Posts Tagged ‘peace’

The Road to Global Peace

October 12, 2014



Gandhi’s History of Non-Violence

October 5, 2014

“Together, one mind, one heart, one life, one small step at a time, let’s link hands and march into a new tomorrow, a better and brighter future. TOGETHER we can do it”

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August 19, 2011


Tags (key words,/categories): Writing, writing articles, books, new books,
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A South African Economist and
Business Leader

“I Want to Write a

It’s not the mountain
we conquer, but

It’s not the
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The Future of Electronic Publishing


Sharing some Thoughts on Head and
Brain Injury

My Story (I’ll Do it My Way)

Stirling – A New Book



THE BOOK ‘Bismarck,
Dorsetshire and Memories’

Early Motor Racing In
South Africa

(even for “Dummies”)

Working Towards a More
Peaceful Middle East

The Prize (A New Book)


A new Book: Writing into the

Writing Into The Light (A
New Book)


Enough for the time being!

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I hope they may be of interest to you. Enjoy…


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About the Author

I’ve been writing about my passions since

Craig has been involved in the corporate world (life assurance) for over twenty
years in South Africa, Australia (briefly) and New Zealand. However, through a
strange set of circumstances and finding himself in a small town near the bottom
of the world …and with nothing else to do, he started writing. Five published
books later (well they turned out to be a vanity publisher and he and his
family lost everything, their life savings, including the kitchen sink* – that
episode is a book in itself!). Now many years later, “recovering“, having
written another twenty manuscripts (on widely differing subjects – well what
else is there to do here?)… this is where Craig is in the
“journey/adventure” that is life.

Craig has taught at the local Polytechnic, as well as running a successful
creative writing course (not teaching sheep!). Together with his “technowhizz” friend,
Bill Rosoman, he was the author of (as far as we know) the first creative
writing course on the internet and this has developed to new writing and
publishing courses we have introduced on our new Creative website

* that’s a metaphor, btw (“by the way”)


Craig has many varied interests and passions. He is particularly interested in
the field of psychology – studying the human mind and what makes different
people “tick-tock grandfather clock”. He is fascinated by the
“overlap between psychology and the dimension of spirituality”.

One of his missions in life is helping people make the most of their hidden
potential and so finding their niche in life… so that they are happy.

Craig’s various books probably tell more about his rather “eventful”
life best (no one could believe it!). He writes books with serious messages and
themes, then as a contrast “rather crazy, wacky stuff”…to keep him
sane here. As an ‘anonymouse’ person wrote: “All of us are born mad; some
of us remain so.”

Well nothing else much happens in quiet provincial New Zealand, other than
headlines like “Golf Ball Thrown at Policeman” and “Beach Toilet
Closed for Season.”. True!

The “writer” loves to encourage and empower people to be the best they can
possibly be, and to create what they want in life. Craig has learnt plenty from
the “school of life” (still “battered and bruised”) and
also from a few “hard knocks on the head”. He is an extensive world
traveller (on a “shoestring budget”) and failed professional
emigrater who has spent most of his lifes savings on airfares. He is still
sliding down the razor blade of life on the beautiful undiscovered island that
is New Zealand, somewhere near the bottom (rude!) of the world near Antarctica.
There he talks to the 60 million sheep!

So here goes…


Craig Lock is an extensive world traveller and failed professional emigrater
who has spent most of his life’s savings on airfares. He is still ‘sliding down
the razor blade of life’, stuck on a deserted (other than a few brilliant rugby
players) island at the bottom of the world near Antarctica, where he is ‘trying
to throw a double six’ to get off and go out into the real world – but he
doesn’t know where!

In the style of Bill Bryson, HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE tells tales of his
hilarious hair-raising adventures in his younger years through ‘Grate’ Britain
and the Continent.

‘’Dropped out in Godzone‘’: Craig Lock’s humorous travel book about his
adventures in provincial New Zealand…

One man and his family – and their experiences “Down Under”.

The author and his wife contrast life in colourful, vibrant South Africa with
calm and kindly New Zealand – and with large dashes of humour offer much
understanding of, and sympathy with the social attitudes of the two worlds.

