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Eye to eye – and the world goes blind

Mahatma Gandhi never received the Nobel Peace Prize he should have had. His teachings in non-violent conflict management have been and are a great inspiration to many, but are not so widely used by top politicians. 

The Gandhi quote the headline refers to is relevant to the many despairing situations we see around us today of revenge and confrontation. It seems that man's enormous advantage over other living beings – namely our ability to insight, dialogue and communication – has been put out of play in a childish sandbox behavior where "you hit me, I hit you" has taken over for an adult, future-oriented thinking. Is humanity only in its infancy? Does it risk staying there? Have we allowed a completely obsolete and testosterone-filled masculinity to prevail in international relations, where the use of weapons and threats is seen as a legitimate extension and confirmation of one's own muscles, strength and power?
The news of the terrorist attacks in Paris on 13 November last year came in the middle of The World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates (Nobel Summit) in Barcelona. . . .

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Ingeborg Breines
Breines is an adviser, former President of the International PEACE Bureau and former UNESCO Director.

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