Deepak Chopra's passionate new book, Peace Is the Way, was inspired by a saying from Mahatma Gandhi: "There is no way to peace. Peace is the way." In a world where every path to peace has proved futile, the one strategy that hasn’t been tried is the way of peace itself.
"We must not bring one war to an end, or thirty," Chopra tells us, "but the idea of war itself."
How can this be done?
By facing the truth that war is satisfying, and then substituting new satisfactions so that violence is no longer appealing. "War has become a habit. We reach for it the way a chain smoker reaches for a cigarette, promising to quit but somehow never kicking the habit."
But Chopra tells us that peace has its own power, and our task now is to direct that power and multiply it one person at a time. Behind the numbing headlines of violence running out of control there are unmistakable signs of a change - Chopra believes that a majority of people are ready to see an end to war.
"Right now 23 million soldiers serve in armies around the world. Can't we find 10 times that number who will dedicate themselves to peace? A hundred times?"
Peace Is the Way challenges each of us to take the next leap in personal evolution. "You aren't asked to be a saint, or to give up any belief. You are only asked to stop reacting out of fear, to change your allegiance from violence to peace."
In a practical seven-step program, Chopra shows the listener how to become a true peacemaker.
"Violence may be innate in human nature, but so is its opposite: love. The next stage of humanity, the leap which we are poised to take, will be guided by the force of that love." This is more than a hope or an aspiration. It is a new way of being in the world, giving each individual the power to end war in our time.
"Chopra's affirmation that 'our true identity is at the level of spirit and nowhere else' has the ring of truth and so does the rest of this simple, practical, inspiring book." (Publishers Weekly)
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We Can Do This
This book is a bit depressing becuase it examines war before it covers peace. However. it is enlightening in that it shows that we as individuals do have power and responsibility on the issue of Peace. Whether you agree with Deepok's political opinions or not, his solution is plausible.
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Does not promote peace
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
I'm disappointed because I really like Deepak. But as someone from the south I'm tired of the entire population being painted with a broad brush and southerners used as the bad example. It's no different than saying "________ (fill in an entire part of the world or race) are all (fill in a disparaging remark)." It does not promote peace to disparage a whole section of the country. I'm sure Deepak has many followers there. As for Sherman and his bunch burning Atlanta to the ground, after the Union army finished that feat they turned west and wiped out the natives. No one ever mentions that part. They aren't heroes.