A new immigrant’s impressions of life in provincial New Zealand (after coming
from a large city in South Africa) … and there were one or two rather funny
adventures, nay escapades in “Sleepy Hollow” from time to time!


“DROPPED OUT IN GODZONE is an original and agreeable piece of work. The
picture it gives of New Zealand- to one who has never been there- has a ring of
complete authenticity. The feeling of the country is relaxed, and perhaps
rather un-stimulating, but we get an overall impression from the writer that he
views his time there with some affection, and above all with tolerance.”

This book breathes a natural humour and kindliness, which is what gives it the
individual character that is so appealing.

Autobiography has a particular value as a literary form. It is a shared kind of
writing and I’ll continue to bang the drum. It is unusual to encounter two such
different manuscripts from the same author. Both (THE END OF THE LINE is the
other book) have quality and share an easy and assured writing style that is a
pleasure to read.

Both of these short books are of first rate quality.”

Craig is presently working on his latest novel ‘The Awakened Spirit’, based on
some true and inspiring stories of the indomitable human spirit, that lies
within each one of us. Stories of endless possibilities.

He firmly believes in the motto: “Find what you love doing, then you will
never have to do a days work in your life.” Craig is certain he has found
his niche in life… anyway, what other job would be suitable for him?


PPS: Well there WAS a big earthquake here in “Sleepy Hollow” some
years back with buildings damaged. It made international news (so sad about the
Christchurch disaster)!


Craig has a ‘passion’ for writing books that tell stories about people doing
positive things in this often so hard, sometimes unkind world, occasionally
cruel, yet always amazing world – true stories that leave the reader feeling
uplifted, empowered and hopefully even inspired.
and Craig’s mission is to encourage people to believe in
themselves and try to help inspire people around the world to achieve their
goals and dreams in life, whatever they may be. Craig is presently working on
his latest novel ‘The Awakened Spirit’,
based on some true and inspiring stories of the indomitable human spirit, that
lies within each one of us. Stories of endless possibilities.

He firmly believes in the motto: “Find what you love doing, then you will
never have to do a days work in your life.” Craig is certain he has found
his niche in life… anyway, what other job would be suitable for him?

The various books that Craig “felt inspired
to write” are available at : +

Craig’s blog (with extracts from his various
writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) is at

“The world’s smallest and most exclusive bookstore”

* Hard-copies and e-books, fiction and nonfiction:
self help, novels, travel, humour, writing, inspiration and money management

All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged
children –


(enough of that negativity, cut it out right NOW
and start really believing, now “chappie”!)




“I’ll write till I drop!”

THE END …for now (at last)…

But the writing journey is a
never-ending story




Jesus Meets Muhammad (Appendix II)

June 19, 2011


Jesus, Jesus Christ, “My Conversations with God”, questions
Today 25th December in the year 2010
Gisborne , New Zealand
The first city in the world to see the sun

“Äsk and it shall be given.
Seek and ye shall find.”
“Whatever ye ask in my name….”

Who was your favourite disciple:
I didn’t have favourites as you call it. They were all very special people in their own ways with their unique qualities. And they really took a giant leap of faith in giving yup their everyday lives to follow me.

Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute?
No, though that what is what some church leaders implied and that hurts me. But we must forgive slights, both real and imagined. I learnt much from Mary, a very very special and wonderful lady, who
had her faults, weaknesses, but most of all strengths, just like all of us?

Did you go to India to learn about Buddhism, because many of your teachings were similar to those of the Buddha?

Of course I didn’t go to India and Kashmir, as some people speculate. I never travelled far in my life, unlike you living in these easier times. Then I did meet some Buddhist traders in my travels around Palestine, but I got those teachings directly from the Father. Many of these teachings are similar to those from other ancient teachings, like those of the Buddha. Ones like charity, equality of all, human rights for all, pursuit of peace, forgiving, the healing power of forgiveness, loving one’s enemies, the great power of love, and so on.

What did you do in the “lost years” between ages 12 or 13 to 30?

