Define Peace

“If a billion people were thinking about Peace there would be Peace in our world.”
John Lennon 1940-1980

The above quote motivated me to jump on a scooter and travel America, coast to coast, border to border. I want to create a Peace sign on the U.S. map because it belongs on the map. Our maps help us navigate our territory. I wanted to meet my fellow Americans and say, hey, Peace isn’t just the absence of war. Let’s think deeper about. What does it mean to you? Not the most popular thing to do while our nation is at war, but what better time, truly, for us to question our fate, our future, our core values and discuss how we can prevent future wars. Defining Peace is how we can create a wave of awareness in our world, the very first step. I don’t think Peace is just a nice, pastel warm feeling. Peace is happening, and I believe more Peace will occur when people define it, become it, and teach it. The first, simple step obviously being-Speak YOUR Peace. I am exploring how individuals and communities in America define Peace. Please help me.

 

So far, 2,000 Postcards have been distributed. Feel free to print out the postcard, or make one of your own, attach to a firm surface and send it forward to someone. The more we talk about Peace, the more we will create it in our world. No matter what your political beliefs are, we can work towards personal peace and making our communities a better place, as well as creating a better future for our descendants.

 

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204 Responses to “Define Peace”

  1. admin
    June 19th, 2007 at 9:27 am

    If there is to be peace in the world,
    There must be peace in the nations.

    If there is to be peace in the nations,
    There must be peace in the cities.

    If there is to be peace in the cities,
    There must be peace between neighbors.

    If there is to be peace between neighbors,
    There must be peace in the home.

    If there is to be peace in the home,
    There must be peace in the heart.

    o Lao Tzu (570-490 B.C.)

  2. Krues8dr
    June 21st, 2007 at 8:04 pm

    You’re becoming like a parrot forever repeating one word – freedom, freedom. But what does it mean? … Christ was free, and so was the Buddha, and both took upon themselves the sins of the world, they willingly entered into the prison of life on earth. And further than that no one has gone, no one. But you, but we – what of us? We’re all looking for freedom from our obligations to our fellow man, but that is precisely what makes us human beings, that sense of obligations, and if it weren’t for that, we would live like animals.
    =Maxim Gorky

  3. daphne c.
    June 21st, 2007 at 10:19 pm

    I took a walk the other day
    and I asked Peace to come with me.
    We walked in silence most of the way
    but then
    Peace whispered that she
    had something to say.
    She sang a song about Peace on Earth
    and held my hand in friendship
    She looked into my eyes
    in a compassionate way
    and asked me to tell her of my child’s birth.
    She danced like the wind
    on a calm summer’s eve,
    and then breathed a sigh
    which calmed my nerves.
    She made a wish that,
    by her hand,
    wars would end
    oppression would end
    And Justice would reign.
    Peace took me in her arms
    and rocked me to sleep
    And while I dreamed,
    Peace became me.

  4. Dawn
    June 22nd, 2007 at 9:53 am

    I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you. Let us work together for unity and love. -Gandhi’s Prayer for Peace

  5. Nite Train to Peace Town
    June 29th, 2007 at 11:16 pm

    Modern science, in the form of quantum mechanics, concludes that we manifest our reality. We all have the power to create either conflict or peace in this world. This practice of authenticity and love begins in our daily life.
    Let us raise the collective consciousness and see God in all living things. May we listen to our hearts and feel true compassion and understanding for all peoples of all nations.
    Aloha

  6. Laura Whaley
    July 3rd, 2007 at 12:43 pm

    In the quiet moments when we slow down enough to reflect on our lives we wonder, how will I be remembered? You inspire me to make a difference in my own way. I wish you much luck. Love, Laura

  7. ElizaBeth
    July 7th, 2007 at 6:57 pm

    here now a quote from Krishnamurti:

    AS LONG AS WE HAVE FLAGS –
    THERE WILL BE NO PEACE!

    So it might a couple of generations!
    We need more courageous people like you!

  8. ElizaBeth
    July 7th, 2007 at 7:00 pm

    here now a quote from Krishnamurti:

    AS LONG AS WE HAVE FLAGS –
    THERE WILL BE NO PEACE!

    So it might a couple of generations!

    We need more warriors – not soldiers!

  9. laura crowell
    July 9th, 2007 at 12:17 pm

    peace is peace does peace gives peace lives- only if we let it

  10. John
    July 11th, 2007 at 10:52 am

    This is a huge, beautiful world, and most people only see a tiny fraction of it. Explore your own country — meet your own countrymen — then go explore the rest of the world.

  11. daphne
    July 12th, 2007 at 7:51 am

    I have given my body for desire
    and my humility for love
    but i have never
    given all of me
    for Peace.
    I have allowed myself to be changed
    by strangers
    and by lovers
    but never
    by Peace.
    so today, I will give all that I desire
    to Peace.
    And I will welcome the changes that come
    from answering the constant call,
    even when faced with adversity.
    And to ground me in my resolve
    I resolve
    That Peace begins with me.

  12. Ellen
    July 13th, 2007 at 10:49 am

    One is left with the horrible feeling now that war settles nothing; that to win a war is as disastrous as to lose one.
    Agatha Christie

  13. Skipix
    July 14th, 2007 at 1:48 pm

    “There are [at least] two ways to look at life and the world. We can see the good or the bad, the beautiful or the ugly. Both are there, and what we focus on and choose to see is what brings us feelings of joy or feelings of despair.”

    -Lloyd Newell

  14. Dawn
    July 16th, 2007 at 12:10 am

    If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can blossom like a flower, and everyone in our society, will benefit from our peace.
    – thich nhat hanh

  15. Skipix
    July 16th, 2007 at 8:35 am

    Dumocracy: A process by which the rich select who from among them can best coerce the poor that he/she represents them.

    -Urban Dictionary of Slang

  16. Kelton Bonham
    July 16th, 2007 at 2:43 pm

    “Every day above ground is a good one and everything else is a bonus. Magic is everywhere if you hold a space for it to happen.” ~Kelton

  17. daphne c.
    July 19th, 2007 at 3:21 pm

    I am also sharing this with Ashley, Mike, and Tom on the March for Peace site:

    It is a wide, brave gap between knowing the right thing and doing the right thing. Sometimes, the bridge is there and all we do is walk across, but sometimes we must pave the way. -daphne comeau

    ALL MY GRATITUDE TO YOU WHO PAVE THE WAY, AND DECIDE THAT NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT, BECAUSE NOTHING ELSE IS. THANK YOU!!!

  18. Greg
    July 19th, 2007 at 6:45 pm

    “All we are saying is give peace a chance.” ~ John Lennon

  19. Kenyan
    July 19th, 2007 at 8:39 pm

    If no tree remains to fall in a forest that once existed, would We have accomplished anything after all these years?

    -Funny Times Cartoon Playground

  20. daphne c.
    July 22nd, 2007 at 4:11 pm

    It is no coincidence that the people of this nation are by and large, far too busy keeping their heads above water to take a stand against a government which acts against their will, on behalf of many, in the interest of few.

  21. Kenyan
    July 23rd, 2007 at 9:00 am

    One of the many
    techniques of propaganda
    available to anyone
    is ‘reductio ad absurdem’.
    Often one of the more
    convincing ones, actually.

  22. Kelton
    July 23rd, 2007 at 9:58 am

    “The legacy each of us leaves behind is not our material wealth, but the numerous ways we touch others in our world. The love we give, the stories we tell, the beauty we share.” ~April Patzer (a dear friend)

  23. kelly
    July 28th, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    Tolerance, for ideas, culture, religion, beliefs, each other, leads to peace (though I haven’t seen much lately).

