Social activism, humanitarianism, giving to charities, volunteering, supporting alternative media and investigative journalism make up a lifestyle. Most people who embrace this lifestyle are compassionate, altruistic people. In essence their lifestyle promotes and realizes peace. Thousands of businesses un the U.S. are already joining forces and building strong cooperatives, community support groups and direct assistance to all citizens in need. Huge numbers of businesses are changing their business models to give more shared responsibility to their coworkers and add sustainability to their priorities. What is under way is a metamorphosis that is taking so many forms but has yet to be defined for what it simply is: this is the evolution of peace, or is the true coming of peace and is powered by each single individual, not by institutions.
To separate from the former anti war peace movement of the 60s-70s, we would like to reframe this lifestyle as "Repeace". All the actions and trends listed above are "Repeacing" and we want to use a branded idea to help all humans re-connect and identify with it. Symbols or brands are the easiest way to translate the global demand of accountability and associate that demand with peace. Symbols and Arts have the power transcend one word or one attitude.
A lifestyle is the ultimate social force and one can see a prime example in the lifestyle of "exercise and dieting". Exercise and dieting are a trend that is subordinated to the higher ideal of "health", and health is an ideal that evolves depending on new discoveries of food science, supplements, social habits, medicine and more.
There is no purpose or benefit in continuing to look at the concept of peace and think that the way we have approached it up until now will deliver any results. Maybe it is because we weren’t able to identify with an idea that unites us and leaves the action and the promotion of peace in our hands, not the hands of corrupted bureaucrats. For one, we have to tell the U.S. government, NATO, and the UN, that what they are doing to promote peace is a complete failure, and we have to be assertive and bold about letting them know that the means and policies they keep applying -including their total spying and surveillance of the entire population to promote what they think is the peace we wish to have- are massively rejected, and we will not stand for those policies.
The demand, expected to be global and of a size never seen before, will literally change the rule of the game of what our governments call democracy. Repeace wants to empower the people of each nation by uniting them and set new standards of responsibility in politics. Instead of going out in the streets and getting beaten up, intimidated, arrested, and/or hurt by rubber bullets shot by law enforcement officials who don't have the courage to refuse unjust orders, every single nation will create its own set of demands, spelled inside three self-empowering, pro active, positive commitments (pledges), inspired by the values that are currently hot and which are shaping the true promotion of peace.
Most of our governments try to sell us this idea that terrorism has to be fought with total surveillance, invasion of privacy, foreign drone killing campaigns, and that the earnings of the top fraction of super rich people deserve to be protected at any cost, even if 13 million children in the U.S. alone are starving. Their irresponsible and horrible lies and fear tactics are amplified by the corporate owned mass media who has completely lost it’s ethical compass.
As a renewed vision of peace and justice, Repeace, will be promoted via a national and a global demand for responsibility and accountability that is clearly expressed and has to be repeated and echoed in the current populist message "We want accountable politicians" (we want money out of politics!). Each nation's front page of Repeace will measure this demand with 3 counters and the demand will produce an offer, according to the basic laws of economics.
This revolutionary approach to protesting will jump over the traditional legislative process and produce a new wave of accountable politicians and make existing ones adapt (or resign and be replaced). Businesses and politicians will have no choice but respond to the massive demand and compete for public support, patronage and votes, based on how well they will comply with the demand of the masses. In a twisted set of events, the so much feared “New World Order” could be literally happen, but under slightly different circumstances, because the people of all nations could literally jump over the obstacle of a rigged and corrupted system and completely change the rules of the game. The new rules of the game of Democracy will look no different than what they were always meant to be, but for once they will make things work for all and not just for a small fraction of society.