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In looking for solutions to problems, whether they be pressing societal problems or those causing minor human inconvenience, I look first to changing human attitudes and associated behaviors. This is done through education, drawing heavily on existing social infrastructure and institutions. It is in the ability of people to come together in a spirit of co-operation in an atmosphere of learning constructively from each other, sharing worldviews, articulating values and goals, and finding mutually acceptable non-technology (or soft technology) based solutions, that I put my faith and trust.  I think of pacifists as 1) opposed to using guns, war, and violence to settle disputes and 2) preferring use of non-violent means to combat wicked and evil acts rather than violence, vengeance, capital punishment, etc--and I call myself one with some hesitancy!  While I see fighting violence with more violence as both morally wrong and contradictory, and don't believe good can come out of evil, I nonetheless see merit in arguments that if evil is left unchecked, unpunished, and not countered with strong action, then more evil will result. (Note: avoiding war through diplomatic efforts--something pacifists applaud--is the ultimate attitudinal fix. )

WV Theme #47A: The Attitudinal Fix Mentality

WV Theme #47B: Pacifism

--Alternate Concise Characterization with Wikipedia Entries

--Alternate Concise Characterization with Wikipedia Entries

appreciates cognitive, emotional factors in attitude change values arms control efforts
encourages dialogue, negotiation to reach compromise prefers to exhaust all diplomacy  before considering war
values fair play, interpersonal communication, people skills accepts Non-Aggression Principle, not true Pacifist
realizes attitude polarization will not=> conflict resolution chooses non-violent resistance when others would use violence

summary Wikipedia article: Attitudinal Fix

summary Wikipedia article: Pacifism

Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 2132 Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 1122
Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index: 24 Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index: 36

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More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #47A: The Attitudinal Fix Mentality

Attitude (from online encyclopedia)
Conflict Resolution (from online encyclopedia)
Mediation (from online encyclopedia)
Diplomacy  (from online encyclopedia)
Worldview Watch issue #6: Overcoming Political Gridlock
Getting to Yes, by Fisher, Ury & Patton  (book about win-win outcomes based on Harvard Negotiation Project work)
The Evolution of Cooperation, by Robert Axelrod and Richard Dawkins (2006 revision of classic--read excerpts at Google Books)
Information on More Constructive Approaches to Difficult and Intractable Conflicts
Bridge Builders (organization devoted to "helping communities find the common ground")
Attitude Change Approach (based on Yale University work, posted on Changing Minds website)
Attitudes Drive Behavior (online for West Virginia University communications course)
"FDA Launches Teen Anti-Smoking Campaign"  by Saundra Young (report on effort to change teen attitudes, from CNN Feb 4 2014)
Search for Common Ground (organization working to transform the way the world deals with conflict)
Peacemakers Trust (Canadian organization devoted to "research and education on conflict resolution")
Conflict Transformation and Peace Building--Links
Mediate.com (website about "everything mediation": find dispute resolution professionals, articles, grad programs, etc.)
Reconceptualizing Environmental Conflict Resolution, by Emmet P. Fiske (from Washington State University)
The Strategy of Conflict by Thomas Schelling (more about this 1960 classic book about the relevance of  game theory to conflict resolution)
A Strategy for Dealing with Intractable Environmental Conflicts, by Guy Burgess & Heidi Burgess
The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (one goal to "ultimately contribute to the peaceful resolution of conflict.")
The National Center for Conflict Resolution Education
Conflict Management Skills, by Gregorio Billikopf  (from UC Berkeley website)
The Art in Peacemaking (download NEA 87 page booklet about conflict resolution education and art programs)
Sand Play Therapy (more about using this type of art to heal or resolve conflict, from the Sandplay Therapists of America website)
U.S. Institute of Peace
Changing minds.org (claims to be "the largest site in the world on all aspects of how we change one another's minds.)
Council on Foreign Relations (a non-partisan resource for information and analysis)
The Challenge of Cultural Relativism, by James Rachels (1993 essay)
Institute for Multi-track Diplomacy
Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In by R. Fisher, etal (read excerpts at Google Books)
The Evolution of God, by Robin Wright (about this 2009 book tracing the beginnings of religious tolerance)
"Chainsaw Diplomacy," by Peter Beinart (article about US foreign policy in Time March 31 2008)
Pathways to Peace (an organization devoted to peace-building) 
Buddhist Technology: Bringing a New Consciousness to Our Technological Future, by Arthur Zajonc
Biotechnology, Biopiracy, and the Mentality of Science
quotes related to diplomacy
quotes related to attitude

More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #47B: Pacifism

Anarcho-Pacifism  (from online encyclopedia)
Anti-militarism (from online encyclopedia)
Arms Control (from online encyclopedia) 
Shalom (Hebrew concept with connections to peace, well-being--from online encyclopedia)  
Peace Churches (about Christian churches founded on this, article from online encyclopedia)
Pacifism  (from Importance of Philosophy website)
Links to Organizations, Events Connected with Peace, Pacifism, Non-Violence (from US Pacifist party website)
Nonviolent Links: The Best Peace Sites on the Net (from nonviolence.org)
Global Zero (working for "a world without nuclear weapons")
Pre-emptive Strike for Peace  (Christian perspective)
The Paradox of War and Pacifism, by Mark Clark  (Christian perspective)
Pacifism and the War, by George Orwell (classic essay)
War and Pacifism  (atheist perspective)
Islam, Peace, Non-violence -- A selected Bibliography
Pacifism and Quakers
Peace and Related Social Concerns Links  (from quaker.org)
Nonviolence -- The Only Hope  (from the Gandhi Institute)
The Quest for Peace and Justice, by Martin Luther King, Jr. (classic 1964 Nobel Prize speech)
Practical Pacifism (info about book by Andrew Fiala)
A Power Governments Cannot Suppress, by Howard Zinn (2007 book, includes "Pacifism & War" chapter)
antiwar.com (source for anti-war news, viewpoints and news)
The War Resister's International Website
Just and Unjust Wars, by Michael Walzer (read excerpts of this 2000 book at Google Books)
"The Right War," by Ban Ki-moon (UN chief links peace w/ green policies in Time April 28, 2008 article)
"A Piece of Our Time," by Richard Lacayo (article celebrating the 50 year anniversary of the peace symbol)
quotes related to peace
quotes related to war and pacifism

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