    Happy Birthday!

  24. daphne c.
    July 29th, 2007 at 5:15 pm

    Each step outside our everyday lives is a step into the everyday lives of others. These are the steps-one by one, which pave the way to Peace.
    Community, Family, Peace.

    Touch one life and you touch all the lives that life touches. It’s the kind of powerful force that makes strangers into friends and friends into family. The force is strong with you, PeaceScooter.

  25. daphne c.
    July 31st, 2007 at 12:27 am

    Our Greatest Fear By Marianne Williamson
    Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate,
    but that we are powerful beyond measure.
    It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us.
    We ask ourselves,
    Who am I to be brilliant,gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous?
    Actually, who are you not to be?
    You are a child of God.
    Your playing small does not serve the world.
    There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
    We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.
    It is not just in some, it is in everyone.
    And, as we let our own light shine,
    we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
    As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

  26. daphne
    August 1st, 2007 at 8:49 am

    It is my daily practice to seek Peace in my everyday life: among my family, among the people with whom I regularly interact, even in my thinking.
    And as often as I can, I try to visualize World Peace in specific ways. Justice, Understanding, Love. Join me.

  27. Lobsterman
    August 2nd, 2007 at 6:51 pm

    If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. – Romans 12:18

  28. Freida
    August 2nd, 2007 at 8:50 pm

    Wage Peace.

  29. Brett
    August 3rd, 2007 at 9:16 am

    I teach The Grapes of Wrath to my high school students. I ask them to take at least this, if nothing else, from it: People are more important than things. I try to get them to see that we’ll never get anywhere unless we help each other out along the way.

  30. JRASE
    August 4th, 2007 at 1:05 pm

    -TO RECIEVE PEACE, LET GO OF THE LIE, AND EMBRACE TRUTH-THE AWESOME PRESCENCE OF PEACE IS MERELY THE SIMPLE ABSENCE OF WAR-A MAN OF WAR CANNOT HAVE A PEACE OF MIND- A MAN OF PEACE IS THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR- LOVE LIFE- LIVE PEACE-

  31. daphne c.
    August 5th, 2007 at 12:04 pm

    To me, Peace is knowing that all humans are able to reap from life the seeds they have sown. That each life is as sacred as each other life and that whatever conflict arises between two or more lives is a fair fight which results in a just ending.

  32. admin
    August 6th, 2007 at 8:20 am

    “It is in the mind that everything originates-first as a thought, then as an action.”

  33. Tiffany von Kali Ma
    August 7th, 2007 at 10:37 am

    Peace is first and foremost 1) taking your anti-psychotic medication (never forget! it’s very important) 2) it’s being kind and loving whenever possible (if you want this can be sexual) and 3) it’s about having the sort of bigness of mind and heart to see that everyone in the end is an amazing human being– that they deserve your respect, nonjudgement and compassion– because really we don’t what anyone has been through or is struggling with. Oh and it also mean getting off your booty and helping someone who needs it– because there’s no peace until others have it.

  34. Tiffany von Kali Ma
    August 7th, 2007 at 10:39 am

    May all beings be wonderfully, incredibly ridiculously happy. And peaceful too– all at the same time. (Variation on Hindu chant for peace and happiness.)

  35. daphne c.
    August 16th, 2007 at 10:42 am

    CONGRATULATIONS TO P.E.A.C.E SCOOTER–FOUR WEEKS OF RIDING STRONG!! 11 VECTORS, 14 STATES, 4,000+ MILES, 28 DAYS!! There is no measurement for the lives you’ve touched, the seeds you’ve scattered or the Peace you’ve shared, but no doubt, that is the true heart of your journey. Beautiful job. Namaste.

  36. Sam Diener
    August 17th, 2007 at 9:37 am

    I’ve been asked to share my definition of peace on this site:
    To me:
    Peace means nonviolent struggles to transform systems of oppression into cultures, structures, policies, and practices which promote relationships of respect, honesty, cooperation, and equality. Peace is gently and firmly assertive. Peace requires resourcefulness, entails empathy. demands justice, shares compassion, and fosters hope.
    In Peace, Shalom, Salaam, Paz,
    Sam Diener
    Peacework Magazine Co-Editor
    P.S. Because there is a copyright mark at the bottom of this page, I want to make it clear that this contribution is licensed by Peacework through a creative commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike license.


    This work is licensed under a
    Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License.

  37. Kris McClure
    August 18th, 2007 at 7:21 am

    …respecting our differences in a way that allows for complete coinhabitance to exist, where we all enjoy the fruits of one another and laugh at ourselves for having been so ridiculous.

  38. Mark
    August 21st, 2007 at 6:17 pm

    To those who support our current folly in the Middle East in the name of patriotism I ask: what’s so patriotic about sending our best and brightest into harm’s way simply to perpetuate what is perhaps the biggest strategic blunder in our nation’s history?
    War is weakness.
    Peace is patriotic.
    Peace is courageous.
    Peace is the way of the strong.

  39. nancy mccourt
    August 25th, 2007 at 2:40 pm

    hey Alix,
    Peace is a spiral – personal to political…and I think a challenge is that how we each personally define peace must include a way to respect the inevitable differences in those individual definitions and then inherently the values that definitions can imply. I like the idea of – change what I can, respect what I can\’t change, learn the difference…something like that..in a fluid manner..just cuz I can\’t change it now, maybe next year or next time I try I can have impact. Personally, choosing to live consciously – where and with whom, and how one approaches reproduction, consciously – that\’s peace. Knowing that conflict is part of life, but minimizing the risk and pain of conflict is peace. Making the effort to discover and share the world\’s resources without concern for boundaries or property lines, but with the need to meet basic needs for all, transcending the need for passports and visas = peace. Really thinking about those things we invest our time and money into and knowing that how you live and make choices is key, and that the corner of earth that you are currently living in, is the place that most needs your peaceful attention…peace is finding strengths in every person, environment and community.
    Love ya doll,
    Nancy

  40. Max Diorio
    August 29th, 2007 at 5:37 pm

    Hi Alyx,
    Thanks for all you are doing, your journey sounds awesome. I am working with the Marchers for Peace who are heading across the country – SF to DC – and are now in W. Virginia. They hope to reach DC on Sept 10, where they will march on the White House, rally, and camp out for peace. Check out their open letter to the President, asking that he at least let them camp out on the White House lawn when they arrive. Seeing as how so many kind folks across the country extended this offer, it only seems fair 🙂
    http://www.notinourname.net/images/stories/mini/m4peace.pdf
    Anyhow, have a beautiful journey,
    Max on behalf of the March for Peace

  41. kevin
    August 29th, 2007 at 11:28 pm

    peace is freedom from both guilt and fear, not only internally, but also from those around you. It is when we are no longer afraid of what others might do to us, and when we can genuinely live without guilt for how we have treated another.

    Alix,
    I don’t typically fit into the “peace activist” crowd, but I am glad you stopped in to get some coffee and told me a joke. My interest has been awakened by what you are doing, and although I know that we probably don’t agree on plenty of things, you have definitely made an impression. I guess that’s the beauty of our freedom to express ourselves. I wish you well on your travels down highway one (and I’m honestly a bit jealous).

  42. daphne c.
    September 6th, 2007 at 9:04 am

    I haven’t written in a while, but I just want to say CONGRATULATIONS ON 7 WEEKS STRONG TODAY!!You’re doing an amazing job…look at all the Peace seeds you’ve scattered!!
    Peace exists when all people as individuals are able to realize their potential and follow the path that the universe has marked for them.
    Also: TO ALIX’S MOM: HI!!

