I just loved this quote from the beginning of Are We Done Fighting? and had to share it with you all!
Matthew Legge wrote:Sometimes we want to be contrarians, to cheer for the bad guy, to do what we’re told not to. Peace thinkers often downplay this, overlooking the fact that for many, violence is exciting, even beautiful. It’s possible that many of us “are drawn to carnage, not repelled by it.” With this line of thinking my vision started to become clear — while thinking about violence as a form of infection I began to see that viruses, for example, can be at the same time horrible and yet, from another point of view, elegant. We have to marvel at the ways they’ve evolved to spread and replicate, often with terrifying results. Peace is actually powerful and exciting. It moves between us...like a virus. What incentives do hosts (folks like you and me) need to spread peace, to make it go viral?
How can peacebuilding go viral? How could peace become infectious?