I was doing my usual carpentry/stone making work with my father, Joseph? Also studying the Torah, meditating and praying, but also living a normal life as a young man. Even if YOU tried to write about your own life, you couldn’t write everything down. So much happens in a single day, you even soon forget “run-of-the mill things” quickly. As John said at the end of his Gospel: There are many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one. I suppose
that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.”
(John 21:25)

So you did many more miracles?

Of course, but only as a channel through God, the Father. I couldn’’t do them alone!

What about the Gnostic Gospels?

You mean the books by Phillip, Thomas, James, Judas, Andres and so on?
Yes, its unfortunate that they have been omitted from the New Testament as they add another perspective to me and my teachings. I don’t think that they would erode people’s faith in me, but add to it. Especially, “non-religious” people in these day would understand my teachings far easier than a lot of the “heavy stuff” written in the Bible. A lot of the writings in those Gospels is in line with modern psychological principles.

You mean studies of the human mind.

Yes. As Thomas, you know the doubting one, who wanted to first see my wounds, wrote down my words: “What you have within you will save you”…but I’ll add this “and it all comes through belief and God’s Infinite Spirit working in and through us.”

You sure are the greatest psychiatrist, who ever lived, Jesus
Did you marry as some religious scholars claim?

Of course not! Some are just trying to gather attention, publicity for their wild claims, but most are simply sincere, yet misguided.

So you never married Mary Magdalene?

That’s crazy, Ha ha. Yet she was a very special young lady and I was extremely fond of her… as a disciple…as a person.

Ask me anything and I’ll answer you

Thank you for this very special time together, Jesus. It’s been really enlightening and you have clarified
my questions so beautifully.

Well, it is all so really simple, the mystery of the Kingdom of God. Yet we are NOT meant to try to understand this world of Spirit. Till next time. I look forward to it too

I love you. And Happy birthday today.

About the submitter:
In his various writings, little by little, one mind, one heart, one soul at a time, Craig strives to break down and economic, social, cultural and religious barriers. Craig believes that whilst we should celebrate our differences, what we share in the form of our common humanity is way more important than what divides us.
He is currently “writing” ‘Jesus Meets Muhammad’. and
The submitter’s blog (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) is at
Together, one mind, one heart, one life at a time, let’s plant the seeds, the hope of a better and brighter future.
These writings may be freely published
From the depth of the valleys, in the deserts of despair, there is hope… as there is the unquenchable oasis, the immense breadth and depth of the human spirit… always.”

Give us forgiveness for the past, strength for today and hope for the future.”

