peace can never exist, it will always remain an impractical abstraction, a word without true form or definition. peace has to disappear and become part of being itself. like the quote imparts, “the way is not to peace, peace is the way.” just as from the human perspective, so as to distinguish ourselves from other creatures, we say we have agency, that is, self-awareness. we don’t challenge this, we don’t think about it, we know it, we LIVE it. peace has to be experienced under these terms to happen; therefore, it will never happen.
once peace can be thought of objectively, alternatives can be considered; once the purposes for these alternatives are understood, any number of circumstances could result in any number of these purposes and thus can be used to justify an alternative (peace is much more than just the absence of war, and although its exact opposite is war, peace has more than 1 alternative, hence the use of the plural and indefinite article).
peace has to be the only thing thought of, the only choice, the origin of all thought. It must be effortless, almost an immune response to all conflict; an actual organic part of the brain that has evolved an appendage to deal with all disputes only with peace, it becomes a vital organ itself – we cannot even physically live without it. until this fantasy becomes reality, peace, particularly on a world scale, remains an impossible and unobtainable goal. For peace must be so natural, such a part of our being, it is involuntary.
however, the steps to arrive there, assuming it takes some work and isn’t some event we simply wake up into, are not things we avoid even as we come to realize this fact.