Professor Mike Hardy speak to the New European on RISING and more

I am concerned that peace and peacefulness is an issue that our leaders cannot deliver.

Perhaps we shouldn’t expect them to –we should all step up to take more personal responsibility for peace as individuals, within our families and neighbourhoods, as part of our citizenships of nations and global regions.

This is not necessarily because leaders don’t want to, but more because any assessment about what it will require is simply overwhelmed by uncertainties or is just too difficult.

Peacefulness requires taking responsibility for a state of affairs that everyone seems to want, but too few make a priority. But the inspiration of Archbishop Tutu’s words, of his plea for coalition, for common agendas that mobilise our diversity of starting points is potentially seriously diluted in what I will call a ‘BREXIT’ world in which walls rather than teams are built…

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