The struggle for peace in an ever changing political climate is constantly relevant. The slogan “Make Love, Not War” first appeared during the 1960′s at the heat of the Vietnam War, but similar slogans such as “Make Peace Not War” have cropped up with equal fervor, both from individuals who are at the forefront of the anti-war movement, and those who are open to exploring other options besides war to accomplish things.
The “Make Peace, Not War” slogan is simplistic in its meaning, yet powerful in its resonance. It has been present in pop culture through films, books and television. Additionally, it is commonly seen on articles of clothing and jewelry. There are numerous options for a person to display this slogan through their clothing choices, depending on if they want to show the slogan boldly, or in a quieter manner.
There are also several organizations who are intent upon spreading the slogan through videos and compact disc releases. The popularity of websites such as YouTube, combined with the fact that most digital cameras and cell phones have the capability to record video make it easier than ever for pro-peace activists to show their point of view in a way that is engaging and memorable, then broadcast it to the world at large.
Finally, there are a growing number of merchants who strive to specialize in selling items that promote a theme of peace as opposed to war. Street vendors and well-known store chains alike have been known to sell items with a “Make Peace, Not War” theme. Some websites even teach the public how to make their own crafts at home, all featuring a message of peace for all.
It is clear that the message of peace rising above war is far from an idealism that was only present in the 1960′s. Rather, its tenacious spirit and positive message will continue to live on indefinitely.