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Peace is Every
Laugh:
The role of laughter & humor
on the path to peace
Stephanie Knox Cubbon
San Diego City College
Metta...
What did the Dalai Lama say to
the hot dog vendor?
My path to peace
I am my mother’s daughter –
Peace Clown
Intentions for my talk
• Deeper understanding of peace
• Negative & positive peace
• Direct, structural & cultural violenc...
"We cannot solve our problems with
the same level of thinking that
created them.”
–Albert Einstein
7
“Sincewarsbegin intheminds ofmen, itis inthe
minds ofmenthandefenses ofpeace mustbe
constructed."
-UNESCOConstitution,1945
What is peace?
What is peace?
Earth Charter definition
Peace is the “wholeness created by right
relationships to oneself, other persons,
other cultures,...
What is violence?
“An avoidable insult to human needs” Johan Galtung, 1969
“…actions, words, attitudes, structures or syst...
Negative and positive peace
• Negative peace – the absence of direct (physical) violence
• Positive peace – the absence of...
What is a culture of peace?
“The Culture of Peace is a set of values,
attitudes, modes of behaviour and
ways of life that ...
Culture of War vs. Culture of Peace
– Adams/UNESCO
What do you call a food fight
with Gandhi?
Naan-violence ;)
Nonviolence as our greatest
potential as human beings
“Nonviolence is the greatest
force at the disposal of
humanity.”
-Ga...
What is nonviolence?
Etymology
• From the original Sanskrit, ahimsa: अह िंसा
a = non
himsa = the desire to harm
ahimsa = t...
(Principled) Nonviolence
“Nonviolence means avoiding not only the external physical
violence, but also the internal violen...
Constructive & Obstructive
From the Metta Center for Nonviolence: www.mettacenter.org
Conflict escalation curve
www.mettacenter.org
Gandhi on humor
Making the connection…
• Inner peace
• Interpersonal peace
• Intercultural understanding
• Conflict resolution
• Nonviolen...
Laughter & Inner Peace
Laughter and Interpersonal
Peace
Laughter and Intercultural Peace: “If we
can laugh together, we can live together.”
-Ray Hanania, Israeli/Palestinian come...
Humor as Nonviolent Resistance
Otpor! Serbian movement to overthrow Slobodan
Milosevic, 2000
Humor as conflict resolution
• Conflict generator
• Process tool (dialogue, mediation, negotiation)
• Healing
• Relationsh...
But…humor can fan the flames
of conflict
Charlie Hebdo memorial,
Paris, January 2015
Kenyan election violence, 2007
How can YOU promote peace
through laughter and humor?
Thank you!
Contact:
stephknox24@gmail.com
education@mettacenter.org
facebook.com/stephanie.cubbon
@stephaniecubbon
Metta C...
Peace Is Every Laugh: The Role of Laughter and Humor on the Path to Peace
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Peace Is Every Laugh: The Role of Laughter and Humor on the Path to Peace

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This presentation gives the foundation of peace and nonviolence theory and explores the connections between humor, laughter and peace. Presented at the Humor Academy peace lunch at the Association for Applied Therapeutic Humor in Philadelphia, PA.

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Peace Is Every Laugh: The Role of Laughter and Humor on the Path to Peace

  1. 1. Peace is Every Laugh: The role of laughter & humor on the path to peace Stephanie Knox Cubbon San Diego City College Metta Center for Nonviolence AATH Peace Lunch May 28, 2015
  2. 2. What did the Dalai Lama say to the hot dog vendor?
  3. 3. My path to peace
  4. 4. I am my mother’s daughter – Peace Clown
  5. 5. Intentions for my talk • Deeper understanding of peace • Negative & positive peace • Direct, structural & cultural violence • Culture of peace • Nonviolence • Connections Between humor/laughter & peace • What you can do to promote peace
  6. 6. "We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.” –Albert Einstein 7
  7. 7. “Sincewarsbegin intheminds ofmen, itis inthe minds ofmenthandefenses ofpeace mustbe constructed." -UNESCOConstitution,1945
  8. 8. What is peace?
  9. 9. What is peace?
  10. 10. Earth Charter definition Peace is the “wholeness created by right relationships to oneself, other persons, other cultures, other life, Earth, and the larger whole of which all are a part.”
  11. 11. What is violence? “An avoidable insult to human needs” Johan Galtung, 1969 “…actions, words, attitudes, structures or systems that cause physical, psychological, social or environmental damage and/or prevent people from reaching their full human potential.” Fisher et al., 2000 Key characteristics: Dehumanization, Separation Direct: Physical violence, war Cultural: Beliefs, values Types of Violence Structural: Racism, poverty
  12. 12. Negative and positive peace • Negative peace – the absence of direct (physical) violence • Positive peace – the absence of structural (& direct) violence and the presence of human rights, equality, social justice, dignity, ecological sustainability Negative Peace Culture Positive Peace Structure
  13. 13. What is a culture of peace? “The Culture of Peace is a set of values, attitudes, modes of behaviour and ways of life that reject violence and prevent conflicts by tackling their root causes to solve problems through dialogue and negotiation among individuals, groups and nations." UN Resolutions A/RES/52/13: Culture of Peace, and A/RES/53/243, Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace
  14. 14. Culture of War vs. Culture of Peace – Adams/UNESCO
  15. 15. What do you call a food fight with Gandhi?
  16. 16. Naan-violence ;)
  17. 17. Nonviolence as our greatest potential as human beings “Nonviolence is the greatest force at the disposal of humanity.” -Gandhi
  18. 18. What is nonviolence? Etymology • From the original Sanskrit, ahimsa: अह िंसा a = non himsa = the desire to harm ahimsa = the absence of the desire to harm positive = love-in-action
  19. 19. (Principled) Nonviolence “Nonviolence means avoiding not only the external physical violence, but also the internal violence of the spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.” – MLK Jr.
  20. 20. Constructive & Obstructive From the Metta Center for Nonviolence: www.mettacenter.org
  21. 21. Conflict escalation curve www.mettacenter.org
  22. 22. Gandhi on humor
  23. 23. Making the connection… • Inner peace • Interpersonal peace • Intercultural understanding • Conflict resolution • Nonviolent resistance • Challenges
  24. 24. Laughter & Inner Peace
  25. 25. Laughter and Interpersonal Peace
  26. 26. Laughter and Intercultural Peace: “If we can laugh together, we can live together.” -Ray Hanania, Israeli/Palestinian comedy tour
  27. 27. Humor as Nonviolent Resistance Otpor! Serbian movement to overthrow Slobodan Milosevic, 2000
  28. 28. Humor as conflict resolution • Conflict generator • Process tool (dialogue, mediation, negotiation) • Healing • Relationship building • Social protest Zelizer, Craig (2010). “Laughing Our Way to Peace or War: Humor and Peacebuilding” [online article] Journal of Conflictology. Vol. 1, Iss. 2. Campus for Peace, UOC.
  29. 29. But…humor can fan the flames of conflict Charlie Hebdo memorial, Paris, January 2015 Kenyan election violence, 2007
  30. 30. How can YOU promote peace through laughter and humor?
  31. 31. Thank you! Contact: stephknox24@gmail.com education@mettacenter.org facebook.com/stephanie.cubbon @stephaniecubbon Metta Center for Nonviolence www.mettacenter.org

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