Welcome dear, distinguished guest,
As you pursue world peace in
accordance with your own tastes and preferences, there will be many
questions to reflect upon.
For example: Why have you not yet succeeded
in creating world peace?
If you are not yet familiar with this serene salon, please note that you are now digitally situated on the dignified piano nobile of an ethereal Adelaidean residence, Villa Twaklinilkawt.
More about this salon
In this location, you are expected to behave as a strong, enlightened cultural leader. The same applies to every other guest. There is never any competition for true leadership.
Aggressive expressions of social and political power, status and prestige are usually motivated by vanity. That is, indeed, most distasteful. True power, status and prestige are never acquired through bullying. They are acquired through strong, enlightened cultural leadership.
To be enlightened is not enough when there is important work to do. There is no dignity in being enlightened and lazy. Of course, there is no dignity in being unenlightened, either.
More about strong, enlightened cultural leadership
When people are reasonable, and therefore willing to pursue serenity in the world with empathy, equanimity, eloquence and elegance, world peace becomes a possibility. The process begins in peaceful minds. How peaceful is your mind at present, and how do you make the necessary comparisons with other minds?
More about peaceful minds
Willingness is not the same as ability. For that reason, talents require nurturing and supporting.
From the very moment you were conceived, you have been nurtured and supported in many ways, otherwise you would not be here today.
Who has produced and assembled the textiles, clothing and footwear you have been wearing recently?
Who has grown, harvested, transported and prepared the food you have eaten?
Who has been involved in attempting to provide you with a safe, clean, reliable water supply for your homeostatic replenishment and hygiene?
Who has provided the materials, knowledge and skills for the shelter you have required to keep you safe from inclement weather?
Who has protected you from diseases?
Who has been protecting you from unwarranted aggression?
Who has helped you to acquire skills, knowledge and a peaceful disposition?
And who do you help, and how and why?
More about peaceful relationships
If you have not spent your entire life struggling just to survive, you may have been struggling for justice, for recognition, for attention, for security, for relief from grief, relief from physical pain, relief from mobility challenges, relief from sensory or cognitive impairments, relief from addictions or relief from various other unpleasant demands on your time.
Like anyone, you will have experienced many disappointments through unmet expectations and unfulfilled hopes. All this is quite normal.
From petty annoyances to unrelenting abuse, there are often interpersonal challenges to be faced when conflicts arise. These are on top of many environmental challenges.
For thousands of years, people have tried to understand and cope with changes, challenges and conflicts. Throughout that time, they have done so through artistic expression.
There are many ways to define, compare and critique the arts, and many different reasons for doing so. Creativity itself is the foundation of all culture, including all knowledge, values, beliefs and skills.
While crafts and professions involve following rules, art goes beyond rules and sometimes ignores them completely. Art is therefore the true basis of freedom.
Yet the arts have often been used oppressively to indoctrinate people into sharing a belief system, at least outwardly. The arts have also been used to pressure people into conformity in other ways, often against their will.
What are the words and melodies of a national anthem really meant to convey?
What do the other official political symbols of a state and/or society attempt to instill in citizens and outsiders?
The political use of the arts in the service of an ideology can be counteracted by expressing art in the service of peace. An ideology will always create conflict. Peaceful arts aim to counteract conflict and solve societal problems fairly.
More about peaceful arts
With a little assistance, anyone can be
involved in creating world peace quite easily. This salon is a
reflection of the peaceful mind of a strong, enlightened cultural
leader, interacting in peaceful relationships through peaceful arts
whilst creating world peace.
A little more assistance