If “enemies” are ready to shoot me or otherwise injure me or my loved ones, evasive or defensive action may be required. But we don’t have to call them enemies. Considering individuals, groups, nations as enemies instead of potential partners is a way of thinking that we can change. Avoiding enemy-driven thinking is a preventable disease. No More Enemies has worked for Deb Reich, a Jewish woman in Israel. It can work for all of us.
Is our war system a pre-historic disease for which there is an effective antidote, changing our attitude toward other groups and nations? We are one human family. We can choose to flourish and prosper, all together, or not. Trees can inhale carbon dioxide and exhale oxygen to give us life. We can breathe in negative experiences and breathe out love which unites us.
Not that we don’t also need to pursue better external structures like nations that can absorb diversity. And I would add an inclusive global economy, a democratic world federation, better listening and better ways of communicating. But an internal structure we can all change is our attitude.
Deb Reich’s redesign approach is taken partly from William McDonough and Michael Braungart, Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things. Instead of manufacturing products that shortly go into a landfill somewhere, we need to redesign products in ways that they can be recycled and used again. Like cradle to cradle in manufacturing, no more enemies is an imaginative, creative way of approaching our relationships.
At first No More Enemies may seem idealistic and far-fetched. Actually, it’s quite the opposite: easy to read, practical, helpful to all of us. No More Enemies is the real world. Our present world is the world of shadows, murky, cloudy, and dark. No More Enemies invites us to build a bright world of beauty, peace, and shared abundance.