The to view the different instances of peace,

The word Peace in itself holds no meaning. It is not the
opposite of violence. A hungry man’s idea of peace is a full stomach. A nation
having warfare may claim the non-existence of violence as peace, even though it
may come at the price of hunger. 
Similarly, a man may seek peace from the mundane tension of the everyday
life. A priest may find peace in communion with God, perhaps even death, the
ultimate representation of God’s embrace. 

Many would suggest that peace is the antithesis of violence
and war (“What Is Peace?”, 2017). But is it logical to view the different
instances of peace, in various societies, with the same glasses? Can we dare
suggest that the peace that exists in a ‘Just’ and tolerant culture is
comparable to that of an unjust and fundamentalist society that keep its
citizens in line through fear? If that is the case, then we should accept the
conflict-free regimes of dictators and tyrants as peaceful (Rummel,1975,
35).  One may derive from the above
argument that peace is not a static phase that either exists or not. It is a
dynamic feature of society that has less to do with violence and more to do
with human interactions and mindset (Rummel,1975, 36). There exists a
relationship between peace and conflict, such that the conditions necessary for
peace and any changes in such conditions make conflict more likely or less
likely (Rummel,1975, 36). We need to consider the idea that peace does not
exist in a vacuum. We might be better off treating peace as a social contract,
such that we as the members of society achieve peace through negotiations,
adjustments, resolutions, and decisions. Such a scenario makes peace an active,
dynamic part of community and not a passive tenet (Rummel,1975, 102). It is
through our cooperative existence and interaction that we bring about the
social contract that is necessary for peace. Peace also holds a pivotal
relation to power. It is only through a balance of power that we can bring
about the genuine and worthwhile instance of peace (Rummel,1975, 102).

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Peace can both be external and internal from the point of
view of an individual (Rummel,1975, 40). As a social construct, peace is
limited to the outer sphere where the interactions and actions of other members
of society play a role in bringing about the peaceful environment. But if we
were to consider human nature we would find the flaw in such an arrangement
(“What Is Peace?”, 2017). If a person is not at peace with himself and his
role in society, it will only lead to dissatisfaction and resentment, and it
won’t be long before the same chaos leaks to the external world. Perhaps we may
call the internal peace a ‘spiritual peace.’ If the expectations and desire of
an individual are not congruent with the social reality, there can be no peace.

The social reality that is evidenced in the world in the
forms of social contracts, political entities, national and international
interactions, are just the manifestation of the expectations, values and
meaning inherent in the minds of the people that are party to the social
contract, i.e., Peace (En.wikiquote.org, 2017).