The Makings of Peace

Understanding nature

In 1978 Legendary explorer Thor Heyerdahl burnt his handcrafted reed boat, the Tigris, in Djibouti, against the wars raging in the Middle East, stating:

“To the innocent masses in all industrialized countries, we direct our appeal. We must wake up to the insane reality of our time … We are all irresponsible, unless we demand from the responsible decision makers that modern armaments must no longer be made available to people whose former battle axes and swords our ancestors condemned.”

The Tigris burns, Djibouti, 1978

A yearly event, the Up Helly Aa, takes place every winter in my native Shetland Islands, Scotland:

I live in a forest. The scientific community is learning what woodsmen and women have known for a long while. Natural forest fires are good for a forest, and clear dense undergrowth.

When a seed germinates it needs to destroy itself to recreate and grow.

The greatest enemy of peace is also its best friend. The question is how to manage the transformation towards peace, or in fact not intrude on it, thus fanning the flames.

a warm acorn
in the embers of the fire
under the snow flakes
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