PEACE EDUCATION - TIME TO CALL A SPADE A SPADE
– Geoffrey West, Masters, Peace Education, UN-mandated University for Peace, Class of 2006
FULL DISCLOSURE: This commentary is not praise for the profession of 'peace' education. It is a plea for serious self-reflection. What I share here should only be read by those who have the capacity critical self-reflection and reflection of the profession. Some may choose to feel 'hurt' or 'threatened' by my comments. So be it. I wish to emphasize this point: ALL THE PEACE EDUCATORS I ONCE KNEW PERSONALLY ARE WONDERFUL HUMAN BEINGS AND BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE! I need to be VERY clear on this. I am sincere in this, even though they all have chosen to discard what I tried to share over twelve years ago, and ostracize me in the process. Spiritually-speaking, I have come to understand both the 'bigger picture' of global events: the truths that are currently exploding around the world to validate everything I tried to share years ago, and I am able to see this in relation to the 'BIGGER, bigger picture' - the human journey of awakening, through this period of darkness that is beginning to disappear and put this into the context of 'peace' that is finally becoming understood around the world.
In 2006, while doing my Masters degree in Peace Education, I made four very bold predictions:
1. There would be a global financial collapse. I was expecting it to begin around 2008-2009, and it did begin...with the collapse of Lehman Brothers. Unfortunately, there was not enough public awareness or resistance to carry it through, and the controllers of humanity and the planet were able to 'kick the can' down the road a few years to 2016. At this time, EVERYTHING is starting to get exposed - all the things I spoke and wrote about in 2005-2007 and so so much more that I have been researching since then.
2. There was going to be an explosion in the 'truth movement' (the 'bigger picture); an awakening of the masses around the world that would begin to expose the lies, frauds, and crimes being committed by leaders around the world, as well as bankers, lawyers, judges, law enforcement, media, religion and more. These the crimes against humanity and our planet.
3. There was going to be a 'spiritual' awakening of people worldwide to understand the larger meaning of everything that was happening and why. (the 'BIGGER, bigger picture')
4. There was also going to be a growing global push for the disclosure of civilizations beyond Earth that have been interacting with at least some world governments and also a push to release the massive amounts of suppressed/militarized non-Earth technologies that could transform our planet.
All four have now come true.
The peace educators I used to know personally ARE NOT 'bad', nor are they 'wrong'. They have unfortunately, allowed themselves to be led into an illusion, and they were either unable or unwilling to do the necessary reflection and critical analysis of a profession that has only been used as a facade, to carry on the illusion that people and organizations are working for peace in the world.
It is my hope and creation that, by sharing this, perhaps some peace educators will begin to address the profession in a way to bring the change that is urgently needed at this time! It is the very same illusion that has been perpetrated upon humanity so they are not alone. ALL humans have been deceived..for this entire lifetime, and arguably much longer.
I say this with the greatest love and compassion I can: Peace Education owes it to humanity to stand up for peace by questioning all the people and institutions that have hindered and prevented peace.
Twelve years ago, I closed the multinational, corporate aspect of my life. Even though I had a high salary, with six weeks vacation and good benefits, I was fed up with the illusion of what I was a part of, and I knew that my path was to do something different, that could be more meaningful, not only to me personally, but also to humanity, our planet and the future generations.
I had an idea and a vision for peace, and it was my belief that I could find validation for this vision at the UN-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. I was directed to apply my vision to the Peace Education program in particular, so I chose this program. I spent the year dedicating myself to the validation of my vision as I worked on my Masters thesis. My degree is proof that my vision has validity. Yet no one within the field of 'peace' education acknowledges this validity - because it represents a threat to the profession that provides the income, the prestige, the retirement pension, the recognition they need, or more.
Upton Sinclair: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”
The pattern became predictable during my year at UPEACE. With each new class, I would ask very similar questions, and my classmates had a hard time understanding my resistance to the status quo, by challenging professors on various points, and presenting the evidence of things that I was seeing unfold in the world at that time. Even then, I was very much ahead of my time. By the time my course had finished at UPEACE on year later, I had been ostracized by many of my classmates and even by the university itself. The thing that I had discovered, was apparently the one thing that the university administration did not want me to discover.
