This is a wonderful summary of previous speeches delivered by Colman McCarthy. However, his stories never fail to grasp my attention. The key message is “Peace is the result of Love, and if Love was easy, we’d all be good at it.” This is only possible when you “pay attention” to the world around you. Focus on the local community first, not on Middle East or ISIS or some far away violence. Do what you can in your immediate neighbourhoods to teach peace and non-violence and that’ll eventually make a lasting impact on the people wherever they may go.Happy birthday to one of my greatest heroes from Port Elizabeth, South Africa Colman McCarthy!
In a humorous yet thought-provoking talk, Colman McCarthy tackles the rhetorical question he poses at the beginning – why teach peace? McCarthy draws on his experience as a former Washington Post columnist and the only “Peace Studies” professor in Washington D.C. to explain why, in a society that structurally glorifies war and violence from a young age, he’d rather teach peace.
Colman McCarthy, a former Washington Post columnist, is the director of the Center for Teaching Peace, a Washington non-profit. He has been teaching courses on nonviolence at seven schools for over 30 years, including Georgetown University and Georgetown Law. His books include “All of One Peace” and “I’d Rather Teach Peace.” He is a pacifist, a vegan and an athlete who has run 18 marathon.