Peace cultures . . . are not just a figment of the imagination. They exist in daily life and habitual interaction as people get on with their lives and work, negotiating differences rather than engaging in interminable battles over just how to solve each problem as it comes up. Aggressive posturing slows down problem solving. Violence is more visible and gets more attention in our history books and in our media than peace does. But a peace culture will take us where we want to go.

Kenneth Boulding always used to say, "What exists is possible." Since peace cultures exist, they are possible. If we want the world to be one planetary zone of peace, full of adventure and the excitement of dealing with diversity and difference, without violence, humans can make it so.

Medea Benjamin, Jodie Evans in Stop the Next War Now