  43. mr e
    September 10th, 2007 at 9:41 pm

    peace is living one’s life from a place of love, and not of fear. to make choices with the idea of abundance rather than scarcity.
    sometimes it feels like stillness, and i nourish the feeling with patience, and gentleness. it also moves like strength – the strength of water to wear away mountains. it is an emptiness – the absence of trying to control – the space that makes us useful.
    peace is in my sense of deep and abiding love with god in all her forms and by all his faces. peace begins in me, every moment.

  44. nancy mccourt
    September 11th, 2007 at 8:23 am

    peace is a loving use of power

  45. Ubuntu
    September 11th, 2007 at 8:43 am

    Today, I want to thank you for envisioning Peace and encouraging others to do the same.
    Through your determination, you have awoken a part of me that was far too still for far too long and for that I am grateful beyond words.
    Your existence is a miracle; your vision, a gift. Your perseverance is a testimony to the strength of your soul and brilliance of your light. Amor non discitur, amor cognoscitur, sed id non animadvertis donec amorem invenis.

  46. Jared Preston
    September 21st, 2007 at 9:01 am

    Peace exists because we love – and love is the only law.

  47. ej
    September 22nd, 2007 at 7:46 am

    Peace is just a simple five letter words that defines one of the greatest gift of God to mankind. It speaks of everything; though itself connotes of unspoken mysteries that it brings to the world.
    Love is peace and peace is love..there would be no peace if there is no love that resides on us….love preceeds peace. Learn to love for us to have peace..

  48. ScootMagApril
    September 23rd, 2007 at 2:17 pm

    The acceptance of diversity is intrinsic to Peace. So many conflicts result from intolerance and the blind belief that one’s personal ideas are “right.” Multiple beliefs can coexist, if only we would let them.

  49. BYV girl
    September 24th, 2007 at 8:11 pm

    Peace is serenity, unity, acceptance, love.

  50. Bobbie Pozzani
    September 25th, 2007 at 1:47 pm

    It”s easy, respect, love and acceptance are the key to PEACE!!!!

  51. Bobbie Pozzani
    September 25th, 2007 at 1:48 pm

    It’s easy, respect, acceptance and love! That’s what peace means to me.

  52. Tammy Rak
    September 25th, 2007 at 6:16 pm

    Peace is learning tolerance and acceptance and practicing them in your everyday life.

  53. Desi
    September 26th, 2007 at 2:46 pm

    Peace is not passive – it is the concerted and complex action necessary to bring about a sense of community, both within yourself, and with those around you.

    Desi B.

  54. Hector
    September 26th, 2007 at 4:04 pm

    Peace is ignoring differences and seeing similarities.

  55. Erik Loysen
    September 26th, 2007 at 6:20 pm

    When life gives you scurvy, Make Lemonade!

    Peace is a really good movie and a few beers.

    Oh yeah, and peace is a really well struck golf shot.

    And sometimes peace is a really good Italian Hoagie (and a few more beers)

    Most of all, peace is my cat “kneeding dough” on my back

  56. lobsterman
    September 27th, 2007 at 10:52 am

    Peace is not just the absence of outward conflict, it is about the mind and heart as well. I am not at peace with anyone if I harbor hatred (or even just ill will) toward them. Peace requires that we love and value all our fellow humans regardless of their political views, geographical presence, religion, skin pigmentation, musical preference, age, gender, etc. Does this mean absolute equality for everyone? I don’t think so. I can never treat all humans exactly as I would my wife or daughter, but I can treat them with honesty and respect, and do it in peace.

  57. Jenn Frankovich
    September 27th, 2007 at 2:19 pm

    Peace is walking on the beach and watching the sunset melt into the Pacific Ocean.

  58. dluxe
    September 28th, 2007 at 11:56 am

    met you 10 days ago in sf with julie.. sorry i took so long to respond 😉 ~
    this is one i’ve heard that i love:
    peace is not the absence of chaos, it’s being in the midst of it, and finding stillness.

    but here is one from my heart:
    peace is the piece you thought you were missing, but was contained within you all along.

    thank you for spreading peace consciousness..
    .:d:.

  59. RealLowVibe
    September 28th, 2007 at 6:11 pm

    Peace is sitting alone on a rock in the middle of Joshua Tree National Park.

    Try it while you’re there…

  60. angel
    September 28th, 2007 at 11:53 pm

    Peace means not being afraid, and knowing that you are safe.

  61. Stemer
    September 29th, 2007 at 9:25 am

    Peace is…sitting in a stream on a warm fall day just being quiet and thankful to the Creator for his creation.

  62. Kim
    September 29th, 2007 at 6:18 pm

    Peace is…Kindness, tolerance and treating others the way you would want to be treated.

  63. Amber Herrera
    September 29th, 2007 at 7:54 pm

    I think Peace is understanding, loving, and forgiving. As well as patient and calm.

  64. Dawn
    September 30th, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    Metta Prayer

    May all beings be happy, content and fulfilled.
    May all beings be healed and whole.
    May all have whatever they want and need.
    May all be protected from harm and free from fear
    May all beings enjoy inner peace and ease.
    May all be awakened, liberated, and free.
    May there be peace in this world and throughout the entire universe.

  65. Afsoon
    October 2nd, 2007 at 10:15 am

    PEACE: To have respect and value for one another. To become ONE, and let our spirits and minds be free.

  66. aram
    October 2nd, 2007 at 6:18 pm

    Peace (as an acronym): People – Evolving – And – Changing – Everywhere (P.E.A.C.E.)

    So Peace is definitely an Activity – it’s all about CHANGE – so let’s get with the program, and stop all the negativity!

  67. daphne c.
    October 5th, 2007 at 6:26 pm

    An unexpected uprising can be scary. However, it is much scarier to experience stillness when an uprising should be expected. External calmness mixed with internal rage has all the makings of a disaster waiting to happen.

  68. Lorraine
    October 5th, 2007 at 7:23 pm

    “Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it.”

  69. Janie Paine
    October 7th, 2007 at 12:10 am

    Peace is inner tranquility. You have to begin with yourself.

  70. jaymii
    October 7th, 2007 at 10:07 am

    Peace to me is an knowingness, a drive, a trust, a state of being. It’s the place i go to when things are tough. The place where differences meet in hope and strive for a different outcome. Peace is what prompts the smile shared between two people from two different backgrounds who only see the similarities. Peace is what makes you notice the rainbow after you stepped in the puddle and soaked your brand new shoes. Peace is a breath, a sigh, an om … Peace is soft and strong and white and fuzzy and fragile. Peace propels you forward when ego pushes you down. Peace stands quietly and embraces all. Peace is what washes over you when the sun shines softly on your face while you stand in the river anouncing your arrival home.

  71. Billimarie
    October 7th, 2007 at 7:21 pm

    peace is love and love is everything

    -b

  72. Richard
    October 7th, 2007 at 9:32 pm

    Peace can be many different things to many different people at many different times. But what is most important is what you do with it. I say PASS IT ON! Let your peace be the salt of the earth, it is catching.

  73. David
    October 8th, 2007 at 7:46 pm

    Peace is living your life in happiness and helping your fellow man.

