As Silo said at the Nobel Peace Laureates Summit: “As we all know, the themes of ecology and environmental protection have taken root in our societies. While some governments and certain stakeholders deny the dangers of neglecting the ecosystem, they are nonetheless being obliged to take progressive steps because of the pressure of a population increasingly concerned about the deterioration of our common home. Even our children are becoming more aware each day of the dangers of the situation. Through the media, and even in the humblest schools, attention is paid to issues of preventing environmental deterioration and no one can escape these concerns.
But we’re considerably behind this when it comes to concern over the issue of violence. What I mean is that the defence of human life and the most basic human rights have not yet taken root at a global and general level. It seems we’re still apologists for violence when it comes to arguing that it’s for defence or even ‘preventive defence’ against possible aggression. And even massive destruction of defenceless populations doesn’t seem to horrify us. Only when violence touches us in our civic life through violent crimes do we become alarmed, but we still do not stop glorifying the bad examples that poison our society and children, starting in earliest infancy.
It’s clear that both the idea and the sensibility that would provoke a profound repudiation and moral disgust that will move us away from the horrors of violence in its various forms have yet to take hold.
For our part, we will make every effort to install in the social environment the validity of the themes of Peace and Nonviolence and it’s clear that the time will come when both individual and mass reactions will be produced. That will be the moment of a radical change in our world.”