The bumper sticker “If you want peace, work for justice.” displays such an impoverished concept of peace. As if the purpose of most violence weren’t precisely to impose or prolong injustice! As if a Pax Romana, social order via the threat of extreme violence, were actually any kind of peace. (In those days of Caesar Augustus, “approximately one in every three persons in Rome and Italy was a slave“.) As if MAD preparations for genocide were peace, because no one’s pushed the button yet.
Tacitus, as Calgacus, sure it got it right when he wrote “They make a desert, and call it peace.”
According to Blayney Colmore
We were required to take part in a training by the Fellowship of Reconciliation. To this day, I carry in my wallet the handout they gave us. Burned into my memory is their teaching about real revolutionary change, the toughest standard I have encountered before or since:
When confronted by someone who opposes your view, picture where in your solution to the problem your opponent fits. If there is no place for him, it is not a revolution, not greater justice, but merely replacing his tyranny with yours.