  74. Dan Brown
    October 11th, 2007 at 6:19 am

    Peace! I’m for it. Now for the nitty gritty. How do you propose to achieve it? After you withdraw all US forces from combat zones, emasculate our military, confiscate all handguns from lawful citizens, and elect a peacenik for president, just one final issue…
    What will you do about the thousands of “insurgents” who are (they believe) commanded by God to destroy all non-believers, who are now free to bring their roadside bombs and car bombs, and suicide bombs into the streets of our cities?
    What you seem to forget, is that just because WE are reasonable, and peace loving, doesn’t mean that those who hate us feel the same way. A sheep cannot negotiate a peaceful settlement with a pack of hungry wolves. Our opponants believe that true peace can only be achieved by complete elimination of their enemies. And believe me, whether you are holding a rifle, or are on your knees begging for mercy, you are still considered the enemy. I want peace. Spell out your plan to get there. Slogans, chants, posters, wishes, dreams, hopes, are all fine. But they don’t change anything on the other side. What do you propose? Don’t worry, I’m not foolish enough to believe this will be posted.

  75. admin
    October 11th, 2007 at 7:00 am

    The thing that confuses me about the Golden Rule, is that we don’t use it. Peace is allowing a dialog to happen, where you don’t assume to know what someone thinks, but you take the time to listen. I published the below post, because it is a belief. But I noticed that person didn’t take the time to offer me their personal definition of Peace, which is the whole point here. Don’t point one finger, POINT TWO.

  76. Jim Lewis
    October 11th, 2007 at 9:54 am

    Dan Brown.
    Why are we in Iraq in the first place?

  77. S. White
    October 11th, 2007 at 7:12 pm

    The road to a peaceful world is lead by those brave enough to propose it. To often it is said that we can’t have peace because our enemies won’t allow it. It is a false promise to say the best defense is a good offense.

    All men and women are created equal and the injustices on this earth are terrible. And these injustices are witnessed by more people than ever because technology has made the world smaller.

    These injustices fuel fears, hatred, grossly out of balance economics, and lead to battles for equality.

    If there is any chance for a peace, it is that leaders will be brave enough to dream of it and wise enough to understand that weaponry and a good offense isn’t the key, but rather global policies that take steps to lessen these inequalities.

    The only reason independence worked before is because the world was so vast and life wasn’t witnessed by all as it is today. Independence isn’t the key as it once was. The only chance is equality.

    And before someone accuses my post of coming from someone who isn’t a patriot, let me say that of course this is the greatest nation on earth, and our freedom of speech is precious, but our waste and selfishness is our achilles.

  78. daphne c.
    October 12th, 2007 at 12:20 am

    Today my Peace is hearing the heavy breathing of my love-filled child- knowing that upon her waking, she will cover me with kisses. It is also knowing that we are pointed in the direction of light and love and that though we grow weary from our travels, we can push on because at the end of that road, is wonder to behold.

  79. Lynn Lamoreux
    October 13th, 2007 at 4:16 am

    Too bad I just learned of your journey today, Saturday, too late to drop by as you come nowhere near GWBush. Well, maybe near. Say hello to the guards for me.

    But I am writing about Dan Browns opinions posted on your web site. I have a friend who talks fear just like Dan. The tragedy is that my friend and I, at a deeper level are talking about the same thing but he can not see a world where people are not afraid. I agree with some of what he says. Expressing our opinions is not enough. We do not have a chance for peace unless we are brave enough to do more than talk. We must take actions that will work. He and I could even discuss these actions, if he were only brave enough to listen to what other people have to say and for a few moments stop believing that he already knows everything about all the options. And then we could both try listening to the people we so fear.

    If we would listen among ourselves, we would find that we all want more or less the same thing, and then we could set about researching the causes of war — there are causes, and they are not easy fixes. He is right that your wishes and dreams do not address the causes — but he is very wrong to narrow his mind to the realities and waste his imagination on fear-talk and hate-talk, believing in answers we already know do not work. Unless we want to live forever in fear.

  80. Patrick aka Irish Bastard
    October 13th, 2007 at 6:19 pm

    Peace is not the absence of conflict, it is dealing with it.

  81. Frank M. Vigneri
    October 14th, 2007 at 5:51 am


    Follow The Money.
    War Is The Business Of The Planet.

    Follow The Money.

    Good Luck Out There.

  82. Alex
    October 15th, 2007 at 8:06 pm

    Peace is a secret unknown.

  83. daphne c.
    October 29th, 2007 at 11:25 pm

    Peace is meeting your match. (and doing ninja flips off staircases-backwards)

  84. Gabriel
    November 6th, 2007 at 5:15 am

    Peace? Piece? Peas? It’s eating your peas. No, it’s thinking a single thought through to the end before you allow your imagination to run wild with Earnings, Profit, and call girls. If every person stopped to complete a thought, they’d realize an empty brain makes enough room for the complex cosmos we belong to. Now go eat your peas and let live!

  85. Bev
    November 8th, 2007 at 11:05 am

    I happened upon this quote today:
    Only the dead have seen the end of war – Plato

  86. Susan
    November 15th, 2007 at 12:11 am

    Susan…

    I just wanted to write to say that you have a great site and a wonderful resource for all to share….

  87. nursegreenleaf
    November 19th, 2007 at 7:32 am

    peace in heart
    peace in home
    peace in community
    peace in state
    peace in country
    peace in world
    peace in universe
    peace in heart
    everything in balance

  88. daphne c.
    November 29th, 2007 at 11:57 pm

    Peace is hearing a song in your heart and knowing that it plays wide and far in the heart of the one you love. And recognizing that the same rings true all over the world so that if we are still and kind, we can hear the songs of lovers and be filled with music from the hearts of others, and dance together as ONE.

  89. admin
    November 30th, 2007 at 4:28 pm

    “Softening what is rigid in our hearts.”
    -Read today in Pema Chodron’s book, Practicing Peace in times of War.

  90. nick c
    December 3rd, 2007 at 9:09 am

    peace is no longer having to want or fight for peace

  91. cary
    December 3rd, 2007 at 10:13 am

    the simple fact for peace and happiness is to CHERISH OTHERS. If you cherish all creatures big and small, those with a heartbeat and those without. If you refuse to harm others our world will be joyus and peacful. Instead if you are full of desire and want and greed our world will continue down this ugly path of destruction. It is up to you, will you buy that widescreen tv or hug your mother???

  92. Kay
    December 27th, 2007 at 11:25 am

    Peace is an inner experience. An awareness that, the I that is I, has no end. That that ‘I’ is connected to the whole universe. The uni-verse, one voice. Peace does not depend on events ‘out there.’ Peace depends on becoming conscious of my thoughts, then I can consciously choose creative thoughts of love instead of destructive thoughts of fear. Our thoughts truly become our reality.

    As each one of us consciously change our thoughts, our collective consciousness of ‘one voice’ changes. The’I AM’ is crucial to peaceful coexistence. Then we KNOW that WE are crucial to the whole of existence. But only by being peace, not by dictating peace, or forcing peace, or demanding peace.
    Be peace. Blessings.

  93. Mar
    January 12th, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    When I speak my peace, it means that I have removed my attention from all the fleeting stuff–looks, clothes, the things i own–and remind myself that, rich and famous or penniless & unknown, every single one of us has been a child, every one of us has cried and laughed, and each of us has a body that will one day die. Because of this, we all are truly the same. Inner peace doesn’t come from trying to prove yourself better than anyone else; it stems from becoming a better person than you used to be. When we realize this & focus on these truths, peace spreads to others. And it’s then that we can happily live without fear, jealousy or anger.

  94. daphne
    January 20th, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    Today, I find Peace in the knowledge that even seemingly unbearable times will come to an end.