Bitter enemies learn to live again in harmony

January 22, 2010

Bitter enemies learn to live again in harmony
By Andrew Buncombe
9:33 AM Thursday Dec 31, 2009
SRI LANKA: Workshops teach new generation to trust again after decades of civil war
Learning to trust people from other communities is a challenge for many Sri Lankans who have lived through decades of conflict. Photo / AP
It was the simplest of scenes and yet it was utterly remarkable. In the swimming pool of a Sri Lankan hotel, a dozen or so young men were playing and splashing and generally horsing around.
To the casual observer their antics may not have warranted a second glance. Yet the young men laughing together in the pool represented the different religious and ethnic elements that constitute Sri Lankan society, a society that has for decades been torn apart by war, anger and discrimination.
“Before, we never had the chance to mix,” said 23-year-old Amila, a Sinhalese Buddhist from Sri Lanka’s central province.
“I think most of my community will be happy to learn about this and to know we are breaking down barriers.”
The young student was one of several dozen young men and women brought to this hotel, set deep in the jungle close to Polonnaruwa, as part of a series of inter-faith and inter-community workshops organised by activists looking to bring about reconciliation and understanding.
The workshops have involved religious leaders from the different communities, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and Christian, and are designed to suggest ways of working together to solve common problems.
It is the most challenging of tasks. For more than three decades, Sri Lanka has been ravaged by a bitter civil war between Tamil separatists and the Government, dominated by the Sinhala Buddhist majority. In addition to taking upwards of 90,000 lives, the conflict has created considerable barriers between the different communities, isolating some and rewarding others. For many Tamils, the sense of discrimination and suffering is unending.
Many people – including all the young people invited to Polonnaruwa – have grown up knowing nothing but war. They were born in conflict, raised in conflict and their outlooks and opportunities have been shaped by the daily realities of war – of suicide bombers, the deaths of relatives, roadblocks and security checks.
Susantharan, 22, a Hindu Tamil from south of Batticaloa on the east coast, told how the rebels, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which once controlled a large swath of the north and east of the country, demanded that Tamil families provide sons and daughters to fight.
“Some of my cousins were killed during the conflict,” he said.
Amila told how, in turn, the government forces regularly recruited in his district. While there was no conscription, young men were encouraged to sign up. Eight of his friends did so and one was killed. Some of his relatives who became soldiers lost their limbs.
“If a soldier was killed, most of the time the body would be brought back to the relatives,” he said. “But sometimes the family might just be told he had become a martyr.”
The struggle to create trust is being undertaken by the Centre for Peace Building and Reconciliation, a Colombo-based organisation that is supported by the charity Peace Direct.
Over two years, the organisation has worked individually with the various groups, trying to encourage an awareness of other communities and a realisation that most of the inter-community problems are systemic rather than the result of individuals.
In this last part of the process, the different religious and ethnic groups have been brought together, to develop trust and dialogue and finally to work towards solutions. The process has been carried out independently of the Government.
The organisation’s co-founder, Dishani Jayaweera, said it had stressed two themes – peace and co-existence. Realising its effort can only be a grass-roots process, the group has targeted religious leaders and the youth.
She hopes that once the participants return home to their communities, they will retain the insights they have gathered.
And it is not just young men who are taking part in the workshop. A group of 10 women from across Sri Lanka, Buddhist, Hindu and Christian, reveal how the workshops have given them a rare chance to meet and mingle with other communities.
Shanti, a young Sinhalese Buddhist from Anuradhapura, told how the war had created distrust between neighbours.
“In our area there are some villages that have separate communities. There was always suspicion and fear that they [the Tamil community] would be supporting the rebels. But now I think there is a chance to reduce suspicion,” she said.
VK Sivapalan Iyer is a Hindu priest from Batticaloa. He said the Hindu Tamil population had suffered as a result of unequal development and educational opportunities. Slowly, however, things have been improving and he said he was impressed by the commitment made by many of the Buddhist monks he had met.
“There has been a long link between Buddhism and Hinduism,” he said. “We had always hoped they would help us. Now they are doing so.”
The position of Sri Lanka’s Buddhist monks during the conflict differed from area to area. A tiny number, represented by the high-profile “war monk” Athurliye Rathana, actively encouraged the destruction of the rebels. The Reverend Dupali is a 51-year-old monk from Matara in the south of the country. He said he hoped the workshop would help build trust between communities to enable a long-lasting peace.
“I have always said that war is not a solution to the problem. If we are true Buddhists we cannot accept that,” he said. “Anyone who knows the truth about Buddhism cannot accept violence.”


Also as published on

“The Economy of Peace”

December 19, 2009

Article Title: “The Economy of Peace”
Submitted by: Craig Lock
Key words: South Africa, economy, peace
Web site:
Publishing Guidelines: All my articles and extracts from my various writings may be freely published, electronically or in print.

“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”




Submitter’s Note:

The following are some short extracts from two novels, ‘Endless Possibilities’ and ‘Peace Lives WITHIN’ on which Craig is currently “working” (or rather they seem to be ‘writing themselves. Hope they are not too “heavy heavy”. Enjoy.

The West should do more to help local people with new investments in roads and other infrastructure, education and crop assistance.”

Corporal (General) Mullen: “We cannot kill our way to victory (in Afghanistan).”

For now at least, Syria is following a model resembling China’s: Crack down on dissent, liberate the economy and try to manage the growing gap between rich and poor.

In summary, there needs to be an open approach and a willingness to interact with a wide variety of sectors in the economy. The leaders must make decisions (brave) that liberate the economy and try to manage the growing gap between rich and poor. They should liberalise and diversify parts of the economy.