The University for Peace, like so many 'so-called' institutions for peace, was not truly interested in global peace at all. They were only interested in the BUSINESS of peace.
Leaders of our world proudly claim to 'want peace' or they will 'bring peace' to the world; negotiators claim to 'negotiate peace'; researchers claim to 'measure or quantify peace'; academics claim to 'study peace' and institutions claim to 'teach peace'. Eleven years ago, by the time I finished at UPEACE, I saw that the profession known as 'peace education', is a mere facade for the glorification of claiming to work for something, while demonstrating very little, if any, true understanding of why there is not peace in our world at this time.
Twelve years later, some professors from UPEACE and some students, have achieved their respective degrees of success, by finding well-paid jobs within institutions alleging to work for peace; others are fortunate enough to give lectures at educational institutions; while others still create research works on various topics. Some may have found ‘honourable’ work a NGO’s believing they are contributing to ‘democracy’ for example – only to find out how the same institution has participated in the destabilization of a country, like Ukraine for example, but also many, many other countries whose leaders were demonized, because they would not adhere to US/western hegemony, led by the western model of fiat currency, fractional-reserve banking and protected by the criminally-fraudulent system of Admiralty Law – a judicial/legal system of COMMERCIAL RULES that have been given the force of ‘law’, without the informed, democratic consent of the people upon whom this system has been forced.
Twelve years later, it has become more than abundantly clear that 'peace education' is a glorified, but very failed product of its own illusion. It would appear that those connected to this profession have not understood the wise words that have been credited to Albert Einstein when he stated that a problem cannot be solved from within the same line of thinking from which the problem came. What Einstein was saying, therefore, is that IF one hopes to resolve the issue of 'global peace', then one is going to have to approach the solution from outside of the box of thinking that does not want peace in the world. Despite claims made by so many, there can and never will be peace in our world, as long as conflict and war remain more profitable than peace.
I was fortunate to learn this very quickly..or maybe I always knew it at some level. Peace Educators are human, and thus like humans, dislike having their systems of belief shattered, let alone challenged. It has been said that "Most people do not want the truth - what they want is the reassurance that what they happen to believe, is the truth." I discovered this during my year at UPEACE. Twelve years ago, I had a pretty good idea of what was not working in the world, and I had a pretty good idea of what the solutions were. Yet, no one was interested. Here I was, surrounded by natural beauty, in an institution claiming to be recognized as an educational institution for peace; surrounded by 'so-called' established people in the fields of peace; and surrounded by students from around the world eager to learn about this very vague word called 'peace'.
Part of what my research established is that there is no, broadly-accepted, holistic definition for this word 'peace'. Therefore, what is it that leaders are claiming; what is it that negotiators are claiming; what is it that researchers are claiming; what is it that academics and institutions are claiming when they claim to 'want peace'? The next questions that I might ask are : "For whom is this claim of peace being made, and who stands to profit from these claims for peace?" It has been said that "if peace was profitable for the elites of the world, we would have had it by now". Twelve years after leaving UPEACE, this statement has significantly greater truth to it than most can even BEGIN to comprehend, and it is something that the profession of peace education has been in denial of.
'Academics' present their papers and their research, and it all looks wonderful on paper. They receive funding from institutions that in turn receive funding from individuals and corporations that get their profit and power from the exact opposite of that which they are funding. It is an illusion these institutions use, to appear to be doing something good for the world, while in reality doing the exact opposite because it is more profitable.
Peace educators, requiring validation for their work and their egos, joyfully receive the funding without even questioning from where the funding came. They joyfully give and receive validations of each others' work as though a document can REALLY make a difference. It does not. Even when I arrived at UPEACE, I was beginning to see the pattern of corruption in the world, and I had put some of the pieces together. The more I worked on my thesis, and the more deeply I looked into the reasons why we do not have peace in our world, I saw that this rabbit hole was even deeper than I knew. I continued to venture down this rabbit hole, while my classmates, professors and others stayed safely out of the rabbit hole. I knew a lot back then, but twelve years later, I can now see that, even what I knew back then, was NOTHING compared to what I now understand about the forces controlling our planet, and enslaving humanity for profit, power, greed and control.
