grew up in the turbulent 60's. The Vietnam war was raging,
violence on campuses throughout the country, riots in Watts and
across the south. The radio was playing Bob Dylan, Peter
Paul and Mary, Simon and Garfunkel, and the Beatles.
The Beatles inspired me in more ways than I can say.
They preached love, peace, and enjoying life in their songs.
As I grew up they evolved too and their messages got deeper and
more personal to me. By the time John Lennon recorded
"Give Peace A Chance" I had already felt the time was long due for
just that; peace. Somewhere John is still
out there so I'll say a cosmic "Thank you, John, for putting words
to the ache in my soul."
we are saying... is give peace a chance!"
"How many ears must one man have before he can hear people cry?"
My generation has screamed for peace while throwing rocks and
spitting at others.. that never made much sense to me.
The teachings of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. made much
more sense. How can we ask for peace by being violent.
It's like teaching children it's wrong to hit by spanking them.
Each of us needs to be responsible for our own actions.
No one else can make you hit someone, hurt someone, yell at someone,
belittle someone, condemn someone, injure someone, or bring harm
to someone. You have it within yourself to treat
others as you would wish to be treated. Even if they
do not respond in kind, it doesn't stop you from acting in a responsible
and compassionate way.
and every one of us is a unique individual. We each
have our strengths and weaknesses. How can we ask
others to accept us with our flaws if we are unwilling to accept
them in others? And what we might consider a flaw,
someone else might consider a strength. So much
of the tragic violence we see in the world today is where people
feel they cannot accept the differences in others or they feel
the others do not accept them. If we all can
open our hearts to honor the life of each person that we share
this earth with... if we can accept that we are all NOT
the same... if we can allow each individual to be
the very best they can be, then perhaps we shall finally have
a chance for peace.
not alone in my desires to see the world become less violent.
There are more and more groups out there that are working for
just this cause. Please visit these sites, read what
they have to say and do all you can to create a better world for
us ALL to live in and hand over to our children and grandchildren.
Please!? There is no one on this earth that
has the power to create this in your life but you.
2000 Back in May of 1999 Kyia took a vow
to Luumpho of total nonviolence. At the time it was an effort
on my part to promote peace and try to convey that we all have
a choice in how we act in situations. That violence is a choice
and so is peace; that you can choose Peace! I guess it must
have been in the air because the United Nations General Assembly
proclaimed the year 2000 as the International Year for the Culture
of Peace. You can support the cause of peace by visiting this
site and signing the petition. PLEASE!!
Take a stand for peace! One person at a time we
CAN make a difference.
Stand for Peace and Justice This
site is dedicated to working for Peace and Justice in the world.
"To win against... the causes of
of millions of active, committed movement members." They have
written a powerful statement of commitment for peace that
they are encouraging people from all over the world to read
and sign. Please visit their site and consider signing this
Season For Nonviolence This site is dedicated
to the teaching of Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr. Their purpose is to create an awareness
of nonviolent principles and practice as a powerful
way to heal, transform and empower our lives and communities.
Peace Movement I have exchanged some email with
these people and I'm very impressed with their program.
They are trying to teach nonviolence to children in the hope
that by raising a generation of people who realize they can
choose NOT to be violent that our world will evolve in more
peaceful and productive ways. Please read what they
have to say and pass their message along to our children.
of Promise Thurston High School is only three
miles from where I worked. In May of 1998 a young
man walked into the school after killing his parents and opened
fire on his classmates, killing two boys and injuring 23 others.
Kip Kinkle is a very troubled young man, and the tragedy of
this event moved this community to try to find answers.
The violence in our schools rips at the very core of our society;
our youth. Go to this site; read about how you can
help stop this before any other community has to face
the pain that ours has.
Watch This site is a Web project of the Southern
Poverty Law Center that encourages people from all walks
of life to "fight hate and promote tolerance." My
opinion has always been that education is the answer to hate.
United Nations Peace and
Whether you agree with the United Nations on all of their actions
or not, they do make efforts towards peace in this world.
Visit their site and learn all you can.
We cannot heal the wounds of hate until we can forgive.
Such is the belief of many strong people.. such as Nobel
Peace Prize winners, Bishop Desmond Tutu, President Jimmy
Carter. Co-Chair of the organization is Ruby Bridges Hall
who says, "To forgive is to set yourself free, to acknowledge
that it does no good to hate. Hate really, really destroys both
the other person and yourself."
Do you know of another site the works for Peace? Please email
me with the address so that I might share with others.
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