The Peace Party gives people the opportunity to express their support for a radically new world based on the principle of compassion, where others are treated as we would wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion requires each one of us, to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of others and to treat everybody with love, justice, equity and respect.
The Peace Party envisages a society where peaceful conflict resolution, social and economic justice, and environmental issues are paramount. The concept of true peace is life-enhancing and rests with everyone cultivating peace and harmony among themselves and with people and their environment.
Peace has the qualities of vitality and power, heroism and fearlessness; peace is protective, nourishing and irresistible. Peace begins with each one of us. Peace enables the full development of humanity guided by the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights”.
The Peace Party:
- Promotes the resolving of disputes by means of dialogue and other well-tried techniques of conflict resolution
- Is open to ideas of all kinds in the expectation that peace and peaceful people will enhance the quality of human existence, experience and understanding
- Values & Promotes respect and friendship between all peoples
- Works for the collective interest of humankind, recognising that we are all affected by each other, that everything is interconnected
- Works for world citizenship; there can be no borders in a truly peaceful, democratic global society
- Is radical, if not revolutionary, in its views and outlook, acknowledging the true worth of everyone and celebrating diversity
- Believes in truth and transparency when developing and supporting those policies that are most thoroughly conducive to lasting worldwide and peaceful co-existence
- Works with individuals or groups that are like-minded in seeking to bring about a global peaceful society
- Considers the needs of all living things in relation to the needs of each one and the environment
The Peace Party is an independent, secular political party. It welcomes people of all religions – and of none.
VALUES AND THE PEACE PARTY
For the Peace Party, the development of a peaceful way of life by an individual or community depends on their cultivation of a whole range of values, or principles. These come from the heart & from the feelings people have about themselves and the world and the standards by which they live.
The basic value behind our programme is unconditional reverence for all life. The Peace Party embraces its unity and its integrity so that we can support, nourish and protect the richness of life on Earth and uphold the supreme worth of every being.
Life is sacred. We honour and respect it in different ways, one of which is our support for wildlife conservation programmes.
We seek to promote a compassionate world where people are patient and considerate with one another.
We believe we should care not only for each other but for our children and grand-children and future generations.
Empathy, caring about and for others, is the basis of humanity and the way in which we can identify with one another’s thoughts, hopes and fears.
In addition to empathy we value self-awareness, in addition to awareness of the needs of others and of concern about problems at a world level.
Humility, seeing others as equal to ourselves, means treating each other fairly, without discrimination or prejudice.
We value co-operation, where people cooperate generously and unselfishly, contributing towards the common good.
Kindness is one of the keys to humanity, friendship and contentment.
Belonging is the sense of being part of a family and of a whole variety of communities, from local to the global.
The foundations of truth and of honesty in our lives make for clean, open and humble government as well as the peaceful resolution of conflict.
We value tolerance, which involves accepting differences with good grace – in the way others may think, look, speak or act. Being tolerant is being free of prejudice while knowing that all people have feelings, needs, hopes and dreams. Tolerance is accepting things you may wish were different with patience and flexibility.
A VISION FOR A BETTER WORLD
A world at peace is one where everyone feels fully in control of their lives and can thus feel that they can play a full part in the life of the community. In that world power would be equally distributed making real democracy possible. All human life would be acknowledged to be of equal worth.
Progress would be measured in terms of well-being and happiness rather than by gross domestic product.
The cost of caring is great but the cost of not caring is even greater. The world we envisage would be one that is strongly caring for people and for the natural world.
We would have come to understand that non-violence is the best way of dealing with conflict. Non-violence aims to resolve conflicts through reconciliation rather than achieving victory or obtaining the spoils of triumph.
Borders would cease to be barriers in a world at peace and nations would have truly democratic institutions.
In the world envisaged no-one would be in poverty any more; systems would be in place to ensure that wealth is distributed fairly as the world contains enough for everyone’s needs.
There would be a full range of public services including social security: these would be better than anything that can be provided by private, profit-making organisations.
People would fulfil their responsibilities to help in maintaining stable and peaceful global communities and would respect and guarantee human and civil rights.
People would have learned to live in harmony with the environment; using only enough of the earth’s resources as they need.
We would have adopted all human rights, as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights.
Society would be free from oppression, discrimination and violence and would be based on the compassionate application of justice and law.
The society that has been built would have brought capital under the control of all the people. Profits would be for the benefit of all and not for private gain. In that way, there would be abundance for all.
Society is built on the principle of co-operation.