There needs to be a multi-pronged approach to peace initiaves


D iplomacy

E conomic

P olitical

S cientific

Cultural contacts (alignments)

and finally (and as a last resort),

M ilitary efforts.


ECONOMICS AND GROWTH (the ideas of a complete layman”)

Here are a few central ideas in marketing South Africa as an investment destination.

I have seen first-hand how successfully New Zealand has attracted foreign investment; so hope that the following information might be of use in your difficult task.

Some of the conditions which made New Zealand successful were as follows:

* a “stable democratic” country

* a stable currency

* stable interest rates offering a real return to investors, ie. in excess of inflation.

* relatively cheap labour?

* liberal labour laws, however with a sufficiently strong trade union movement to protect workers.

* most importantly, various investment incentives, such as tax abatements and a lower company tax rate.

* very low import and export tariffs – making it a competitive environment in which to do business.

* removal of government subsidies on virtually all industries.


New Zealand has been particularly successful in attracting investment from the “tiger” economies of South-east Asia, eg. Malasia, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan and Indonesia.

Though tiny, it is a productive efficient economy with increased exports; though deregulation and privatisation has meant some loss of jobs (especially in the civil service).

I hope that these thoughts may be of interest for what it is worth, although I realise that South Africa has it’s unique problems.

So said Mr Ishmail Pahad, Foreign Minister of South Africa to the delegation of foreign visitors and businessmen.

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“The Zimbabwean people deserve a lasting democratic settlement, that will bring reform, economic recovery and stability. We look forward to seeing the full details of the agreement. announced yesterday by President Mbeki.”

About the Author:

Craig is currently “working” on ‘Endless Possibilities’ – true inspiring stories of the human condition in overcoming seemingly impossible odds.

The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at: and

“Together, one mind, one soul at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, empower, encourage and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials. Change YOUR world and you help change THE world.”

“It’s in OUR Hands to Give Peace a Chance”

December 18, 2009

rainbow picture from billArticle Title: It’s in OUR Hands to Give Peace a Chance”
Author: Phwaye Aye
Shared (with permission) by: Craig Lock
Category/Key Words: Peace, Possibilities for Peace, Inspiration, Phwaye Aye, Hope, Dream, Believe
Other Articles are available at: +
(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig!).

Publishing Guidelines:
All my articles may be freely published, electronically or in print.
(If this article is published, please acknowledge the source, Phwaye Aye and the New Zealand Herald (College Herald), thanks)

Submitter’s Note:

I came across these most uplifting words by a young New Zealand student… and they fitted perfectly into the book I’m working on and the central themes of the manuscript Though you may perhaps see these writings through the eyes of words inspired by the “idealism of youth”, far removed from the “realpolitik” of todays world, I think they have real merit and are beautifully written with much feeling and passion. So here is an extract from Phwaye’s powerful and inspiring article, that I’m sharing (with Phway’s permission). Enjoy…


The world is full of horror, because we do nothing to end it writes PHWAY AYE…

For generations, it has been the aching dream of humanity. Marked on the face of every man and every woman, it has been a search so powerful, it defined humanity’s very existence. Driven by our moral and spiritual obligations, it has been a search towards which millions have turned their hearts and souls. This has been our search for world peace.

From the beginning, the human race has always questioned the possibility of a peaceful world, rid of war, violence and poverty. We dreamed of a world, so composed, it embraced its diversities, settled on its differences and sought, day in and day out, to help all those in need.

Will this dream of a global peace ever be achievable? Will a time ever come when peace was not just a dream, but a way of life? Or is the human race condemned by nature to live in this constant throbbing search for something we were never, essentially meant to find?

A better world will not be achieved unless we take it in OUR hands to do something about it.
We can’t expect a world of peace to come about, if we are not willing to put in the effort.

We can’t deny the mistakes of the past. Neither can we fix them. But what we can do is try to understand.
Like each and every one of us, the world had to make its own mistakes. But mistakes are made to be learned from, and this is our time to learn. A better world will not be achieved, unless we take it into our hands to do something about it. We can’t expect a world of peace to come about, if we are not willing to put in the effort.

