Panel on Peace in Siam
Presenters: Tung-Yi Kho, Tian Song
Destruction of Human Life Is Unacceptable.
Regardless of people’s political views or their actions in following such views, all life should be protected, by any means, from being destroyed.
Responding to Violence with Inaction Could Be Interpreted as Accepting It.
This topic challenged the whole group to pay attention to how we felt about and responded to the situation. For some, doing something could also worsen the violence, and doing nothing but only observing can be helpful in toning down the violence, as well.
Structural Violence Needs to be Changed.
Structural violence is both internal and external. Internal structural violence involves attitudes, values and worldviews in people’s consciousness, such as “hill-tribe people are valuable only because they provide cheap labor, and their culture can make no contribution to modern development.” Or, “someone deserves punishment.” External structural violence is expressed in public policy and systems around which our society is organized and managed.
Structural Awareness and Conscious Living.
It’s equally important that we recognized our personal involvement with structural violence. Part of the reason it still exists, or even grows stronger, is that it relies on the complexity of a system in which people cannot perceive the reality of other parts of the system. This structural violence relies on the disconnection of the system’s members. So we need to reconnect with life in all parts and at all levels so that the illusion that perpetuates the violence can be understood and eradicated.
Pain Healed, Violence Understood
In order to create a peaceful society, we need to stop running away from experiences of pain, fear and violence. This does not mean that we have to be mean and love violence, but that we need to pay attention, with our eyes open. We cannot judge those who are in pain and find no way to be healed. Pain unhealed or unrecognized is expressed in forms of violence.
We need to study to understand the mechanisms that separate our society and find ways to reconnect the gap. Skills that deal with different views such as ‘dialogue’ needs to be practiced and served in needed situations, as a part of healing, expressing, and creating our society.
We Are the World in Change!
We recognize our roles and places in the social transformation process. No can stem this tide of change. Some may wish to reject it, but no one can escape from the reality.