Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Warfare Now Fought At Olympic Games Through Sportsmanship

Credit: Lex Lumiere
Visualize a World Without War

International and Civil War disputes are only fought through a countries regional sports team on the Olympic field. To the victor of the game goes the spoils. No guns. No blood. No loss of life.

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.

"I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary. The evil it does is permanent." ~Gandhi

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." ~Mother Theresa

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.

For they are all greedy for profit, from smallest to the greatest, from prophet to priest. They all act falsely. They attempt to heal my people’s wounds without efforts, saying “Peace, Peace” but there is no peace. (Jeremiah 6:13-14) ~ Torah

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.

Make a stand for a new resolution for warfare. Envision a future you would be proud of the children of the world to inherit. We are responsible for the ideas and inventions that have created our modern world, for better or for worse. We are a cause in the manufacturing of weapons of war when we allow for the usage of these weapons as conflict resolution. Our society can no longer afford to ignore the damage we cause to families and children left orphaned by warfare at home and abroad. Personal neutrality in order to ignore the suffering taking place as a result of war is no longer an option. We must challenge ourselves and our families to rise above the war based 'kill or be killed scarcity mentality' and learn from the wars our ancestors have fought in order to progress. Change of the old ways for conflict resolution is knocking at our door. After 91 years of ignoring our ability to change war as we have known it, let us visualize together and allow our capability for human compassion, innovative solutions and understanding to excel beyond our current technology, international and regional conflicts.

"Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us and the world will be as one..." ~ John Lennon

Tonight on
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.

For more information about the Meditation tonight:

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