There are two illusions that have trapped peace educators, and this can be best explained by a few quotes from unknown sources: 1. "The system will not provide an education that will overthrow its own system." and 2. The same quote from above: "Most people do not want the truth - what they want is the reassurance that what they happen to believe, is the truth."
Peace Educators are so attached to the idea that they are doing something good in the world, that they are unable and unwilling to see how they have become the antithesis of that for which they are claiming to support.
Peace Education CANNOT be taught within a system that profits from conflict and war UNLESS that same 'peace education' teaches people how to critically question the governance, the banking and legal structures and the military/industrial complex along with their puppets, that prevent peace.
Within the UPEACE community, I was increasingly ostracized, because I was willing to critically question all the structures of human control and enslavement and why Peace Education was not addressing the issue. Not wanting to acknowledge this 'elephant in the room', I basically became a 'persona non grata' after graduation. Not particularly honourable, for people, and institution, and a profession claiming to teach peace, inclusivity, tolerance and respect.
Along with tens of thousands of other awakened people who do not have a Masters degree in 'Peace' Education, I have learned how and who, to critically question, and they are paying the price by being demonized, ridiculed and rejected from employment and social/professional circles simply because they see what 'peace educators' do not want to see or acknowledge.
There is one thing I am prepared to admit however. Having the benefit of looking back now, I could have maybe found another way to 'soften the blow', so people would not react so defensively. However, I was as passionate about what I knew and wanted to share, as everyone else was. Everything happened the way it did for a reason, and I do not blame anyone, nor do I judge anyone. I choose to remain grateful for it all, for it revealed a very important lesson that I needed for my service to humanity and the planet.
My life, for example, has been dedicated to exploring the truth of the human condition on this planet, and I am still far from having the whole picture. THAT is how bad the system of lies and frauds has been through this lifetime. I have devoted five years to my newscast to inform people of what is not working in the world, while offering meaningful solutions to create global change, while ALSO peacefully resisting the structures of enslavement that prevent TRUE global peace. I receive no appreciation, accolades, validation or invitations to speak at peace symposia from former professors or classmates.
I do not do what I do for ‘praise’ or accolades – although I am extremely grateful when my listeners appreciate what I share and support my work with donations -- nor do I do what I do for a retirement pension. I have no retirement pension.
My PURPOSE in doing what I do – is to create a day when I no longer have to do this work – because our world will be healthier, happier, peaceful and abundant for ALL HUMANS, and not just a selected group of elites. Then I can tell the children of the world that I stood up for their future, and actually mean it.
Unfortunately, those in the peace education field will dismiss my remarks, and say that I am just jealous and bitter because others are more successful than I am. From their perspective, that may be true - they have been more 'successful'. So it comes down then to the definition of 'success'. If 'success' means having been brainwashed into believing that one is making a difference in the world, and getting a nice salary, and global prestige without critically questioning why peace is not present in the world --- they can have it. I do not yearn for that kind of success. It is not honourable to me personally.
By the standards of those same people, I might be considered a 'failure'... yet I receive constant validation from many listeners that I am on the right path, and even if I am not getting everything right 100% of the time, I am not professing to be in truth, and I encourage people to critically question even ME.
There are so many who have no degrees at all who understand 'peace'; what's wrong with our planet; who's responsible for it, and things that we can do about it - even more than I think I know. They do not receive accolades and validations from people to boost their CV or their ego's. They simply serve, with humility and compassion.
A true peace educator, upon very critical self-reflection, might begin to ask why. "Why is it that everyone is claiming to want peace and that so many are willing to spend money on peace-oriented programs but we still have so much conflict and separation in the world?"
'Democracy' has been an illusion; 'freedom' within countries is an illusion. North Americans especially have been indoctrinated with the belief that they are 'free'. WE ARE NOT FREE. There is almost nothing a North American can do, without government permission. I believe the same to be true in all European and western-influenced/controlled countries.
