"Today’s economic mechanisms promote inordinate consumption, yet it is evident that unbridled consumerism combined with inequality proves doubly damaging to the social fabric. Inequality eventually engenders a violence which recourse to arms cannot and never will be able to resolve. This serves only to offer false hopes to those clamouring for heightened security, even though nowadays we know that weapons and violence, rather than providing solutions, create new and more serious conflicts. Some simply content themselves with blaming the poor and the poorer countries themselves for their troubles; indulging in unwarranted generalizations, they claim that the solution is an “education” that would tranquilize them, making them tame and harmless. All this becomes even more exasperating for the marginalized in the light of the widespread and deeply rooted corruption found in many countries – in their governments, businesses and institutions – whatever the political ideology of their leaders."
"Peace isn’t just in our words, our politics or our theology. Peace is in our spirit. Peace is a presence in our lives that allows us not to be moved by the tribulations we see and feel all around us, while taking that testimony and multiplying it out to the person next to us. It is a weapon of mass possibility. It may not be tangible, and there may not be a methodology that can simply be reproduced behind it, but it can be carried."