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Light on Peacemaking by Thomas DiGrazia

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CHAPTER 10

Conclusions

As mentioned at the outset of this book, from our earliest beginnings, we humans have existed in a dynamic tension between the “peace and war chiefs” within us. This dynamic helps define us as human. Indeed, Yoga, Buddhism, Taoism, and other Eastern philosophies have sought to remind us of this fact; they all acclaim that before we can have true peace with another, we must develop and find it within ourselves, thus balancing the aggressive, violent side of our human nature.

This inner peacemaker has been latent for too long. Our yang, male testosterone driven, aggressive, and violent tendencies, have prevailed in our predominately male actions toward others—actions which have resulted in wars, on the battlefield and, as ...

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