Needed: A Department Of Peace


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Many of us have lost a lot of confidence in organized authority. For over the past 10,000 years, we have seen progress in almost every facet of human existence: medical, scientific, structural, and economic. However, there appears to have been no improvement in the day-to-day running of governments.

Still with us, and exacerbated, are wars, torture, rapes, murders and the like. The inefficiency of governments is legion. As Rodney King said, “Can't we all get along?"

I propose a Department Of Peace. I don't think that it has been tried before so what have we got to loose? While governments are notorious for hiring educated vice intelligent people, perhaps that too, may change.

I'm certain that there are opposing views. Some people may say that we are “soft" on things. Some may argue that we are weak on National Security, War on Crime, etc. However, with intelligent leadership, deft management and an open mind, there is a chance, just a chance, for positive change.

Today, there are many groups, each with a separate agenda for peace. I certainly do not minimise these groups in their sincere effort to bring about change. And certainly, where would mankind be if we did not have the churches, charities, support groups and others that look at people with a heart instead of a gun?

It is a dangerous world and it is getting smaller every minute. If we are to survive in any appreciable number, some things must change.

It all begins in the heart.

Gene Smith is an author and international songwriter from West Virginia. He hold a B. A. and is a Former Fellow of the International Society For Philosophical Enquiry. He has contributed work to the World Peace Prayer Society. He lives near Charles Town.


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