  95. Gwendolyn
    January 21st, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    Peace is the place where I reside when I realize that I’ve done my best and there’s nothing left to do

  96. Gwendolyn
    January 21st, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    Peace is the feeling I have when my eyes open to the beauty of what surrounds me

  97. Gwendolyn
    January 21st, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    Peace is being OK with everything

  98. admin
    January 27th, 2008 at 8:34 am

    Peace is found in breaking patterns of destructive thought. Finding freedom by making conscious decisions.

  99. admin
    January 28th, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    “The opposite of war is not peace, its creation” Johnathon Larson

  100. Matua
    January 29th, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Peace, to me, is simply this: leaving the world a better place when you go to bed than you found it when you awoke that morning.

  101. Ember
    January 31st, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    so what does peace mean?

    clearly, it has a slightly different meaning/feeling to everyone of us.
    i imagine this is based on many things, culture, education, family values, experience, & history (to name a few) but the basis is the same-to co-exist without war, killing, & overpowering a fellow.

    the question i ask myself on many levels of my life is – can peace = tolerance?

  102. admin
    February 4th, 2008 at 7:59 am

    “Dream as if you will live forever, live as if you will die today”
    James Dean

  103. Rich
    February 5th, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    How do I define peace? When guys like me, who willfully put themselves into harm’s way through military action, are no longer needed.

  104. admin
    February 6th, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    “War does not determine who is right-only who is left”- Bertrand Russell

  105. John
    February 10th, 2008 at 9:46 am

    Peace is a way, not an endpoint. We can choose it every day, each of us. I invite everyone to visit yopeace.org to see images from the Yo! What Happened to Peace? art show and check out our blog which covers issues relating to art & peace activism.

  106. admin
    February 13th, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    “Peace is not only an opportunity but an obligation.”

    Antonio Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

  107. daphne
    February 14th, 2008 at 1:54 am

    Peace is knowing there is a better way and of finding it together. Peace is knowing the answer to the question, “What is it you REALLY want?” So many of us don’t even know where we would be if we could be ANYWHERE-and that’s because we’re afraid to DREAM, afraid to wish for something, and in effect, afraid to HOPE. Peace is finding HOPE and having FAITH in the fact that we are worthy of having hope and dreams that come true. If you don’t know WHAT you want, and if you don’t know WHAT Peace is…How will you know it when you see it? And how will you work for it until you do?

  108. Laura Bean
    February 15th, 2008 at 8:51 am

    peace is everybody respecting others as themselves… (note: this does require self-respect…)

  109. Gail Browne
    February 22nd, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    “When a human being truly realizes that there is an absence of truth and happiness in his life, an absence of peace, then a fire comes from within. A real fire to find peace burns for that person from the heart, not from the head.
    Look for peace inside. Even if all the other wars end, as long as the war within us is still raging on, we will not be in peace. If we are at peace with ourselves, then we will have that peace, no matter what outer war is going on.
    Peace is in the Heart, waiting to be felt”
    – Prem Rawat http://www.tprf.org

  110. admin
    March 1st, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    PEACE
    It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work, it means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.
    -unknown-

  111. daphne
    March 7th, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    Peace is coming home.

  112. admin
    March 13th, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Peace comes from being able to contribute the best that we have, and all that we are, toward creating a world that supports everyone. But it is also securing the space for others to contribute the best that they have and all that they are.
    -Hafsat Abiola

  113. admin
    March 24th, 2008 at 10:16 am

    Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.
    Amelia Earhart

  114. admin
    March 24th, 2008 at 10:39 am

    he True Peace

    The first peace, which is the most important,
    is that which comes within the souls of people
    when they realize their relationship,
    their oneness, with the universe and all its powers,
    and when they realize that at the center
    of the universe dwells(the Great Spirit,
    and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.
    This is the real peace, and the others are but reflections of this.
    The second peace is that which is made between two individuals,
    and the third is that which is made between two nations.
    But above all you should understand that there can never
    be peace between nations until there is known that true peace,
    which, as I have often said, is within the souls of men.

    Black Elk, Oglala Sioux & Spiritual Leader (1863 – 1950)

  115. admin
    March 24th, 2008 at 11:28 am

    “The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.”
    – Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

  116. admin
    March 24th, 2008 at 11:29 am

    “The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them.”
    – Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

  117. daphne
    March 27th, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    One way of finding peace is figuring out what you can live with and what you can not live without.

  118. Jim E. Shmoove
    March 27th, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    World peace is a metaphysical goal that conflicts with the nature of our being. To impose peace against violence is hypocritical. The active struggle between peace and violence will only breed war and that undermines the ideology of peace.

    True peace is a subjective experience that cannot be imposed or is tangible by physical means.

    If you have nothing no one will want what you have. Be tranquil in your thoughts and actions. Sometimes inaction is better than action.

  119. Ben Heine
    April 3rd, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Peace will exist when we won’t need to define it anymore.
    It will be in everyone’s heart and mind.
    You’re an important element of this struggle, Alix

  120. robin birdd
    April 6th, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Peace – grows from empathy, self worth,knowledge, and connection. Stereotypes, fear, and self-loathing will kill it.
    Thank you for reminding me to seek my own peace.
    scoot on

  121. erik loysen
    April 6th, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    “We have now sunk to a such a depth, that the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men [people]” – George Orwell
    Thank you for restating the obvious in such a beautiful way!
    My Name is Erik and I met you as you were leaving NoHo Scooter (9/26) I sensed you had a great spirit but had no idea until I came to your blog and was tearing up (almost, I’m a guy for chrissakes) reading it for the last hour or so.
    I mentioned I own a video store in downtown L.A. and I hope in own small way we are helping enlighten people to the state of the human condition by carrying and reccomending movies that adress the world in wich we live in a serious and honest manner.
    Anyway, my idea of peace is a good movie (and a world that allows them to be made) a few cold beers.

  122. holly stadtler
    April 11th, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Alix:
    Great work, and how inspiring!! Your ride is the song Let There Be Peace On Earth (and let it begin with me) in living form. Thanks for believing and inspiring others.
    For those who visit your site…I have just completed a 5 year journey with a documentary called FINDING OUR VOICES that profiles 8 couragous Americans and their quest for justice and peace and their outrage of the war in Iraq. Blessings to you and your readings and look for us on the web. DVDs available 5/1.
    Holly Stadtler

  123. admin
    April 20th, 2008 at 7:54 am

    “The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.”
    -Martin Luther King, Jr. (as quoted by Peace Cereal)

  124. admin
    April 21st, 2008 at 9:47 am

    Yahoo reports today that Americans are more concerned with the economy than the war. Interesting. They are both so intertwined. Peace is a foundation-it affects our health, our culture, our economy, our environment. Peace is not just the end, it is the way.

  125. admin
    April 24th, 2008 at 8:10 am

    the end is inherent in the means.
    Ghandi
    *you can’t create peace through anger*

  126. Scootsite.com
    April 24th, 2008 at 8:51 am

    Wow this is quite the ride. I always remembered wanting to do a loop of the US by car with a big group of friends, but on a scooter is a whole other story. Should be fun. Enjoy the ride!
    ————————————-
    http://www.scootsite.com

  127. Jenni
    April 24th, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    peace begins inside of us, with the knowledge that we wish happiness for our fellows. if that peace is there, it spreads to our actions, and how we treat others. if that peace spreads to our actions, it spreads to other people. so to quote an old shampoo commercial, you tell two friends, and they tell two friends, and so on, and so on…(for you oldsters).

    have fun alix!

  128. Orin O'Neill
    April 28th, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Alix, you must be getting excited… you leave Friday, right? Ride safe, keep the rubber side down, and I’ll look forward to seeing you in Seattle.

