Be in peace this day!

This International Day of Peace.

Have to thank Sue Dreamwalker for giving me a day’s notice that today, Saturday 21st September is the 2013 International Day of Peace.

PEACE-DAY

 

As the web site of the International Day of Peace (IDP) offers:

Anyone, anywhere can celebrate Peace Day. It can be as simple as lighting a candle at noon, sitting in silent meditation, or doing a good deed for someone you do not know. Or it can involve getting your co-workers, organization, community or government engaged in a large event.

The impact if millions of people in all parts of the world, coming together for one day of peace, is immense, and does make a difference.

International Day of Peace is also a Day of Ceasefire – personal or political. Take this opportunity to make peace in your own relationships as well as impact the larger conflicts of our time. Imagine what a whole Day of Ceasefire would mean to humankind.

Can’t argue with that or with this year’s UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for today’s International Day of Peace.

 

So don’t forget!

Wherever you are in the world, take a minute off at mid-day and be at peace.

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Oh, and hug a dog!

16 thoughts on “Be in peace this day!

  1. I suggest peace is an illusion, war is the reality of nature. Harmony, incorporating strife as part of life is the only way to achieve contentment. Too many people are obsessed with an illusion of peace that can never be obtained.

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    1. Alex: I read your message, and I approve it. Very well put. As Lord Keynes said:”In the end, we are all dead.” Death seems pretty violent to me. Yet, one can live with it, and embrace it, because, as there is no choice, we may as well.

      War is not anymore a problem than peace is. What matters most is the harmony of the society with the environment, not strife within. Plutocrats have unbalanced the environment, so they should be reduced, and that means war, because peace certainly will not reduce them.

      Force is the truth of man. Everything else is delusion, even the vegetarian style.

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      1. Thanks Patrice. I observe war is an aspect of nature, though all parts move towards harmony in this continuous state of strife. I observed life-death this morning when a fly struck a spider web, a battle that the fly lost against the spider, the fly died but in its death food for the spider so that the spider may live.

        Your words are expressed in the mythos of the Roman archetype of Mars, who fights so that crops grow and prosperous harmony comes to a people.

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      2. Patrice, as much as I deeply respect your intellect, I fundamentally am at odds with the sentiments you express. But rather than hide behind a short reply that few will read and even fewer take notice of, I’m going to write a post exploring my reactions in detail. As always, your comments are welcomed.

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  2. (I received this from a loyal follower of the Blog and a good friend from our Payson days. MaryAnne asked for me to publish this on her behalf.)

    Paul! I loved your PEACE message and wanted to try to respond to the naysayer who believed that peace is an impossible goal. To do so, however I needed to research a bit about the person I wanted to quote..Virginia Satir…an American author, psychotherapist and teacher, who worked largely to develop a program of Family Therapy. She once said that, “Life is not the way it is supposed to be, it is the way it is… the way you deal with it is what makes the difference”. One can never achieve what is believed to be impossible..negativity will engender more of the same; what you seek is what you will find. Worldwide compassion and concern for all creation would undoubtedly make the world a friendlier place.

    Anything NOT in “>>>” is merely my blather, but by the time I found what I sought out, I could no longer get back to that page on your blog. Go figure!! All aside, have a glorious day!! love…mag

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  3. Alex,

    In terms of my reply to your comment of this morning, I can’t do any better than to support what MaryAnne wrote above.

    If man is no more than a species that is rooted in conflict and war then man’s outcome is certain: annihilation! An outcome that is fitting for the species. Reminds me of the saying, “Will the last person to leave the planet, please turn the lights out!”

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    1. Man has been built by war. Far from turning off the lights, war brought fire and shined a light over the universe. even the Qur’an understands this.
      Ultimate peace is the war against force, the essence of man, thus is fundamentally inhuman. Did Nietzsche understand this?

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  4. Very good idea to make a post about it. I made my statements stark, to help. Please don’t forget to think about the Shebab/Shabab in Somalia, or the plutocrats in general. Also Hitler, of course.
    The point is this: before considering the evolution of a dynamical system, one has to consider the initial conditions, always. The peaceniks claim that, if one thinks peace all the time, the dynamics would be peaceful. Yet, the very idea of dynamics is NOT peaceful. That’s the first problem. Second problem: to believe that the initial conditions are always peaceful is in full contradiction with the observation of the universe. It’s not just that there are pathological individuals. There are also pathological environments to start with, too (for example East Prussia as an exclave after WWII).

    Considering all this non peaceful evolution is a given. The problem then is not to avoid force and war, but to mitigate them.

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    1. Patrice, I can only come at this with the intellectual tools at my disposal. Which, I can tell you now, will not allow me to engage in the argument as you set it out above. But it’s all food for thought, of course.

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      1. I started to laugh heartily here. Kindly and heartedly. Paul, if you can get enraged, you have all the tools you need. You will find them inside if you dig deep enough.

        Let me say in passing that, often, pacifist can get real enraged when pushed in their corners. Those who know about war are keen to not have any corners, though… I basically never met anyone i could not enrage… If I tried hard enough. it’s just a matter of finding the buttons. And that proves my point…

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      2. Fair points! Plus I don’t see myself as a pacifist, Just someone who thinks there has to be better way of living on this planet than we have done these last 150 years or so. But, as I mentioned previously, let me cogitate for a while until some form of inspiration taps me on the shoulder! 😉

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  5. WOW! what debate this Peace Post seemed to bring about as we each do battle with our own views 😉
    It seems before any of us can find WORLD PEACE we first need to find that peacefulness within ourselves…

    We ALL have much work to do! 😉

    Thank you again Paul for the mention, it is much appreciated thank you 🙂

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    1. Indeed. As in one cannot love another until one finds love for oneself. In essence, understand the fears and hopes we adopted in our formative years. We can be very complicated creatures at times!

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