Peace Is Like an Olive Tree


Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service

Building peace takes time. There is no easy way. It is easier to start a war.

If you plant an olive tree, it takes 50 years until you can harvest olives, but you can cut it down in 2 minutes.

Building peace is like nurturing an olive tree.

— As said to the author by Norwegian TRANSCEND member Jorgen Johansen.


Dietrich Fischer (1941-2015) from Münsingen, Switzerland, got a Licentiate in Mathematics from the University of Bern 1968 and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from New York University 1976. 1986-88 he was a MacArthur Fellow in International Peace and Security at Princeton University. He has taught mathematics, computer science, economics and peace studies at various universities and been a consultant to the United Nations. He was co-founder, with Johan Galtung, of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace, Development and Environment in 1993.

Excerpted from Dietrich Fischer’s Stories to Inspire You – TRANSCEND University Press-TUP.


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One Response to “Peace Is Like an Olive Tree”

  1. Nurturing an olive tree is the same essentials of love, empathy and wisdom which are the very driving forces of evolution as well as universal peace.