    __Orin

  129. jobert abiva
    May 1st, 2008 at 12:07 am

    PEACE is when everyone accepts each other to live in FAMILY LOVE…living in one place called EARTH…and belonging to all people as HUMANITY…from “the little one”

  130. 2strokebuzz
    May 2nd, 2008 at 11:28 am

    And she’s off! Ride safe, Alix, see you when you get to Chicago!

  131. daphne
    May 7th, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    It is easier to wage war against nameless, faceless strangers than it is to raise weapons against friends.
    Make as many friends in as many corners of the world as possible.
    Make communities across oceans.
    Wage peace in your home and with folks you don’t know.
    Tell all your friends here about all your friends there.
    We have a human responsibility to know more than we are fed on television,
    The powers that destroy life FEED on all that we don’t know.
    Know more.
    Pass it on.

  132. mister mark davis
    May 7th, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    For me peace is finding inner peace and sharing it with a friend or a neighbor. Eventually we are all brothers.

  133. Caroline
    May 7th, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other”

    You have to forgive and be forgived to be at peace.
    Peace starts in your heart, spreads to your home, hen to your schools and work places, then to your cities, then to the nations, and then to the world. it’s process that has to be completely genuine and slefless.

  134. Michel Omar
    May 7th, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    PEACE IS NOT JUST LOVE EVERYBODY, IS LOVE YOURSELF.
    THIS WAY YOU’LL KNOW HOW TO LOVE EVERYONE ELSE.

  135. Dante Acevedo
    May 9th, 2008 at 10:55 am

    Peace is when people live and let live. The absence of war predicated upon corporate profiteering. The absence of Laws that protect the special interest and not persons. The absence of subjugation prescribed and sanctioned by personal beliefs. The absence of inequality perpetuated to uphold inequality–that is Peace.

    Peace

  136. mbf
    May 9th, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    Peace might be the unadulterated convergence of nouns (people, places and things.)

  137. Kazoo
    May 10th, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    At times it can be more difficult to change my own mind then it is to prove to someone else that I am right.

    Given the choice, I would rather destroy the other side peacefully, then win a war.

    Kaz

  138. janine
    May 11th, 2008 at 8:29 am

    Peace is more accessable when you stop asking why, stop trying to understand the details of someone else’s beliefs. Accept and respect differences as a function of the diversity of the human mind and experiences. One can’t possibly fully understand the why of someone else’s thoughts and actions. For example, a chosen partner can be so different than his mate, a neighbor has even more marked differences, then globally speaking a culture of people that has vastly different experiences than yours and your neighbors’ create huge implications for the differing beliefs and behaviors. How can a judgement possibly be made.
    take care of yourself, your community, accept and Let It Be.
    It’s not a definition of peace but a way to experience peace of mind for yourself and among our fellows.

  139. daphne
    May 16th, 2008 at 7:51 am

    Peace and Faith are hand in hand. Faith in the shared consciousness, that we are ONE. And though you may find yourself with your back toward your destination, Peace in the belief that you will reach your goal. One step closer every day.

  140. The "Big Guy"
    May 16th, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    My definition of peace is very simple… three words:
    1) Infatuation – You must live life with passion
    2) Commitment – You must do it the best you can
    3) Belief – You must believe in what you do and have faith

    -Rich

  141. Brian
    May 20th, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    Peace is the strength to defend what is right even if by conflict.
    Peace is the knowledge that not all conflict is wrong.
    Peace is the wisdom to determine when there is no alternative.

    When a person, group, or nation has such strength, knowledge, and wisdom they will be able to avoid conflict because it is only a weak or evil adversary that seeks conflict, and such creatures shrink in the face of the resolute afraid for themselves should they choose other than peace.

  142. Shira Golding
    May 21st, 2008 at 9:48 am

    Peace is doing the most good and the least harm for yourself, other humans, animals and the environment.

  143. Paul Tumarkin
    May 22nd, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    Personally for me, Peace is a frame of mind. It’s something we single-mindedly decide that we are going to be, do and give to the world and everyone around us.

    I think Morihei Ueshiba, founder of the martial art of aikido (“the Art of Peace”) nailed it when he wrote:

    “The Art of Peace begins with you. Work on yourself and your appointed task in the Art of Peace. Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here for no other purpose than to realize your inner divinity and manifest your inner enlightenment. Foster peace in your own life and then apply the Art to all that you encounter.”

    Much love, *Paul

  144. Mike Stirrat
    June 3rd, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    To my favorite instrument of peace:

    Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
    Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
    where there is injury, pardon;
    where there is doubt, faith;
    where there is despair, hope;
    where there is darkness, light;
    where there is sadness, joy;

    O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
    to be understood as to understand;
    to be loved as to love.

    For it is in giving that we receive;
    it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
    and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

    -St Francis of Assisi

  145. George in San Diego
    June 7th, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”
    John F. Kennedy

    “Yes, we love peace, but we are not willing to take wounds for it, as we are for war.”
    John Andrew Holmes

  146. John Atkinson
    June 8th, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    When you witness compassion,
    When you feel the riveting humanity in another
    Swell the humanity in yourself,
    When you’re reminded, yet again,
    That we share one heart, really,
    That the best we can be is there, in us all,
    Ready to rivet your humanity to mine,
    And let our souls settle in peace once again.

  147. Dave
    June 8th, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    “Isn’t it wonderful that none of us need wait a moment before starting to change the world.”
    Anne Frank (1929 – 1945)

  148. Mike Lorrey
    June 10th, 2008 at 1:34 am

    Peace to me is when Muslims care more about their children living, than in dying for allah, when Christians care more about the lives of the living, than the sins of the dead. When liberals care more about the rights of the innocent than the guilty and maximizing individual liberty rather than busybodying people for their own good at the barrel of a gun, and republicans care more about conservative principles of small government than building a global christian empire. When statists recognise that government is rarely the best solution to anything, and individualists recognise that communities can do wonderful things together voluntarily.

    I may be my brothers keeper, but you all need to stop, mind your own business, and let me fulfill my destiny of virtue in my own way and fashion.

    This is what peace is to me, and how to obtain it: Stop, mind your own business, leave me alone, and them too, only help if help is requested.

  149. Johnnyscoots
    June 15th, 2008 at 9:01 am

    The greatest accomplishments in recorded history, whether by Blood or by Deed, are not reached because you are told to…

    …But because you Want to. If we Want it, so much that it hurts to not have it, we will accomplish it.

    Because we Want to.

  150. Kavi
    June 15th, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    Peace is serenity.
    Each individuals inner work for peace
    is serenity despite circumstances.
    As in the inner
    so in the outer.

  151. Denise
    June 17th, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

  152. Milani
    June 21st, 2008 at 5:10 am

    You go girl!!!
    PEACE FOR YOU
    PEACE FOR ME
    PEACE FOR ALL

  153. Courtney Rae
    June 21st, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    when war ends…..we might have PEACE

    People are free
    End war
    A walking and non-driving country
    Come lets make peace
    Easy and non fighting universe

  154. arthur
    June 21st, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    “Fighting for peace is like f#$#ing for chastity”

    Found on the web author Unknown to me

  155. arthur
    June 21st, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    “Fighting for peace is like f&%$ing for chastity”

    Unknown to me

  156. Ari Moore
    June 23rd, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    Peace is non-aggression, non-dominance. It’s love in action.

  157. John H.
    June 23rd, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    When my life has ended
    And my time has run out
    My friends and my loved one’s
    I’ll leave there’s no doubt

    But one thing’s for certain
    When it come’s my time
    I’ll leave this old world
    With a satisfied mind

    -Johnny Cash

  158. Daphne
    June 29th, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    Peace is doing as much as I can with as little as possible.

