Today, September 21, 2016 is the official International Day of Peace. However, if we really want peace (and rest assured, many DO NOT!) then we must be acting in terms of peace in our every day lives. This means: Breathe peace, think peace, BE peace.
My county, the U.S., has been at war for 13 years. My government spends about a trillion-billion-gazillion dollars on war. (Really, I daresay most economists could not even keep track of it. The numbers are too humongous for any human being to actually fathom.) So I come to the conclusion that my government must like war. Otherwise why spend all that money promoting it?
This perplexes me. I mean really? Really??
(PLEASE BE WARNED! Graphic pictures will follow! It ain’t pretty but it is REAL.)
They choose war. Therefore they choose this.
Not to mention THIS.
And of course THIS.
(Jeez, good thing I’m not being censored by Zuckerberg, eh?)
War is ugly. Nothing sleek nor stylish about it.
It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that war has never done any good and never will. Just study history and you will find this is true.
No one in their right mind would choose what I have just shown you. (Unless of course you were a Wall Street crony, far removed from such violence, and war was a guarantee that your stocks in Haliburton would shoot up and make you a gazillionaire.)
There is, however, a difference between being pro-peace and being anti-war. Pro-peace means putting our focus on PEACE. Anti-war means actually putting the focus on war, and therefore (inadvertently) creating MORE war. (That is why the ‘War on Drugs’ has created more drugs and the ‘War on Terror’ has created more terrorists. Have you noticed?)
Each of us, in our daily lives can choose to be peaceful. We can be more accepting, more patient and kinder. This may mean taking a step back. It may mean learning to accept someone who has a different belief system or lifestyle from your own. It may mean tuning out the snarky media who likes to promote hate and intolerance. It may mean getting more sleep, eating healthier food, learning to breathe, learning to love.
In the end, I trust that humankind do not really want to blow each other’s faces off. In the end, I trust that our planet has enough resources to go around with many untapped and more being discovered each day. If a trillion gazillion dollars can be spent on War, then the same amount can be spent on Peace. Gardens are cheaper than bombs. Serenity is cheaper than PTSD.
When John and Yoko did their commercial for peace, they called it ‘Bed Peace’ and spent a week in bed talking to the press about peace. (Note guitar, flowers and, oh yeah, hair 🙂 )
The idea was to get the media to actually focus on Peace (also music, love and nature) rather than War. To this day, I do not think the world has understood this concept — focusing on what we want, rather than what we do not want. John and Yoko urged us to ‘Give peace a CHANCE.’ Just step back and give it a chance. This is not some airy-fairy, hippie sh*t. Nor is it some pie in the sky dream. This CAN BE OUR REALITY.
I do not think humankind has given peace a chance. I think we are too busy believing the lies and the hype promoted from those that would like to control us.
But we can begin now to change our thinking and shift the paradigm that insists upon war.
Peace further explained: