Abstract: People think peace is not possible. These same people probably do not think telling the truth is not possible. A truth is always more simple than a lie and truth always produces better results than do lies. Living a life of peace is far more simple that trying to live caught up in the confusions and inconsistencies of your lies. We cannot have peace living a life that is a lie. Stop living a lie and you will find peace.
This article is designed as a program for a local municipality but it is a program doable by anyone, anywhere.
Muskoka The City Of Peace
Muskoka: The City Of Peace is a proposal for a new Muskoka Brand.
For all of mankind’s successes, for all the miracles that make up civilization peace has evaded us, personally and collectively; globally and even at the level of our neighborhoods. But we can have peace if the people come together and consent to peace. Muskoka can be The City Of Peace.
We the people of Muskoka need only come together in peace. Governments cannot make peace for us, politicians cannot make us neighbors and friends. This is something we the people must do for ourselves, so, lets we, the people of this beautiful land come together and make Muskoka a place where social division and conflict no longer exist. Let’s make peace for future generations. Let’s make Muskoka The City Of Peace.
We will not be like the generations of the past who sent their problems into the future to be solved by their children and their children’s children or be sent once more into the future. Peace must be built on justice. There is no justice in giving our problems to future generations to solve.
Let’s stop sending poverty into the future. Let’s make ending poverty part of the peace process. A city divided cannot be at peace.
Let’s not send homelessness into the future. It is our neighbors who are homeless. A city with people who have no home is not a city that is peaceful.
No more debt. Let’s stop sending the future our debt? Debt is a cost we have avoided paying. Let’s pay off our debt and give our children a clean start.
Let’s make Muskoka The City Of Peace by ending all the causes of social division. There is no peace between debtor and creditor.
Is peace possible? Are we not all victims of a system we do not control? Let’s stop being victims. Victims are not people at peace with each other or with themselves.
The City of Peace is a city with no division or conflict no social injustice. We ask how is this possible? If we know how to produce debt and unemployment and conflict, then we know how to stop doing this. If you know how to drive through a stop sign you also know how to stop when you get to a stop sign.
If social conflict is created by social division then we eliminate the division to end the conflict. A division between people is just a separation. It is nothing complicated. To repair the division, we just take a step towards the other person. If this does not eliminate what separates us then we take another step and another until there is no more division.
We only have to decide who will take the first step. We could establish an elaborate process for deciding who that will be, or we could forgo the process and just take the first step ourselves.
Call up a friend, a neighbor, go into the street and talk to someone. Bridge the gaps that have grown up between us.
Meet for coffee, meet in your homes, get to know one another. Find out what divides you. Find out what divides your neighbor from his or her neighbor.
Now we come to a problem, the bible says do not be yoked unequally with an unbeliever. This does not pertain solely to the ones who reject Christ for those who do not know Christ can know the truth written in their heart. The unbeliever pertains also to those who reject the truth of God as well as the person of God.
At some point the person has to walk towards us and learn to help him or her self and indeed be willing to help others. Eliminating division is not a one-way street. This is why at some point we need to work in and through the church. For those who reject God we can call the social configuration an Exchange. It remains a group of persons working together to eliminate social division.
This is not the place to bring up the issue of ecumenicalism beyond saying bringing people together brings the churches together. What peace does and what the Pacifarian solution does is bring people together regardless of their starting point. That some are Christians and some organizations pacified is incidental. The goal is peace.
Let’s imagine a beacon of hope shinning in the darkness that men see and begin to walk towards. This is the hope for peace. By coming together the divisions between them start to fade because they already share a common dream.
Creating peace requires a two-pronged approach. The existing divisions must be systematically eradicated, and methods need to be implemented to prevent new divisions from arising. It comes down to the reality we are sinful people. We cannot get rid of existing systems without simultaneously erecting new godly structures. To put this another way we cannot eliminate a dictator without putting democracy in his place.
The City Of Peace is built on social units called an Exchange. An Exchange is created by people who come together to work for peace in a special and targeted way. Exchanges do not just work to eliminate sources of social unrest they replace these with pacific structures.
People associate on two levels, geographical proximity or/and shared interests. Woman who need help from time to time could form an Exchange, so they can help one another even as they reduce their social distance from one another.
The size of an Exchange is defined by the limits of a social network. Groups of twenty people are not intimate and ones of 3 are not very effective. A good number is twelve, but the size largely depends on the needs of the members and the degree to which the group can function as a unit.
