A surprisingly difficult question. Much easier, especially right now, it seems: what does the absence of peace look like?

The absence of peace looks like war, terrorism, famine and disease. And so we risk defining peace as the absence of misery, rather than on its own merits.

The other day I read an interview with an acclaimed Dutch illustrator of children’s books, the late, wonderful Sieb Posthuma. Sieb thought that the key to a meaningful life was to let go of one’s fears and expectations. To accept, to live in the now, free from want.

Peace is a world guided by leaders who live a meaningful life. Can we remodel our political system to identify the Gandhis and Mandelas among us?

CERN, Geneva, 11 August 2014