  159. nancita
    July 1st, 2008 at 6:43 am

    Peace is the outcome when we use wisdom and self-restraint in conflict.

  160. nancita
    July 1st, 2008 at 6:45 am

    peace is the outcome when we use wisdom and patient self-restraint during conflict.

  161. JoniJett
    July 1st, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    peace is achieved when we gain the ability to find tranquility and quietness within ourselves, then we will radiate this out to the world.

  162. Faith Simonelli
    July 1st, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    Peace is accepting people for who they are and not what you want them to be. Peace starts with one person and ripples through the rest of society.

  163. Tony Simonelli
    July 1st, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    Peace is helping strangers in need….and knowing in your soul it is the right thing to do.

    Take care Alix…it was nice that your journey crossed ours.

  164. Gary Leu
    July 2nd, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    The genisis of Peace occurs when, with humility, I begin to truly see others as my brothers and sisters.

  165. David Hazen
    July 3rd, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    I have become convinced that I have the power to transform the world into one that is free of domination. I believe that all it takes to transform the world is for me to transform myself into a more mature, responsible, and loving person. That’s all I have to do, nothing more than that, nothing less than that, and nothing is more important than that transformation. When I change my inner world, my external behavior shifts to match, and I become a creative source of systemic change.

    Moreover, if I can do it, with my history of dysfunction and wounding, certainly you can do it. The ripple effect from this transformation is immeasurable, and it has the power to stimulate the largest institutions of repressive domination to implode. This turns conventional thought on its head, and would appear to be insane to most people, a kind of megalomania, which it is not, it is the exact opposite of megalomania. It is acknowledging our critical participation in energetic systems far larger than ourselves.

    I do not accept that I am the victim of the military-media-corporate- government conspiracy. I am 100% responsible for it, another apparently “insane” idea, and yet what I mean is that I am 100% able to respond to it. I have an answer. I have more than one answer. Having a better idea is far more effective for producing social transformation than recrimination and revolt. Very soon the world will be ready to hear hundreds of thousands of people who have transformed themselves internally to be the change, and not demand the change from some external source.

  166. Racenut
    July 11th, 2008 at 12:11 am

    Peace is when you can appreciate and respect someone’s point of view, not because it is the same as your own, but because it is different.

    Alix, I’m inspired by your journey and adventure. I know at the end of your days, you will have this to look back on and know you have done something incredible. Press on and good luck!

  167. Nitza Rosario
    July 15th, 2008 at 8:44 am

    I’m told the hebrew word for Adam (adamah) means “creature of earth” or something like that. We are at peace when we are most at one with our nature. We are creatures of earth, of humus. Humus, humans, humor, humility, it’s all from the same root. When we are most rooted in that soil we find our commonality, we are most at one, most at peace.

    Ride on, Alix. I’m going to be a new owner of a Buddy and just found your blog. I’m thrilled it can go that distance, and am looking forward to future rides. I posted a comment on a picture, and gave you my work contact information. Please feel free to email me, as I live in Chicago and could maybe host you if you need a place to stay while in Chicago (small place, and my 20 year old daughter will be with me a few days, til July 29, but you could have a sofa and access to a washer/dryer in my condo).

    Nitza

  168. Carl
    July 18th, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Peace is not having to worry about being intentionally harmed by another human being. If no one had that worry, can you imagine how far we could come in a short amount of time?

  169. Herb (53)
    July 20th, 2008 at 9:59 am

    Take One: Peace I would define as that force which encompasses us in all her tranquility – achieved specifically at the point where we can genuinely and authentically see, feel, and appreciate the We of whom we had momentarily forgotten (or, passed over).

  170. Andy
    July 21st, 2008 at 6:19 am

    “They” say that one person can’t make a difference. Well Alix is doing something to prove “them” wrong. If we all work together, then the difference we make could be felt all round this great country.

  171. Hugh-Hadley Birdwell
    July 21st, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    World Peace Through Individual Happiness. It takes one person to change their human revolution and others naturally follow with the Law of the Universe. Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo. Devotion to the mystic law of cause & effect through sound or vibration. The universal law of the universe. Nichiren’s Buddhism.

  172. Don
    July 21st, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    I believe that peace is the absence of fear; the fear of oppression, tyrany, terror, prejudice, bias, hate, and the many other fears humans have chosen to inflict on fellow humans thoughout our history.

    I believe this absence of fear is every person’s right; and like all rights it is worth striving for – and, yes, at times fighting for. Like many Americans not generally associated with “modern” concepts of peace, I have spent much of my life fighting to help bring the absence of fear to people in many parts of the world.

    While I would hope my efforts have contributed in some small way to achieving peace for a few, Alix I believe your efforts have brought not only the concept of peace but the reality of peace to many.

    Alix, I salute your efforts and your dedication to peace.

  173. James Scott
    July 24th, 2008 at 9:40 am

    Thank you for being active for peace. I will post information and a link to this site on http://www.peaceisactive.com

  174. Alex Chang
    July 25th, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    Alix-
    You are truly inspirational. Like you said, many people should take a moment (a long one) and truly cogitate the meaning of peace. It is not simply the opposite of war. I believe that each one of us have a desire for peace and dont believe in hurting others to get peace in our lives. We should pursue alternative ways to achieve true peace on earth. I wish you well in your travels. Scoot safely.
    -Alex

  175. admin
    July 26th, 2008 at 7:37 am

    Merit, I have moved your comment to its appropriate place, which is under the blog itself.
    Click here to go to the Blog

  176. Michael Stevens
    July 27th, 2008 at 10:09 am

    I must say Alix is a champ in the riding department, and her Buddy is a trooper with the miles that have been put on it!

    But I don’t know how environmental issues can be pushed when lighting up a smoke is the first thing Alix does after getting off her scooter.

    Ill leave on that note….

  177. Daphne
    July 27th, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    That’s kind of like saying that just because she has a female partner, she couldn’t possibly have a relationship with God since some people have decided the two don’t go together. And yet, she clearly invites God into her life through her actions and her compassion for others. I’m glad she’s out there riding and challenging you to rethink those boxes people like to build around what’s real and what’s possible. Do you seriously believe that the additive-free cigarettes she smokes when she gets off the bike (the filters which she does not throw on the ground, if you noticed.) REALLY undo the good she’s done by encouraging alternate transportation, and stewardship to one another and to the planet? I don’t.

  178. Alix
    July 27th, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    Thank you for your comments. Can we please leave this wall as a sanctuary for Peace (and peaceful) definitions. Maybe I’ll set up a forum on the site.

  179. Daphne
    July 30th, 2008 at 12:10 am

    Peace is imagining the possible, putting aside the improbable, and letting Faith take the wheel.

  180. Eric
    July 30th, 2008 at 3:02 am

    Definition of peace: Actively seeking out the good in each and every person, regardless of their traits and habits you may not understand. I have always felt that if every person thought for THEMSELVES instead of letting a govt, media outlet, religion, or other person or persons think for them, the world would be a better place.

    I learned this first hand. My parents were of the type that if you made less money, you were lazy and if you made more, you were somehow crooked or greedy. If you drove a different type of car than my parents you might be criticized. You can only imagine what my folks think about different races and homosexuality.

    Please understand the hurdle of NOT hating folks like this. I love my parents and fully understand that they are just working with the knowledge they were provided, never having the opportunity to leave the small town and predetermined thoughts that go with the long established community. The best we can do is try to put “dents” in their armor of status quo. My father has met minority friends of mine and has shook the hand of gay men.

