I started Richard Nixon's 1994 book, Beyond Peace.
So why is this book entitled Beyond Peace?
I'm still in the process of figuring that out. At first, I thought
that Nixon was saying that we need spirituality to fill our inner void
after we have arrived at a state of geo-political peace. In short, my
impression was that he was addressing the question of "After peace, then
what?" Nixon says that the political activism of the left and the
right cannot fulfill people's deepest needs, even were either side to
accomplish its goals for society. And yet, so far at least, the book
does not really concentrate on spirituality. Rather, like Seize the Moment,
the book contains Nixon's thoughts about what the U.S. should do about
Russia, Asia, and the Middle East. It goes more deeply into domestic
policy, however. In light of that, "Beyond Peace" seems to mean what
the U.S. should do now that we feel that we have peace, with the Cold
War being over. Nixon's point is that we cannot be complacent, but we
must take steps to preserve the peace, for there are still problems in
the world, and new problems can re-emerge.
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