A few quotes taken from Book 4: The Crown of Light
Peace is the work of a thousand hands.
Over. Under. Around. Through. There was always a Way Between.
In the Way Between, one never ran from a conflict. Nor did you attack the attacker, no matter how scared or angry you were.
Neither flight nor fight, the Way Between explores a realm of endless possibilities for navigating the conflicts of the world.
They had come from distant lands, diverse cultures, and both sides of the border. They had one thing in common: a yearning to end the cycle of violence between their peoples.
They trained as intensely as warriors, but for peace, not war. They drilled as hard, if not harder. They sweated as much, studied as deeply; ate, slept, and dreamt in the Way Between.
So much of what we think is solid fact isn't as solid as it seems. If the rumors you've been told were a frozen river, would you dare to walk across it?
We can learn from all of us, with all of us. The youngest have as much wisdom to share as the eldest.
Peace is forged not just by those strong in body, but also by those strong in heart, mind, and spirit.
It was important to confront the past, not ignore it. Only then could they begin to heal.
Too often, people assume they know the journey someone else has walked, simply because of their accent or skin color or style of dress. But we are all so much more than simple categories.
“I am from these mountains,” he said. “The bones of their minerals built my limbs. The blood of their waters flows in my veins. The secret poetry of their winds shushes through my voice.”
In the Way Between, it is not always the strongest or the quickest that are the most powerful. Sometimes the gentlest and most vulnerable are the best equipped to handle a dangerous and tricky situation.
There are a thousand ways to follow the Way Between.
The Way Between was for everyone, one-legged boys and powerful warriors, elders from the cities and young people from rural villages.
Those who have seen war and violence firsthand often know it doesn't bring peace. You can't put out a fire with more fire.
Ari Ara was a force of nature, strong as a gale-force wind, fierce as a wildfire, and as unstoppable as a flood. Already, she had changed the fate of nations.
Listening was an essential skill for the Peace Force. The work of peace required the ability to pay attention in a deep way, to not interrupt, and to hear what was said and left unsaid.
Through decades of war, battles stopped and started like thunderstorms, rolling through century after century. The local villagers had rarely lived in the clear sunlight of peace.
Conflicts simmer beneath even the most peaceful-seeming surface. It's our job to turn down the heat before it sparks an inferno and burns everyone.
Like a scythe in a wheat field, war struck down a whole generation.
The moon is up, the night is long, and we have time for telling tales
Wherever mountains meet and the people stand united, the Crown of Light shines.
If you give into bullying, it multiplies. You've taught your opponents that it works.
If the goal of the harassment was to get the Peace Force to cower like dogs, they had to stand courageously. If the attackers wanted them to run away and go home, the Peace Force had all the more reason to remain.
When a generation spends more time telling stories than stick fighting, it bodes well.
Life isn't a journey with a destination. You do not arrive at adulthood like a town at the end of a road. It’s series of changes and crossings, one after another.
After years of war and heartbreak, a spark of hope had returned to the Border Mountains. The promise of peace blazed on every horizon. Old legends roared back into life.
Her throne was wherever she sat down, in hayfields with humble villagers or in temples with quiet monks.
Her home was the rise and fall of mountains, the curl of rivers, and the expanse of desert lands. Her nation stretched across borders and resided in the heart.
If she needed a crown, it was forged by friendships near and far. It was built of hope and peace, shimmering in the dark night.