Who said: "Make love but not war"

photo Who said: "Make love but not war"

When we hear the expression "Make love but not war", the anti-war slogan which was associated with the American counterculture of the 1960s comes to mind. It can be said that the goal was to highlight the quest for love and the desire to cease violence. However, there is a debate over who really coined the catch phrase.

Likewise, the ambassador of peace Prem Rawat has idealized the use of nonviolence to achieve social development. Indeed, he shares messages of peace throughout the world to induce people into love. Among his messages, he wants us to realize that peace is within each individual. Let us consider the origins of the saying “Make love, not war” in this article.

The origin of the expression is difficult to know

There is a debate over who really invented the expression. In fact, several people are associated to the phrase, among which are Gershon Legman and Franklin Rosemont. Apart from them, there are other peace protesters who claimed to have coined the phrase. Yet, the bottom line is that it is certain that they share the same objectives in making the claim, which is promoting love within the community and society in order to stop violence and cease war.

Lovemaking involves a couple who is fond of each other and shares the same objectives. Whether it is merely for sexual pleasure, or for having a happy family, lovemaking has positive outcomes for those who engage in it, as opposed to the destructive impacts of war. As a result, it is not surprising that several people share the idea of promoting lovemaking in order to crack down on any form of violence in a community, a society or even in a country.

Epitomizing nonviolence through lovemaking

The expression ‘Make Love Not War' first became popular in the 1960s to show public protest against the Vietnam War. Later on, protesters have used the same catch phrase to demonstrate their anti-war concerns. Since then, it has become a popular expression in many parts of the world.

In Chicago, the Solidarity Bookshop, Illinois, printed out the phrase as a slogan to sensitize people to peaceful movements. Then, demonstrators who took part in the Mother's Day Peace March in 1965, used the slogan. Later on, the slogan was printed out on T-shirts, too to induce more people into the idea that is conveyed.

Achieving social change through non-violent means

“Make love, not war” has become a powerful tool in bringing social change through peaceful means.

  • Changes in social behaviors and in public relations have occurred once the expression is mentioned.
  • The phrase is so powerful that it sends out messages of love and induces people to refrain from the use of violence to solve a conflict.
  • Social chaos and social disorder can be put to end when people from different social backgrounds and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to love each other, make love, and stop violence.

Obviously, it is possible to promote social development through love. In addition, lovemaking has been considered as the most powerful tool by pacific kings in the ancient times to unify different regions and territories.

Love making is a powerful tool to stimulate social and emotional development throughout people's lives. Such development is critical from childhood to adolescence. The good thing about promoting love making is that it triggers positive relationship within the community. Likewise, Prem Rawat finds it essential to inspire us into love and refrain from violence.