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New Years' Musings on the Opposite of War: It's Not What You Think!

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And a truly peace-full society is characterized by this dynamic dance of both practical and artistic creativity that nourishes the soul and elevates the spirit, sending a ripple effect of well-being throughout society

Peace, then, is not the goal, but the byproduct of an enthusiastic and creative society! 

Peace naturally accompanies any golden age of artistic expression and joyful creativity. Who can imagine a society of people who are deliciously engaged in blissful creative expression, ever wanting to tear themselves away to step backward toward war?

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So, plant peonies, bake brownies, paint pictures, sing songs, and pen poetry. Make a quilt--they aren't called "comforters" for nothing! Join in the interwoven heartbeat of a community drum circle. Dance like nobody's watching. Take a class in a creative pursuit that you have dreamed of exploring, like scrapbooking, acting, or pottery. Or find another creator's artistic expression that brings you joy, and have fun appreciating it at a museum, a playhouse, craft fair, or in the words of a book.

Einstein noted that it was impossible to simultaneously prevent and prepare for war. And that is because we can only dance in one place on the creation/destruction continuum at any given moment.

So every single choice we make that supports creativity and the arts takes us one step further from war and destruction, and that much closer toward birthing a world full of peace, creativity, and joyful wellbeing.

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)
 

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