Twelve woman who come together to produce peace can look at the lines which divided them, some are married with kids, some not, some are unmarried with kids, others have jobs, some do not. The divisions need not all be spelled out. The solution is not to force all woman into the same mold. What is needed is a way for these women to reconcile their differences. They need a way to overcome the issues that divide them. An Exchange symbolizes their commitment to one another and their desire to come to terms with the needs and differences that separate them.
Ten women could organize to share shopping, housework, babysitting and even out of house jobs and so on. Now this is not unknown and has been done from the beginning. Social networks are composed of people who are friends and neighbours and family and who help one another. No accounts are kept and the giving and getting is fairly informal. But this leads to the potential for abuse. And this is something that needs to be address if we are to achieve a meaningful level of peace.
Before this the options were to argue and disassociate or to put up with the injustices of some people. Neither really is conducive to peace. Being upset and frustrated even if it does not lead to an overt split still sours the relationship and brings some degree of division.
We need a way to keep accounts without it being overtly formal. The woman could of course demand payment in fiat notes. This stops people claiming benefits they do not wish to pay for, but it harms the service giver who finds it difficult to get work when people are worried about paying out money they are not able to earn. So, the woman seeks peace by removing this area of risk for each other by in effect, underwriting the potential for loss.
The Exchange is an insurance underwriter guaranteeing compensation for any loss. Thus, the members can perform services upon demand without risk.
The woman do not look to the individual member for payment but to the Exchange itself. The Exchange is the guarantor of all debts.
We have mentioned that peace is the elimination of those things which divide us. A key risk is giving in more than one gets out or at least giving in more than others and yet getting back less than others.
In capitalizing the Exchange each woman donates a set amount of the amount she is able. This can be little, a lot of nothing depending on how the Exchange is set up and what it is intended to provide. If the Exchange is set up to provide services, it will require far less assets than an Exchange set up to manufacture a product.
All the Exchange needs is a group of people willing to eliminate social distances. The value of the Exchange in terms of its business activity is a measure of the distance eliminated. The value of Exchange activity is also a measure of the trust that exists. If there is no trust there is division and as trust decreases distance widens until there are not social interactions.
A voucher system is created to help eliminate the social division created by conventional monetary systems. The voucher system is backed by the equity of an Exchange. Vouchers are issued as equity increases so if the Exchange possesses $3,000.00 worth of equity it can issue a similar amount in vouchers. Vouchers are identical to and are issued as Preferred Shares. Preferred Shares represent equity. Each person who creates value is issued or paid a corresponding number of Preferred Shares. These Preferred Shares serve as vouchers or a local currency. Vouchers are spent in the same way conventional forms of money are spent.
At present, though we may not see this as clearly as we ought, the economy is a divisive factor. Exchange economics serve to reduce the social divisions between us.
When we go to a conventional supplier of services the relationship is strictly monetary. We pay our money and we receive the service paid for, at the point the relationship for all intents and purposes ends, though some effort is made to generate what is called Good Will it is a very tenuous bond easily severed by the competition offering the same service at a lower price.
An Exchange offers the service as a social activity. The group may meet for coffee and engage in other social activities such as sports. They may create a quilting circle and branch out into other services with the addition of other members.
The Exchange is a close-knit group of friends one can call on any time for any favor, only the use of a voucher system keeps anyone from being treated unfairly. This is important for the long-term stability of the group.
Belonging to an Exchange makes it possible to help any other member at any time without worrying about the cost, so long as one is available, as one is guaranteed to be compensated by the Exchange.
Exchanges underwrite all risk that might be incurred by any member due to transacting business with any other member of the Exchange. If Ethel needs help with her housework Gladys can help. Gladys’s work creates value, and this serves as the basis of an issue of Preferred Shares based on the equity created by Gladys. Thus, the Exchange vouchers or Preferred Share issue is always covered by the value of the Exchange.
Gladys can purchase goods and services from other members of the Exchange. As more woman and men join a quilting Exchange is started and a few members create an Uber style taxi service to give those members without cars a way to get around.
The Exchange can grow indefinitely and expand goods and services as the skills and abilities and capital of the group increases. Because the members find it in their best interest to help one another and expand the value and capacity of the Exchange peace develops even as the Exchange expands its line of goods and services.