Are human beings naturally violent, or naturally peaceful? Author Paul K. Chappell tackles this topic during his presentation, World Peace Is Possible, on Saturday, April 18, 2:00 p.m. at the Dayton Metro Library, 215 E. Third Street downtown.
Chappell has a unique perspective on the subject of war. A graduate of West Point and an Iraq War veteran, he now serves as Peace Leadership Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. He's the author of the Road to Peace series, the most recent of which is The Art of Waging Peace.
"The right tools for solving disputes within our community are precision instruments such as reason, communication, empathy, curiosity, and understanding," Chappell says. "They are also the right tools for building a global civilization of peace and prosperity."
In his books and lectures, Chappell examines the causes of aggression and violence, myths that perpetuate war, and why peace activists should be as highly trained in the art of waging peace as soldiers are to wage war. Unafraid of addressing big subjects, Chappell says, "To survive as a global family we must offer people a more fulfilling vision of what it means to be human."
Chappell is in town to promote the Peace Heroes Walk on May 2, a joint project of the Dayton International Peace Museum and NCCJ. Details at peaceheroeswalk.org. The Library program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Dayton Metro Library at (937) 463-BOOK.