"From some of the most horrendous chapters in human history," writes Scott A. Hunt, "these great leaders have emerged to show us a different path, proving not only that cessation of war is possible, but that the removal of hatred and violence from our hearts is possible as well ... they show us that the promise of peace remains intact. It is to these people that we can turn in order to replenish our encouragement, hope, and inspiration."
What does it mean to fight for peace today? We all want lasting peace. But is it really possible, and how do we achieve it? Defying military intelligence officers in Burma, secret police in Vietnam, and combatants in the Occupied Territories of Palestine, Scott Hunt spent three years traveling the globe -- often under arduous conditions -- to seek out the wisdom of the world's leading peacemakers.
In intimate conversations with these remarkable peacemakers, recounting histories that are not taught in school, and uncovering lessons that are often brushed aside, Hunt skillfully coaxes out staggering stories, including those of Burma's legendary pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Tibet's moral authority the Dalai Lama, Vietnam's leading dissident Thich Quang Do, famed primate specialist and humanitarian Dr. Jane Goodall, Cambodia's Supreme Patriarch Maha Ghosananda, Costa Rica's Nobel Peace Laureate Oscar Arias Sanchez, and other great leaders who have battled to end the brutality against the people and causes they cherish. This extraordinary investigation offers far-ranging insights and invaluable lessons, changing the way we think about the world and our responsibility toward one another.
These heroic figures are unwilling to accept that our lives must consist of the tragedy of unremitting conflict and warfare. They explain the basis of the conflicts they are working to resolve, and what inspires them to stay steadfast in their commitment to peace. Engaging, inspiring, and at times funny, The Future of Peace conveys both a message of hope and a call to action, revealing what it means to remain steadfast to a vision of compassion, to be a leader, and to preserve peace in our own day-to-day lives.
Scott A. Hunt is one of the few writers in the world to have gained access to the exceptional group of peacemakers interviewed in this book. He is a graduate of Harvard University, where he studied government, specializing in political philosophy. He has written for a wide array of magazines and is currently teaching Buddhism at the University of California, Berkeley's continuing education program. The Future of Peace is the winner of "The Best Spiritual Book" of 2002.