    I have no agenda towards this beyond meeting and enjoying as many souls in this world as I can before I check out. Life is too short to hate someone because they might have darker or lighter skin, different musical tastes, homosexuality, etc. I might draw the line at being a Dallas Cowboys fan (JUST KIDDING!!!)

  181. Eric
    July 30th, 2008 at 3:07 am

    Understanding that amongst the gays, blacks, whites, jews, Muslems, Christians, and other “dividers” in our world are just a bunch of souls doing the best they can to get through another day. It’s amazing how many good people you can meet when you make an effort to assist them in that goal instead of being an obstacle.

    I would also say that the minorities of this world, and we are all a minority in some way or form, need to resist the urge to “get back” at the majorities that have suppressed for so long. It disappoints me to say this is just as much of a problem as discrimination from the majority.

  182. Karen Johnson
    July 30th, 2008 at 11:06 am

    I have many long and short definitions for peace. Today, it is each moment that I am so still inside that everything outside of me is a beautiful expression of that which I also am, no matter what. Loving the expression of needs met and unmet and awaiting spirit’s prompting as to what my response in each moment shall be.

  183. FAITH SIMONELLI
    July 30th, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    Peace is opening your mind and heart to change!
    Alix, You must realize that you have signified change in people across the nation,…we have kept you in our thoughts and hopefully if you are ever in our neighborhood you’ll stop by….you have not only opened our mind by our heart to peace for everyone. Keep it up and hopefully it ripply in the the individuals thoughts across the nation.
    Faith Simonelli

  184. Dana J
    August 1st, 2008 at 8:38 am

    Awareness and Intent.
    It seems so easy, but so sloppy and graceless, to live without these things and therefore they become, for me, keys to peace.

    It is with these things in mind (of mind) that Alix has found her peace and the strength to keep it.

    I support her. I support you. You are peace.

  185. Rod Bosco
    August 2nd, 2008 at 9:29 am

    Peace to me is, simply, empowerment to follow what is in your heart, given by and shared with those around you. It requires mutual trust and respect and selflessness to cultivate and blossom.

    Peace is hard because fully practicing it leaves one vulnerable, and that makes many of us feel uncomforatable. I think that explains a lot of the non-peaceful actions committed in our world. Those who work on behalf of peace rarely achieve what is commonly defined as riches and rewards but, I suspect, earn something far more valuable.

    Peace is not just an act or a state of being but it is also an embodiment. Peace is you, Alix. Thank you for following your heart and sharing it with all of us.

  186. VaVaVroom Denise
    August 3rd, 2008 at 11:22 am

    Peace: absence of violent and hateful conflict. Abundance of love, compassion, and compromise.

  187. Liz Stanley
    August 5th, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Peace is being here now, paying attention, and knowing that every move, every thought, feeling, action can be a choice toward peace. At the funeral this morning for my neighbor’s mom, I saw peace in the loving embraces and tears that brought us all together to celebrate the life of Dorothy. She inspired everyone with her peace and love. Just days before she died, she had a dream and woke to say, over and over, “It’s so beautiful! It’s so beautiful!”

    Thanks, Alix, for asking us to write what is peace. Thanks for riding your scooter all around the country, and for being here now. Beautiful!

  188. Daphne
    August 7th, 2008 at 2:01 am

    Peace is the sun rising on the day I see you again.

  189. John A.
    August 9th, 2008 at 12:06 am

    Peace is knowing you finished this inspiring journey safely!

  190. Andy
    August 10th, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    Virginia welcomes you and salutes you. How can we get Alix nominated as ABC News ‘Person of the Week’ ?

  191. Jeremy
    August 11th, 2008 at 11:01 am

    Personal peace is feeling content and happy in the moment. More difficult to obtain is the larger peace, in which everyone is able to feel this way.

  192. Tammy Tuthill
    September 13th, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    Peace
    “Just What It Is”
    Silence,Serenity,Stillness
    of Hate
    Eager to Love
    Accept & Relate
    to Everyone
    without Debate
    Regardless of Race
    Religion & Regulation
    Peace is the Ultimate
    Form of Elation!

  193. Nayagan
    September 30th, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Peace is being left blissfully alone.

  194. mindtraining
    October 3rd, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    Even during the wrath of the myraid cosmic winds, the attacks by earthly being’s desires, or the depths of eminant death and despair, one mind stays perfectly still and bright, this is everlasting peace.

  195. Daphne
    December 9th, 2008 at 1:16 am

    Peace is the alignment of the head with the heart, the heart with the head, and the spirit moving in both.

  196. d
    December 31st, 2008 at 10:05 am

    Peace is the absence of obsession. When absent objectivity blossoms and a doorway opens to connect with each other as well as with that which could not previously be seen. Work to identify obsession its root and its influence in our life and those we can care for.

  197. anna
    January 7th, 2009 at 3:19 am

    “Peace exists when different desires are in 1 agreement. when desires refuses compromise, the clash of desires can escalate to the clash of arms and clash of civilization” -Austin Bay, a nantural security specialist.

  198. Sophie in the Moonlight
    March 12th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    peace is acknowledging the sentience of all living things and doing my best to support a climate of welcome and understanding for the place each sentient being holds on our beloved planet. I cannot force my ideas of equality on others, but I can encourage organizations and official representatives to also adopt a spirit of understanding and non-violent resolutions. I practice this idea with my sons and with all I encounter. I like to think/hope that peace is contagious. 🙂

  199. Dot Maver
    April 8th, 2009 at 7:13 am

    peace is the science of right human relations; living in right relations with self, others and the environment; peace is not the absence of violence, nor is it the opposite of war; peace is the dynamic presence of truth, justice, and loving cooperation; peace is a world that works for everyone

  200. Deborah Batcha
    April 14th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    be cool…be respectful…be peaceful
    deborah

  201. Amritesh Kala
    May 3rd, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Peace & Unity… Only Love can set you free !

  202. Steve E
    September 24th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    I’ve been asked for “my” definition of PEACE. Peace–to me–is the absence of chaos. It–is not peace between nations, continental powers, political movements. My control over those is insignificant.

    Peace is you and me. It is a loving meeting of my mind and yours. It IS, in fact–love. It is thinking of you first, before me. It is caring, nurturing, supporting another. Peace and love are “action” words. I have experienced a huge amount of this love at home and away from home the past five weeks. I experienced that “peace which surpasses all understanding” while traveling and meeting people (scootering) through five states.

    On my final ride, the last 50 miles home, I was overwhelmed with the feeling, the knowledge, that I had been so loved in so many ways…accepted, tolerated, fed, “coffee’d”, housed, and treated as an equal among equals, no matter what.

    Again, for me, “peace” and “love” are so closely related as I might think of the genetic togetherness of identical twins.

    The following quote sits on the desk of a long-passed friend of mine. It was meant as a definition of “Humility”. As I read, it usually produces a benignancy, replacing immediately any disturbances which found their way into my heart.

    “Perpetual quietness of heart. It is to have no trouble. It is never to be fretted or vexed, irritable or sore; to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing done against me.

    “It is to be at rest when nobody praises me, and when I am blamed or despised, it is to have a blessed home in myself where I can go in and shut the door and pray to my Father in secret and be at PEACE, as in a deep sea of CALMNESS, when all around and about is seeming trouble. “

  203. charles
    January 22nd, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Peace…
    I have to borrow in part from MLK.
    Peace is not the absence of tension; but the presence of balance in our lives. It’s that balance that we feel when someone smiles at us from across the table as we share a meal… we experience a quiet moment that fills our heart with Hope for Humanity.

  204. admin
    April 26th, 2011 at 10:52 am

    There are no ordinary moments

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