Imagine a world where every war or armed conflict is fought through two rival sports teams of each opposing country or region on an Olympic game field. The entry fee is $500 million in gold bars or sterling silver coins. The winner of the game claims their money and a prize of peaceful territorial control, until the next Olympic event when the losing team has an opportunity to compete again and reclaim what was lost. If the country or region of either team breaks the rules and ensues in any form of armed conflict, the gold is transferred to an established charity in a different country other than the rival teams competing. The charity is chosen via a public poll. Clean, fair fighting through sportsmanship.
Not one drop of blood spilled. Warfare as we have know it for centuries, disappears.
Sound impossible? Nothing is impossible when we as a national and global society are in agreement. Just Imagine.
Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. ~ Lewis Carroll, Alice and Wonderland
Veterans Day was originally implemented by Woodrow Wilson on November 11, 1919 and called Armistice Day, honoring military veterans. Congress amended this act on June 1, 1954, replacing "Armistice" with Veterans, and it has been known as Veterans Day ever since. Not only is it a day to honor the sacrifices that have been made by our soldiers and the price that has been paid in human lives for our countries freedom and liberties. It is also an opportunity to take a deeper look at the cost of all warfare on our own shores as well as overseas.
Take a moment to reflect on the international death toll of warfare. It is not a pretty picture.
What Veterans Day should also remind us of is how we as global society have had 91 years to come up with a better solution to warfare, both civil and international and admit to ourselves that we have failed miserably.
Why are we not challenging ourselves to learn from the mistakes history has taught us through war? What are we afraid of?
Peace. A world where our children can play free of land mines, guns and bloodshed in the name of conquering capitalism.
"I was once asked why I don't participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I'll be there."
Our holy scriptures are filled with stories of war and peace. Although there are members of every faith that twist their religion to justify bloodshed. Those of us who have a spiritual life know the 'golden rule' by heart. Yet we may struggle to disagree with our leaders who live in opposition to the beliefs we profess to live by and spend our tax dollars on a war than never ends.
The group mentality can no longer be, "If someone else is fighting the war for me, then it is ok, as long as I am safe and it does not effect me directly." Human life matters. Our soldiers lives matter. Regardless of the profits big businesses make off of warfare to line the pockets of our countries leadership, it is time to bring our soldiers home.
Remember the living soldiers today, as well as honor those who have sacrificed their lives for us.
11-11, 2010 @ 11 pm est, one million people across the globe will meditate together for 11 mins for 11 consecutive days to visualize healing for humanity and the planet. Please join us.