The Peace Museum Vienna had the great honor and pleasure welcoming Paul K. Chappell to our Peace Talk Evening on 19 May, 2016. Chappell is a West Point graduate, former army Captain, an Iraq war veteran, and is currently an international speaker for peace. As the Peace Leadership Director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Chappell held a presentation on “Why World Peace is Possible”. Through his extensive lectures, trainings and workshops, he offers a deep understanding of what it means to be human. Chappell also explores alternatives and antidotes to violence and dehumanization.
In his book “Will War Ever End?” Chappell believes that: “In the twenty-first century, humanity has become so interconnected that we are all citizens of the world, whether we recognize it or not. During the challenging years ahead, our planet will need soldiers of peace who understand this truth of our brotherhood, because our survival in an interconnected world will not depend upon our ability to wage war. The fate of humanity will depend upon our willingness to wage peace.” Thus, we must strive to wage peace as a collective, and not wars, in order for us to survive as a species.
A frequent question is, how does conflict and war so often prevail peace in times of hardships? There are several theories and different perspectives, whether political, economic, or societal that attempt to explain such trends. It is much easier to pursue warfare and conflict than opting for peaceful alternatives, which proves to be a much larger challenge to the opposing parties involved. There are numerous ideas as to how to accomplish world peace, but on a core level, it begins with the individual through empathy and mutual respect.