, privilege and poverty, negations and charity.

All through the windows of the military structure. Young minds and hearts with a huge desire to change the world continue to be imprinted with the out dated, corrupted and ineffective patriarchal programming of Us, Them, Friend, Foe, Have, Have nots, who owns the power is the power!

The New Paradigm

Using the interactive game model of education and leadership in the highest degree can develop understanding, leadership, mutual problem solving, deriving mutual benefits based on relative needs, dignity and empowerment of individuals and groups (in whatever form). This can be achieved without the use of toy tanks, soldiers, territory battle fields, military language with one side always being perceived as aggressor, trouble maker, charity case, less than because of skin color, clothes, beliefs and culture.

World Peace is and will not be achieved by war, real or illusionary.

Are there people and solutions working and living towards this end now? YES! Amazing people, Mr Hunter included. Men and women, young and old – yet many more are needed. Not the political figures whose $$$$ signs are supposed to dictate authority and integrity!

It is those like you and I – quietly or not so quietly LIVING for the Vision of Peace to be achieved. And that Vision of Peace can only be achieved by Living and Striving and Finding that Peace within ourselves FIRST. Games, tools, books, beginning education – all education on this one foundation stone sets the foundation for the rest of the building, no matter the direction, no matter the shape.

War and Peace are both within the Human Life Experience.

To translate the English words War and Peace from a numerological perspective: Ancient Pythagorean  Numerology (there are always 2 sides – negative/positive solutions. The choice is which one each applies!)

War = 5 + 1 + 9 – (negative outcome)  

Restricting freedom and change (5) of the individuals (1) allows for control of the whole (9)

Peace = 7 + 5 + 1 + 3 +5 (positive outcome)

Trust (7) releases restrictions (5) of Self/Individuals (1) to Communicate/Express (3) Freedom and Change (5)

Games, tools, education and leadership that encourages each individual more knowledge of themselves (on their terms), addresses the wants and needs of each/all sides and then can work together to cooperatively create and fulfill the greater vision of the group/country and also have the wants and needs of each individual gifted without the militaristic structure will be the foundation of the New Paradigm of Peace for all people.

This is no piper dream…..it works now!

Change the Perspective, Change the outcome!

Until next time……….

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