Esteemed thinkers: Voices of Peace

Reelfoot Lake State Park, Tennessee Onomatopoeia is a funny sounding word, a poetic device used by writers when they craft their work. For those who may wish for a reminder definition: onomatopoeia are words used to imitate natural sounds such as hiss, splash, and bang. Most of us use them in our conversations such as, “I drizzled sugar over my cereal.” Drizzle is our onomatopoeia.

Let us take a look at the word Peace…in English the c in the middle of the word is soft as compared to the hard c in the middle of the word chocolate. They both conjure up positive images (unless you are not a fan of chocolate) yet the latter does not sound like what it is; a most delicious flavor. On the other hand the word Peace, with its soft c at the end almost tries to extend itself a little longer than many other words, as though it were a breeze although rallies us like a hurricane. (Say it aloud and you’ll see what I mean.)

Is Peace an onomatopoeia? Perhaps not by formal rhetorical rights however, I find myself justifying it as such. For me Peace sounds like what it denotes, yet sadly it is not always fulfilled within the constraint of its meaning. It is often presented as lovely as a delicate flower in a bud vase, but then too often maligned, misused, abused, mangled, lied to, and toppled without regard to its heirs and heiresses.

Today’s blog is devoted to Peace; dear to all man and womankind. Many esteemed thinkers have offered us their words… here is just a mere sampling of their wisdom.

window “For it isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” Eleanor Roosevelt

“I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it.” Dwight D. Eisenhower

“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” Nelson Mandela

“The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war”. Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Peace is not an absence of war; it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.” Baruch Spinoza

“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” Albert Einstein

“Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.” Buddha

“Only in freedom is permanent peace possible.” Jane Addams

7 thoughts on “Esteemed thinkers: Voices of Peace

  1. I feel that Desire, is the nemesis of peace, be it on a personal or global level. The former is a challenge I have duty towards for the sake of my own well being and those around me.
    The latter? Well, the historical evidence would suggest, that war is in our nature. There is little evidence to suggest, that we have learned and applied anything positive from the results of our knowledge of the devastation that mass conflict produces. Although we have certainly learned, enthusiastically it seems, how to wage war more efficiently.
    We know war is bad, yet we do it anyway.
    I am an optimist. I have to be, I have small children. I simply keep one, sardonic, eye open.

    Your posts are fantastic. They provoke me. In a good way.

  2. I’ve been thinking about “peace” as onomatopoeia. I’m torn because that ssss sound isn’t exactly calm if you think of snake or sin, but I definitely see what you mean when compared with a hard C! So maybe it’s the placement in the word–not being the initial letter, but as the Z in breeze, which you mention. Well, that wasn’t really your main point anyway ;). Beautiful quotes and your sentiments are lovely.

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