“PEACETIME” - An “App” for Everyone in the World
Virtually everyone experiences negative thoughts and feelings toward others we encounter in our lives. Painfully often, sometimes brutally so, these lead to falling-outs (at a minimum) or, at worst, to hostile behaviors between individuals - including from ourselves, or from people we trusted and with whom we were close.
“Peacetime” is a breakthrough and fun mobile application that functions as an olive branch any person can extend to anyone else. It creates two things: (1) an invitation for reconciliation, and (2) a venting system that allows for safe release of negative emotions before they become embedded in our subconscious fabric and sour into a poison drip in our wellbeing.
“Peacetime” takes account of the complexity of human emotions and ego, and the intricacies of peaceful resolutions. It also opens the door for creatively amusing ways to reconcile.
Let’s start with the premise that conflict and reactiveness is embedded in the world. Therefore, undoing that knot is one of the life challenges of each individual – and a giant challenge for society as a whole.
Fortunately, we live in an epoch time of human development when as a species we have created fantastic (though greatly underutilized) tools for resolving conflict. “Peacetime” will complement these tools - and do so as a very practical platform, one that’s easily adaptable by everyone with a mobile phone.
With the potential to become one of the world’s most widely used mobile applications.
Imagine a universally-accepted App that allows one person to send a request for peace to another person. This would be an App which recognizes that difficult situations with others are to be undone patiently – and sometimes humorously – like a knot that must be loosened up before coming undone. It would incorporate that understanding in its design, wording and presentation system.
“Peacetime” keeps it simple by being a poke for peace. It intelligently creates a potential opening for reconciliation by not asking for too much at the outset. Instead, it allows a person to send a request to make peace just once to another person.
The recipient receives the request on the App and on email, and then has the option to reply Yes or No or Maybe or Try Me Later or Never… or to ignore the request and save it for future consideration.
And has another option: The recipient can ask the sender if he/she would take on a challenge to demonstrate the sincerity and seriousness of their intention, such as asking to donate or volunteer to a specific cause.
Or, going further, challenges that are more creative and fun, such as belting out a song in a public space, and posting the video on “Peacetime.” Maybe even bungie jumping, parachuting for the first time, or whatever funny or illuminating and creative action the recipient will conceive and the sender will agree to.
However, should the parties feel they need help moving forward, “Peacetime will refer them to website tools developed by others that provide practical modern methods for moving through mutual reactions to each other and into resolution.
We all have special people in our lives we may at some point be ready to reach out to. By keeping it fun and simple, “Peacetime” makes it easy to do so while allowing for the reality that reconciliation of serious breaks can take time before there is an emotional window to move forward.
Another major branding tool for “Peacetime” will be to promote the concept of an annual Peace Day equivalent to Earth Day in which individuals are encouraged to gather in specific “suggested-by-Peacetime” public places such as popular local parks or beautiful and familiar outdoor spaces.
A day of celebration (perhaps September 21 each year), Peace Day will be an enticement to use the “Peacetime” App to reach out to someone from the past and to encourage friends (directly and through social media) also to seek to make peace with a certain person, just as Facebook recommends that two named individuals become Facebook friends.
Artists, musicians, public figures and those organizations which teach personal and societal reconciliation tools can be expected to gravitate to these gatherings, adding to both the celebratory feeling and the purposefulness and usefulness of the events.
“Peacetime” would be promoted as also extending to groups. For example, fans of a sports team making peace with fans of a rival team in a fun way. Or immigrants from ethnic groups at war abroad with a different ethnic group, making peace with their opposites from another country. And so on.
Over time, “Peacetime” can gradually become part of the culture, with wider implications for our time. Peace is clearly a great cause that sorely needs attention - along with a radical change in attitude by most of us. “Peacetime” can’t create a perfect peace when conflict seems hardwired in our brains, but can help forward practical peace, using our hearts.
A practical peace means having an easy way to offer generosity, trust and forgiveness that helps alleviate the emotional pain that underpins conflict. It also means being guided to workable modern practices for resolving conflicts non-violently - learning the skills and attitudes to live together harmoniously.
And it all can start with small gestures we make to each other, such as a request via the “Peacetime” App.