Dove of Peace

Beginner's Guide to Peace - A New Direction

"We're on the road to nowhere.." - The Talking Heads
"If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading." - Lao Tzu

Lost and Found

Compass Rose

Life is a journey. Sometimes the travel is smooth and easy. Other times it can be extremely difficult. Sometimes the travel is both demanding and exciting, slowed by challenges but driven forward by the hope of new discoveries. Other times we meet obstacles that force us to change course or abandon a familiar road. Inevitably we all experience at least one dead end.

Occasionally we find ourselves utterly lost. For those times it makes sense to halt the onward push, to pause and get our bearings. Otherwise, we risk finding ourselves even further from our desired destination.

The purpose of this site is to provide direction and guidance for those who are weary from their current travels, confused by the noise, tired of being misguided and misinformed. It is for those who seek to live free and peaceful lives but have been led astray, told that the path to prosperity is one driven by envy or fear on a road paved with violence and bloodshed.

Man holding NAP logo

This site is about a simple, beautiful idea called the Non-Aggression Principle, or NAP. It embraces the concept of individual freedom tempered with personal responsibility. It is a gentle yet steady guide that can aid and comfort you on your personal voyage.

Your life journey is unique to you. Although you may, and hopefully will, share your journey with many loving and interesting companions, your lifetime voyage is distinctly yours.

Maximize Your Experience

Pictures are an important element to this guide. They have been carefully chosen to help tell the story of the Non-Aggression Principle. Many of the images are linked in various ways to add depth to the narrative and to move the story forward, while other pictures are designed to serve as peaceful rest stops to give one pause and allow for quiet contemplation. If you have the option, it is highly recommended to use a desktop, laptop or tablet with the screen oriented horizontally (<-->) to maximize your experience.

A number of the pictures are designed to be interactive. If you are using a desktop or laptop computer, you will see an alternate image, text and\or animation when you hover over many of the pictures. If using a tablet or smart phone you will need to tap once on the graphic to see the alternate image and then tap once outside the picture to return to the original.

NAP Metal Logo

Finally, for amusement, and as a shameless attempt to promote the NAP brand, we have embedded the NAP logo within 44 images scattered throughout the website, not counting the banner at the top of each page. For most of the pictures the location of the logo will be obvious, but there are some instances where the symbol may be quite small or partially obscured.

The NAP logo was created to embody the Non-Aggression Principle and its embrace of both liberty and peace. It is free to be used and shared by all those who value freedom and are opposed to the use of aggression and coercive power, whether it be by individuals, groups or the State. More information on its usage and links to downloadable versions of the logo can be found on the Feedback page.

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Essentials

- If you are lost, it is better to pause and determine the correct direction.

- To more fully see the big picture and maximize your experience, it is recommended that this guide be viewed on a desktop, laptop or tablet with the screen held horizontally.


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Picture Credits

^ Compass: Artwork by Andrew Lesko.

^ A beautiful idea: Photo of statue in the Garden of Versailles and artwork by Andrew Lesko.


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