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World Peace Day

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The dove is a symbol often associated with the International Day of Peace.

Remarkable, when we have three hundred sixty-five days in a year, that we only use one of them for peace. What does this say about human beings?

On September 21, 2010, BloggersUnite is hosting a blogging event in support of this Day of World Peace. Established in 1981 in order to coincide with the opening day of the General Assembly of The United Nations, the resolution is a shared day of peace and cease-fire, a day of opportunity.

Imagine, one whole International Day of Peace. "Remarkable, when we have three hundred sixty-five days in a year, that we only use one of them for peace. What does this say about human beings"? It means we have failed and failed miserably. What is wrong with us that we claim to strive for peace, yet will only allow one day of the entire year to be dedicated? Just a few hours set aside in order to resolve this peace. Don’t you want more? I know I certainly do. I remember quite clearly I was promised a better world than that of my parents’ time. My brother fought in the Viet Nam Conflict and returned, bruised, injured and mentally scarred by his tour of duty. My nephews went to the first and the second Gulf Wars. Our soldiers are battling in Afghanistan, we’ve just gotten our combat troops out of Iraq and yet our military officers want to go into Iran and do battle there! The entire middle section of Africa, that great continent, is a pathetic warzone of children and men fighting with no other driving-force than that of self-annihilation. Unthinkable crimes are committed even as you read this. And they want us to believe that one day, and only part of it at that, is going to bring peace.

I can tell that this is obviously a Man’s Answer To Peace. No, don’t get me wrong, not all men want war and dissension, or carry hate in their hearts, but I would have to conclude that the majority of the men in these countries do want to keep fighting these bloodthirsty battles, where no one wins and they leave a trail of death and destruction along the way. The children, the women, the non-violent men … oh how my heart goes out to them because they are kept in an untenable situation, a living hell upon this Earth. Earth this beautiful living planet, that we have tried to suck dry and mine and blow-up and poison. Wow. Do you think for a millisecond that one day will really help? One day of peace?

Even though it is only a day we had best start somewhere. We need to become engaged in a non-violent manner. We need to hurry up and show we care about our fellow human beings, the planet, our elderly, our children, ourselves, our waterways, our animals, fish, birds and sea mammals, too. We should demand a whole month of International Days of Peace and see how much good we could produce all around the globe. We’d better hurry up and do the right thing.

Bloggers I implore you, writers, journalists, tweeters, cell and telephone users, and texters, too. We’ve got to come together and change right here, right now, before we are doomed. Doomed to live out the rest of our days on this Earth in conflict, fighting, wars, and barbarianism. This was definitely something I was taught in History class as something belonging in the past. Men listen up! You and your inflated egos, and hate and greed are poisoning us all. You know who you are and I tell you that if you do not join us, then you have willingly doomed us all.

So everyone who cares … Pass The Word that on this September 21st we won’t just take one day … we want thirty days to see if we could actually live a peaceful existence … together, you and I, and any other sane person on the planet. Impassioned? Yes, perhaps. But these words come through me and are not from me.

Think about it. BloggersUnite is free and we need your voice. We need to fight for as much peace as we can get. And was it not said that “The pen is mightier than the sword”?

“Peace ... bloggers, it might as well start with us!”



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Theresa H Hall is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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By Ray Colon on August 30, 2010 at 05:17 pm

Hi Theresa,

Your passion for peace came through vividly in your writing of this article. Well done.

I share many of your sentiments regarding the futility of war. Victims, refugees, soldiers, and powerless onlookers from every corner of the globe cry out for a better solution, but none has been found.

You say that no one wins, but I have to disagree. Many people/corporations win. They win power, influence, money, and resources. If there were nothing to be won, people would have stopped waging wars long before now.

War has many more losers than winners, but their voices are not heard. Those bent on genocide can move forward with their plans with impunity -- knowing that the world will be slow to react. World leaders, including ours, are unwilling to exhaust every other alternative before sending their young off to be slaughtered.

Despite the carnage, there will always be some among us who want more, like those voices who suggest an attack on Iran. It's madness.

Ray

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By Theresa H Hall on August 30, 2010 at 05:29 pm

Ray, thank you. It has always been this way since the beginning. Hate, Greed and Jealousy. The three components necessary to continue brewing confrontations with people. It grieves me so to hear of it, see it, know it is happening and I can speak out and pray. There has to be a better way.

Why is it men choose to hold others under their control. Did they grow up thinking ... 'Wow, I am going to be a cruel leader, I am going to rape and pillage and enslave others , while bending them to my will." Why can they not see they are inviting the everlasting sadness upon themselves? surely they cannot believe they will be repaid for their works of evil. Perhaps they don't believe in righteousness.

It is an endless circle. I wish I could change people and the way they think ... for reasons of peace.

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By Barkha Dhar on September 03, 2010 at 03:18 pm

Hi Theresa,

That's a poignant point you have raised. I can sense the emotions that lie beneath this piece. Its hard to find people who share such noble thoughts. Rightly said, a day of peace is a reason to begin but a month of piece certainly is a cause to spread and cherish.

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By Theresa H Hall on September 05, 2010 at 12:22 am

Yes Barkha, If we had an entire month of peace there would be a whole new way to approach living together, that just might take hold. We need to say Enough to war!

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By Theresa H Hall on September 21, 2010 at 04:47 pm

I answered a question on FB for bc and here it is:

When the true theory is applied then it will be realized.

We live in a country ... land of the free home of the brave, but the powers that be keep wanting to separate us by putting us into categories, particularly race or ethnic slots. When our government and other establishments stop asking these rude questions, it'll be a major start in the right direction. I mean ... if the government wants to know the color of your skin, background, religious data, etc., then it must be the acceptable way for each of us to conduct ourselves.

The fact remains, that some persons believe they are entitled to better treatment if their skin tone is the politically correct one. People are taught to be paranoid and to hate more often than they are taught respect for others and the golden rule. What a shame.

The song goes "Let There Be Peace On Earth and Let It Begin With Me ... ". How many people who join in this song actually mean the words they sing, deep down in their hearts. In order to make change for the better, we must all of us come together and collectively decide to change the manner in which we see others.

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By MUGISHO N.THEOPHILE on September 30, 2010 at 02:29 am

Theresa, you pointed right here. Peace is a must for everyone of us. We have to seek it and then orotect it once gotten. It is true as Melody has put it. Making peace extend the whole year, we have to start by one day. Then our commitment to seeking it will make it extremely popular and so it will be for the whole year. May peace be in our hearts before it spreads to our friends and the society. Great article here.

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By MUGISHO N.THEOPHILE on September 30, 2010 at 02:37 am

Ray, your statement 'war has more losers than winners' is true but this can change if people unlearn commitment toward violence. Since war builds on the use of force and that this force is not the possession of everyone, then losers become numerous.This can only scale down if harsh punishment is applied. If such a decision can be taken at an international level with strong and same resolution of all and every country, the effects of wars can reduce. But the problem is that decisions have always been taken, implimentation meets impediments.

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