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What does peace look like to you?

Umm, peace, to me, is…

Peace, I think...

Peace, looks like, uh...

What does peace look like to me? Um...

Peace is a world without trouble.

I think it takes many different things but the number one thing is peace on individual level. Of course, I'm saying this as a person in psychology so I look at [the] individual more than society but I think peace does start with you and having a sense of inner peace. When you have that abundance in your life, you want to spread it; it just overflows naturally and you want to help others. But when you don't have that, it's really hard to give what you don't have. (So) you're always in a place of wanting and not having. (So,) I think inner peace is where it starts.

Peace looks like every human being in this world loving each other and treating each other the way we want to be treated. It starts with love. If everybody just loved each other, we would have peace.

I think it's just, (you know), everybody treating everybody they want they want to be treated, (you know). Act like you would others to be towards you and, (you know,) if we do that, (you know,) it's going to be a lot more calm place.

Well, peace looks like, to me, an opportunity to share in discussions and, give everybody a change to give their perspective on it. To be able to listen and to respect each other. And to be able to understand, that we all have answers, and it may not be perfect but we're getting there.

You and I, together. Like, right now. At this moment. Well, we're sharing ideas, talking back and forth. And listening to each other.

Peace looks like a cupcake that is *this* big and it has peace signs on it. Hold on a second. (Retrieves/displays a very large cupcake with white frosting and multi-colored peace signs on it). That's what peace looks like.

(Interviewer: Do you think peace is possible?) Yes, I do. But we have to become intentional in teaching it. We can't just assume that everybody's going to naturally be peaceful and non-violent. So, if you go in a History class now days, how much of it is taught from war to war to war instead of from peace moment to peace moment to peace moment? (So) that when we go out in the cultured society, we have a natural leaning towards violence.

Of course peace is possible. That's not even (like), a secondary thought. Yes, peace is possible. For sure.

Oh, definitely. If everyone tries. (Interviewer: So that's what it'll take?) Everyone giving a damn.

Ideally, I would like to think it's possible but I don't think it's ever totally possible. I think there's always some kind of conflict, whether political, ideological, religious - there's always some kind of conflict. And that's kind of the downside of human nature.

I think peace is possible but at the same time, we do have to have certain emotions such as anger, aggression, that do need to be sort of distributed and (um,) exposed. Not in such a way that it causes harm to other people but in a way that gets it out of our system so that we don't keep that inside and let it get expressed in maladaptive ways.

I think it's totally possible. I don't think it's going to be an easy process to get there but it's absolutely possible once people start thinking about it and once people start talking and are willing to have these difficult conversations about different issues, it's definitely possible. 5:23

Well, there's many levels of peace. So like, inner peace or world peace. I gotta be thinking it's possible if I'm doing all these, right? Right. Sure, it's possible.  5:36

I think peace is possible. Well, I used to think so. I've gotten very, very discouraged. And the way leaders are acting...the latest news everyday is something that drags me down. (Lady next to her): If I might, I think this person, Jean Edwards, is a testament to the fact that peace is possible. This is a woman who has been active in our community for decades. Relentlessly, when there is a wrong committed, when there is police brutality, racism, a war in Iraq or Afghanistan, Jean Edwards is there on the picket line. She's out talking to people, she's out working for peace, writing for peace, talking for peace, day after day. It is very, very possible. A person like Jean Edwards gives me hope that peace is possible. 5:50

(Interviewer: Do you have peace in your own life?) I think I do. Do I have peace in my own life? Is that the question? (Yes, do you have peace in your own life?) Well, I think so and I'm interested in social justice issues so, I, in that way, I try to be a part of (inaudible) community and work for others as well. I think that's really important for everybody to do.

I have lots of peace in my own life. It's still a struggle because there are conflicts that we all encounter and it's finding the resolution to those conflicts...it's constantly a challenge. And we all have to be up to the challenge. Conflict is one of those things that we experience. We have to learn how to deal with it in a constructive and productive way.

No. Because I have people in my life that don't follow my view of peace. (Interviewer: Wait, you're saying since people don't follow your same ideals...)  Well, I mean (like,) no. Not my ideals .But I have people in my life that say, are racist. Or I have people in my life that are homophobic. And (like,) I can't singlehandedly change that. They have to change their own views on it.

I have peace but there will be no peace until everybody has freedom and equal rights.

Sometimes.

Yes, I do.

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