The future of humanity sits on our shoulders. Do we want our children and grandchildren
to look back on us and ask why we were so stupid? Why we didn’t realise the enormity of our mistakes? Why we sat back and watched it all pass by? The world is full of horrors; not because of those who do harm, but because of those who do nothing about it.

We cannot keep ignoring these cries. Our job isn’t to step back and keep applying new bandage after bandage to old wounds. Our job is to strip the world of its old bandages and find a way to heal those wounds.

We cannot stop the war in Iraq, feed all the children in Africa, or put an end to poverty. We cannot bring about peace and change to the world in one go. But we can work to rebuild it little by little in the small things we do in our lives. Change will only come when each of us takes responsibility for finding peace within ourselves and with the people around us.

World peace will not happen overnight. It will not happen in our lifetime, or in 20. But what we do know is that it must. In fact it is inevitable. It is only our job to CHOOSE so.

Phway Aye, Year 12. Palmerston North Girls’ High School
(extracted from an article as published in the College Herald (as part of the New Zealand Herald May 12, 2009}

“Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.”
– Albert Schweizer

About the submitter:

Craig’s mission is to help promote peace by helping others to find inner peace.
He is presently “working” on his latest work ‘Peace Lives’ – inspiring stories of endless possibilities of the indomitable human spirit, that lies within each one of us.

The various books that “Craig felt inspired to write” are available at: and http://www.myspace/writercraig.

“Let peace begin with me, let this be the moment now,
With every step I take, let this be my solemn vow,
To take each moment and live each moment in peace eternally.
Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me!”
– C. Bailey-Lloyd (“beaut words”, thanks Caroline!)

“Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.”
– Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed.”
– J. Krishnamurti Thanks, dearest mom, your spirit will live forever

“Be the change you wish to see in others. Then in changing YOUR world you help change THE world…
for the better. Peace is an idea whose time has come. ”

“Blessed are the peace-makers… because they will accumulate plenty of Frequent Flyer points.”

A Model, A Possible Template for Peace Negotiations Around the World

August 8, 2009

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South African rainbow (from

Article Title: A Model, A Possible Template for Peace Negotiations Around the World
Author Name: Craig Lock
Category (key words): “Inspiration”, peace, pursuit of peace, possibilities for peace, negotiation, peace negotiations, peace strategy, South Africa, inspirational writings.
Web Sites: and and
The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at

and his various other blogs are at Obsessive or WHAT!

“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

~ Franz Kafka

Other Articles are available at:
(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig)
Publishing Guidelines:

This piece may be freely reproduced electronically or in print. All my articles (and quotations) may be freely published. If they help at all, or make any difference in people’s lives by bringing some joy, then I’m very happy.



Out of a violent and bloody past, South Africa’s extraordinary relatively peaceful transition to democracy was a minor “miracle”… “South Africa’s ability to overcome deep divisions, to negotiate a common future and to commit itself to reconciliation and reconstruction offers new hope – not only to South Africa, but across the globe.”



Some thoughts and reflections…

Contemplating the road that my country, South Africa took, here are a few personal thoughts on A MODEL, A STRATEGY FOR PEACE (or at least a more peaceful world) … and a possible road map ahead in the “trouble spots” around the globe.

There HAS to be another, a better way than the past in other conflict-riddled countries! Diplomatic, economic and international pressure (as long as it is united), I truly believe, IS the way to resolve nearly all conflicts and can work wonders. The path to peace, I believe starts with the moral WILL to effect change towards working towards a more peaceful and prosperous future…no matter the country. And (can I begin a sentence with an ‘and’?) this PROCESS comes about little by little through coaxing at times, encouragement at other times through economic rewards, effective and consistent pressure (it can be threats – the “carrot and stick” approach), “bargaining” and most importantly, negotiation. Yes, even talking with “perceived enemies”.

So WHAT to DO?

* An initial contact and approach between adversaries (usually in secret)

* This then slowly opens channels (lines) of communication, leading to gradual acceptance by ‘ordinary’ people in “opressed, occupied and war-torn” countries.