Without government permission, we cannot: 1. Be born; 2. Receive healthcare; 3. Get a job; 4. Get married; 5. Eat food; 6. Drive a car; 7. Own a gun; 8. Go fishing; 9. Operate a boat; 10. Start a business; 11. Take drugs; 12. Fly on a commercial plane; 13. Travel to another country; and we cannot even DIE without government permission.
This is just a small sample of the BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS that have been stripped from humans and commercially sold back to them as PRIVILEGES. This is neither ‘freedom’ nor is it ‘peace’. It is an illusion conveniently marketed and sold around the world.
The ROOT cause of ALL conflict in the world - from global to personal - comes down to ENERGY - and a competition to control and manipulate the energies of those around us. Every human uses tactics that James Redfield ('The Celestine Prophecy') calls 'control dramas', and Eckhart Tolle ('The Power Of Now') calls 'pain bodies'. When something does not go our way, we consicously and subconsciously resort to these dramas to get control of the people that one wishes to control.
My LIFE-path has been to critically question while asking the questions that no one else has chosen to ask. I share this, in the same way all other peace educators share their 'truth'. Fortunately or unfortunately, I had the blessing/curse of learning and knowing this much earlier than most of humanity. This has been changing rapidly since 2005 and even now, people are starting to see all the things that are now being exposed, and who has been behind it, and why.
Again, spiritually-speaking, it was my choice to wake up over two decades ago. Others woke up much earlier, and others are only waking up now. There would be no human journey if all humans woke up at the same time. The spiritual journey has been for people to follow their path, until they choose not to follow it, and choose something else more meaningful and LIFE-honouring. There is no ‘right’ nor ‘wrong’, ‘good’ nor ‘bad’ to this journey. I simply followed my heart, when I was called to follow it. All humans are given the same choice. Peace Educators have had to play their roles, but hopefully a few of them began to see what the real game was about. Every human offers lessons and choices for every other human one comes into contact with.
In this sense, I am no more, nor am I any less important than any other human. Every human’s role is uniquely different AND equally beautiful! It is merely a question of whether or not one is truly honouring oneself in the choices that one is making.
There is a VERY SIMPLE SOLUTION that can transform almost EVERY country into a healthy, self-sustaining entity. It is a solution that can create hundreds of thousands of green jobs and I believe that any country can become self-sustaining within three years! People could be healthier, happier and living more peacefully on a clean, pristine planet. One solution is HEMP. Why is Peace Education not teaching people how to ‘feed themselves’? This is because hemp has been criminalized due to the threat it represents to Big Oil, Big Pharma and Big Medicine. It is a solution that creates healthy abundance for all, and thus people will no longer have reasons to hate or steal from others.
Peace Educators however will not challenge the status quo, because, again, they are dependent upon the payouts from controlled institutions to perpetuate the illusion of doing good, while doing nothing at all. Hemp matures in less than FOUR MONTHS. 1 acre of hemp can, for example, produce as much paper as 2-4 acres of trees. Trees do not have be destroyed! A whole new textile industry, construction industry and so much more can be created. But few people are choosing to stand up for humanity and the planet and instead choose to remain comfortably ignorant and content that they at least have a job – even if it means sacrificing one’s morals and ethics in the process.
I walked away from journalism in the ‘90’s because I would not play their game. I figured out what the media was up to, immediately after graduation from Radio and Television at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. I immediately figured out what ‘peace education’ was about, immediately after graduating from UPEACE. I am now able to share my work, my message and my vision on my terms, without it being corrupted by corporate interests vested in the need to keep conflict in the world.
Peace will not manifest while there are still people controlling the global structures that profit from conflict, war, separation, and fear.
IF Peace Education is not willing to take on this advocacy – to educate people to begin critically questioning the leaders and the structures/systems that enslave us, while also teaching people solutions how to make themselves and their communities self-sustaining, then it is a failed profession. It is a profession wasting money trying to put out a fire that will NEVER get put out, as long as the ROOT SOURCE of the global fires are not FIRST extinguished.
Thankfully, the world is now finally becoming more aware of this, and I am SO VERY GRATEFUL to the thousands of courageous souls who have had the courage to question, challenge and peacefully resist the structures of global human enslavement and planetary destruction, for profit, power and control.