While presentations about paths to peace are valuable, good role models can give extra inspiration. This session touched on this topic by speaking about a nation and an individual. Ms. Cecilie Fortune, UPF-UK, was the moderator.
Professor Öyvind Tönnesson: The Norwegian government wants Norway to be a nation known for peace. The former Prime Minister started his own peace center. Peace is trendy in Norway, and this image is confirmed by outside observers. Since 1991, the Nobel Peace Prize has been the focus of the international media. The University of Oslo carried out research to analyze whether Scandinavia has its own peace tradition. Is it true that Norway has a strong peace tradition? His interesting answer is that it is myth. But it is a good myth, and it is better to live with a good myth than no one.
While Professor Tönnesson spoke of a national tradition, Tim Miller spoke on an individual tradition. His example was from the autobiography of the UPF Founder, Dr. Sun Myung Moon, As a Peace Loving Global Citizen. He spoke about how one individual could accomplish much, particularly how the meetings with Mikhail Gorbachev and Kim Il Sung could change international relations. Gorbachev opened up diplomatic relations to South Korea, and Kim Il Sung stopped the anti American propaganda and opened up for the Sunshine Policy.