What is Peace? Are we ever at peace? Is peace a constant struggle to always do what is right? What is peace of mind?

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Peace is the absence of strife. It seems so easy to understand and so impossible to obtain. Everybody has a different idea of how to attain peace, and because of these differences, peace remains an elusive achievement. While it may seem impossible to attain it, it never becomes something we should stop working for. The effort can change the world for the better.

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Peace is a constant struggle, both in terms of inner peace and peace between countries.  Since conflict is part of human nature, I don't think there will ever be a time when we are all at peace unless all decisions and thoughts are taken from us.

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Peace of mind is a state in which a person is able to live happily and without the weight of a guilty conscience concerning his personal affairs and family life. Sadly, peace of mind can be relatively easily attained compared to world peace, which will never be achieved as long as governments spend the greater part of its national economy on the military and building advanced weaponry.

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I like this question. I'd say that peace is a state of mind almost always brought about intentionally. One might call it a quietness of the spirit.

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Peace is knowing your place in the world, in my opinion. In other words, peace is to know that there are things beyond your control and knowing that this is fine. For people of faith, peace is to believe and trust in God that he is good and that his ways are higher than ours. It is to trust that there is a plan and in the end all will work out, even if things seems chaotic at the moment.

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I wonder whether peace is actually achievable sometimes, as we live in a society where uncertainty and instability is something that is part of the human condition of life. It seems as if the peace we often think about as constituting peace is actually something that nobody really enjoys in society. Perhaps we need to lessen our expectations and be happy with peace as defined as a life without conflict.

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At first I assumed that your question was about peace between groups or nations or religions. Peace of mind is in some ways just as precious, if not more so. I have always tried to remember, and to pass on to my students, something wise that a wise person once said to me. I had been putting myself under great pressure and had basically been expecting perfection from myself.  This wise person said something that really struck me.  He said: "you would never judge anyone else as harshly as you are judging yourself. You would never treat another person with so little mercy." As I say, I've tried to remember that, and I've urged my students to remember to be as merciful to themselves as they are merciful to others. Sometimes we are least forgiving toward ourselves. Showing some mercy to ourselves can help promote peace of mind.

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Peace is the product of integrity. Living an integral life means that choices, decisions, and deeds are consistent -- meaning that they are chosen, decided, or done with an eye towards what is in everyone's best interest. It may be a struggle to determine what is in everyone's best interest, but the the benefit of peace far outweighs the difficulty in determination.

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Peace of mind is knowing that you do your best to do what is right as often as possible.  Peace of mind is knowing that you can never be perfect, but that you can try to be as perfect as possible.  If you accept that you will never achieve perfection, you can have peace of mind so long as you know that you are doing your best.

For example, I know that I make mistakes raising my kids.  But I know that I'm doing my best and trying hard to do the right thing for them at all times.  That gives me peace of mind.  (Of course, they're not teens yet.  I imagine I'll have no peace of mind then...)

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