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Monday, September 20, 2010

Tuesday is "International Day of Peace "

Tuesday, September 21st is International Day of  Peace., did you know this? I didn't until I was on-line and found out about it. How come my local newspaper, the Edmonton Journal didn't have an news about this? Hopefully the editors will have something about this in tomorrow's edition!

According to a United Nations website:
"The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by resolution 36/67 of the United Nations General Assembly to coincide with its opening session, which was held annually on the third Tuesday of September. The first Peace Day was observed in September 1982. In 2001, the General Assembly by unanimous vote adopted resolution 55/282, which established 21 September as an annual day of non-violence and cease-fire. The UN invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace."

To bad the UN only wants nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities for one day and not longer!  Maybe the UN should have created a "International Week of Peace", or an "International Month of Peace."? Oh well, tomorrow, I hope the  "Politicians" of our World will  sit down and seriously contemplate what a World totally devoid of war would be like, and most importantly think of ways for this to come into being!  Perhaps we all should do this, and maybe the more we think about peace in our world,the more likely it will occur.

The United Nations has a special website regarding this day, please visit it: 

Bob Dylan wrote a song in the 1960's entitled "Masters of  War" here are the words: below the words are a video I found on google video in which Dylan sings his song. It seems Politicians  and those who believe war is an "answer" to problems, haven't changed since the 60's have they?

Masters Of War Lyrics
Artist(Band):Bob Dylan

Come you masters of war
You that build the big guns
You that build the death planes
You that build all the bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks.

You that never done nothin'
But build to destroy
You play with my world
Like it's your little toy
You put a gun in my hand
And you hide from my eyes
And you turn and run farther
When the fast bullets fly.

Like Judas of old
You lie and deceive
A world war can be won
You want me to believe
But I see through your eyes
And I see through your brain
Like I see through the water
That runs down my drain.

You fasten all the triggers
For the others to fire
Then you set back and watch
When the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansion'
As young people's blood
Flows out of their bodies
And is buried in the mud.

You've thrown the worst fear
That can ever be hurled
Fear to bring children
Into the world
For threatening my baby
Unborn and unnamed
You ain't worth the blood
That runs in your veins.

How much do I know
To talk out of turn
You might say that I'm young
You might say I'm unlearned
But there's one thing I know
Though I'm younger than you
That even Jesus would never
Forgive what you do.

Let me ask you one question
Is your money that good
Will it buy you forgiveness
Do you think that it could
I think you will find
When your death takes its toll
All the money you made
Will never buy back your soul.
Here is a video I found on the internet of Bob Dylan signing his song:
(click on the arrow in the video player to start the song playing)

Another song I think is appropriate for the "International Day of Peace" is this one:

The Dove

  • (Trad / Ewan MacColl)

    Well the dove she's a pretty bird, and she sings as she flies
    She brings us glad tidings and she tells us no lies
    Well she flies in the mountains and the valley so low
    And if you live peaceful then she never will go

    Come all you young men, take a warning by me
    Don't you go for a soldier, don't you join no army
    For the dove she will leave you and the raven will come
    And death will come marching to the sound of a drum

    And come all pretty young girls, come walk in the sun
    And don't let your young men ever carry a gun
    For the gun it will scare her and she'll fly away
    And then there'll be weeping by night and by day
You can listen to a recording of this song directly below by clicking on the forward arrow:
This is song by user dixie05player of Youtube:

I hope that reading this blog entry and listening to the messages of these songs causes you to reach out to another human being on Tuesday, and try to convey the message that we need to stop wars between the peoples of this planet! We can do so by listening to others, respecting what they have to say, tolerating the differences in others, and showing others love,kindness and empathy!

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Thoughts worth thinking about

"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia

A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed

Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.