* Use a multi-pronged approach (diverse) with many pressure points. “The “carrot and stick” approach, emphasising benefits, especially economic aid as positive reinforcement, rather than sanctions (largely ineffective as despots just “dig in” in the face of threats)… which leads to more stability. In time, the “scatter-gun” approach of ‘constructive engagement’ will naturally become way more FOCUSED.

* Leaders should see the peace process as an ongoing work in progress. Move negotiations forward in little steps through finding areas of consensus and developing these. TRY really hard!

* Even though there will inevitably be serious differences in position, work hard on narrowing these differences. In doing so a momentum to negotiations will be created. Then slowly, day by day, diligently working on the process of getting to see former adversaries and political rivals as human beings and not as terrorists on one side and “gangsters and brutal opressors” (and perhaps even the “devil”) on the other side. In so doing negotiators affirm another person’s shared HUMANITY.

* Make a commitment to your adversary to not go back in dealings. Make firm resolutions to move forward.

* Absolute COMMITMENT by ALL parties to the process of NEGOTIATION… which in due course will lead to a successful outcome… a “win-win” solution.

* Negotiating and resolving conflict takes HARD work. What is required is great effort, creativity and most importantly, IMAGINATION in solving seemingly impossible problems. Was it Einstein who once said that “imagination is more important than knowledge”? Also big doses of FLEXIBILITY and BOLDNESS. Risks have to be considered and taken…. so be brave in the face of uncertainty.

NB: Have hope, great and high, that the process WILL ultimately bear positive results and be successful to ALL parties. And so benefit ordinary citizens, as peace inevitably brings prosperity.

To end off, back to South Africa for a few concluding thoughts…

Those negotiations birthed in the distant past leading relatively peacefully to a New Democratic South Africa are more than history; they are really relevant today. Because those early contacts between former enemies in the ‘beloved country’ have perhaps formed a ‘trailblazing and imaginative template’: for these kind of talks and negotiations to provide SOLUTIONS to endemic conflicts around the globe. With fortititude, resolve and especially the political and moral WILL by our leaders, the world WILL slowly become a more peaceful and better place for ALL of us.

Craig Lock

Authors Note:

The above extract is from a new manuscript on which Craig Lock is currently “working” (or rather it’s “writing itself”). It is based on some true and inspiring tales of the indomitable human spirit, that lies within each one of us – stories of ‘Endless Possibilities’. The central theme of this new manuscript is the “ever-present great thought”… that somewhere “out there”, somehow in the future there exist endless possibilities. The ideal, the vision, the dream, is to usher in a new age to bring some more peace to a world “hell-bent” on destruction. This “story” can be read at different levels from the personal, to a national, international or “spiritual” perspective (“go as deep as you want”). And there are NO limitations to what we human beings can achieve, if we truly know WHERE we want to be. There IS a “spiritual solution” to every problem on earth.

“The greatness of a nation consists not so much in the number of it’s people or the extent of it’s territory as in the extent and justice of it’s compassion.”

– Inscription at the Horse Memorial in Port Elizabeth, for horses killed in the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902).

P.S: I am reminded of something Mahatma Gandhi’s said not long before he was assassinated: “When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible; but in the end, they always fall. Think of it, ALWAYS.”

“Love suffers long and is kind. Love does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. And now abide faith, hope, love; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13)

“There is only one thing that has power completely, and that is love. Because when a man loves, he seeks no power, and therefore he has power. Only strive for power, if it is not at the cost of other people. Power corrupts. You first have to be pure and righteous, before one can attain power. I believe that love is a greater force than power.

– Alan Paton, great South African humanitarian and author of the classic ‘Cry the Beloved Country”

“The measure of love is to love without measure.” ~ Saint Augustine

“When the world is filled with love, people’s hearts are overflowing with hope.” – craig

Craig Lock’s books and the novels on South Africa that he “felt inspired to write” , including ‘Over the Rainbow’ * are available at: and

* A look at the many colourful peoples, who make up this diverse and vibrant society, as seen through the eyes of a newspaper reporter.

Over the Rainbow


The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at

and his various other blogs are at Obsessive or WHAT!

“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

~ Franz Kafka

“YOU be the change you wish to see in others. Then in changing YOUR world you help change THE world.”