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The path of the Peacemaker paved with exile

Updated: Feb 19, 2020

There is no easy path. Everyone who decides to step out from the line and starts to create his/her own path, sooner or later will face with opposition from the main stream.

The interesting fact in it, is the more pure is your aim, the harder the resistance will be.

For example

- Take a Buddhist monk who has a special vision about encouraging other monks to actively engage with people suffering and publishes his ideas in magazines.

-Go forward... What about if that particular monk seeing other monks burning themselves alive - as a protest against the war - starts to use his international connection to reach out for public attention?

- And to the top of it, what if he uses these connection and submits a peace proposal to stop bombing and offers reconstruction aid, free of political and ideological strings.

Does that seem something punishable?


But as a result, he got banned for 39 years from his home. Ironically, that exile was the very one thing in what the opponent parts agreed.

Thich Nhat Hahn believed in his call and followed it with determination. He established the Order of Interbeing, where one of the basic principle is the Reverence of Life, It says:

'Do not kill. Do not let others kill. Find whatever means possible to protect life and build peace.'