Pray for Peace

December 28, 2007

The dogs of war continue to rule this world. Your place and mine. Their opportunity is hostility and ignorance. Their game is manipulation. Terror is a tool – the fear of hell, ridicule, beating, bombing, jail, locusts,  the list goes on and on. Each place has its own special box of terror.

4 Responses to “Pray for Peace”

  1. howard Says:

    a chilling prequel to the new year’s resolution. praying for peace seems like the only thing we can do sometimes.

  2. qazse Says:

    The low point can become the starting point.

  3. Leah PettePiece Says:

    December 28
    The End of 2007
    As 2007 draws to a close there are many things that I might chose to write about, however one primary thought keeps returning to the top of the list; PEACE
    We live in a world divided by definitions; there are so many definitions that define each individual that one can get literally lost in the possibilities when attempting to give presence to a human being. What set me to thinking about this was a visit to the Doctor last week, while waiting in an examination room to be seen I heard the Nurse repeat the same question several times to a patient in the next room, “How do you define you RACE?” he asked,” are you Caucasian other than Hispanic?” The patient hesitated several moments before finally answering…” I don’t suppose you have a check box for “HUMAN” do you? she asked. The nurse repeated the same question again without even acknowledging that the patient had asked a question of her own. Not being one to loose such a fine chance to assert my own belief about this question I shouted from my room into the hall…”Do your have a check box for HUMAN?” The nurse either pretended not to hear me or didn’t want to enter the conversation, but meanwhile the other patient had gotten up and looked around to my doorway and began to laugh, as did I. “Yes,” she smile broadly, ” that is what we are isn’t it! All of us are just HUMAN!” It was one of those grand AH HAH! moments when two people of like minds entered that realm of TRUTH about what and who we are!
    Some of you, I know by comments I receive on my blog space, think I am just OUT THERE, TOTALLY CRAZY, BEREFT OF MY SENSES…however there is a growing number of my readers who have taken up this cause. Just this morning I was reading comments on an article about the assassination of Benajir Bhutto and one of those in the chat room wrote, ” Wouldn’t it change things if we stopped defining ourselves by our belief’s?” and I wrote back “Yes, not just by our beliefs but by the creed of our lives, our nationality, our race and the color of our skin!” Within ten minutes there were seven negative comments but the enlightening moment was when I counted the number of people who had chimed in to back up the two of us who want to be HUMAN, fifty one, yep 51 people chimed in to applaud the two of us who started the ruckus.
    Now that is exciting!
    Think of it, here in the US the average person is asked at least twice a week to define themselves by one of the following: Religion; Race; Creed; Color or Nationality.
    So as this year of horror and war, in this year of Stock Market Rollercoastering, in this year of Mortgage Failures and natural disasters one after another draws to a dreary tired close let’s start a Campaign! Yes, that is what is on the top of my list, I want to start a ball rolling that I hope with Snowball into a torrent of self defining change. From today on whenever someone asks me to answer one of those questions defining who, or what I am I am going to answer HUMAN !
    Here is my challenge to you who read my writings; I want you to practice answering all questions of definition with that word…HUMAN!
    Be ready when someone asks you to define yourself by one of the usual terms, look them straight in the eye and say, “Human”. Now I am not suggesting that this will be easy to do, in fact we are such creatures of habit that there is no doubt in my mind that it will take time to spread this thinking, but if all of us could just give it a fair trial it might catch on.
    Personally I think that we could start the first definition of mankind which doesn’t attempt to separate us, but instead begins to bring us together into a world where we could all live with one another in PEACE. Do you recall the old Lennon song about sharing life in Peace? This could be the start of a Pandemic that brings relief to this tired old world of ours. We are after all is said and done just HUMAN! Whether we are one color or another, what we believe, which political agenda we adhere to, when the end comes we are still just a human being. Our bodies will wear out, we will age in all the ways that flesh and bones do that, and one day we will die as is the way of fleshy things. In meantime though let’s just give this world something to think about…even if each one of us only gives one other person a chance to think about it.
    When we were created, it must have been by intelligence higher than our own, an intelligence that thought we would evolve into a species that would care for not only our own kind but all of the living things on earth. I am certain that whoever that creator being was didn’t foresee that we would begin to separate ourselves from each other by defining our race, creed, language, nationality etc. I am also certain that only way for this earth and its inhabitants to continue to exist is for those of us who are sentient beings to begin to view every human being as equal.
    There are many differences in all of us, we are each unique in our way, we are each special in our own way, but when evil takes over the mind we become unable to see the goodness that exists in others. It is unfortunate that in the age in which we live we are separated by barriers of all types’ not just words that define us but actual walls that separate us. Don’t take me wrong I don’t believe that terrorism and those who commit acts of atrocity should be allowed to go on their merry way destroying others lives, but I do believe that there are many good, honest and caring people in the countries from which these terrorist come who, if given a chance, would be happy to call themselves HUMAN also! I also don’t believe in a system where no punishment if given for evil behavior, what I do firmly believe in is a world that learns to live together in PEACE where there is no fighting, no war, no terrorists and all of us live in security realizing that we are Human beings.
    It is difficult to see how this could ever come to pass, but new beginnings are often difficult, it is only when enough of us believe that we are all human and therefore entitled to a life that is peaceful that change might come.”AH”, you say, “it is a great dream but could never become a reality!” NO! I say to you that each one of us has a voice, we can all be heard as individuals, and if we share a vision of a world at PEACE, where we are all seen as HUMAN BEINGS then that vision can become a reality. “What?” you asked! Yesterday the world lost a another person who understood that we are all human, taken from the world by the mindless work of an evil terrorist, she had a vision, that vision for her people, her country to be at PEACE in the world, to have a democratic government which would hold all the human beings in her country in the same regard. Just as simply as that one cruel act carried out in the name of terror ripped from her the life of her body, just as simply we can begin to change the corner of our world! Just one person carried out an act of terror that was heard around the world! Each one of us should stand and shout to the rooftops! WE ARE HUMAN! We were the hope of a creator being, it was we who were given sentience, we who were given the gift to recognize right from wrong, good from evil and it is up to us to try to change this world before it is too late and we have perished with this lovely blue planet on which we live. When the bells of the clock towers ring out the last second of this year stand on your porches, your balconies, your steps, roll down the windows of your cars and shout…”WE ARE HUMAN!” It is up to us where the next year might lead us, choose now what you will stand for in the next months, and choose now to exert your humanness on all those around you! Choose to be counted not by the old standards of definition but by your own, our own standards…WE ARE HUMAN!
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  4. qazse Says:

    My first inclination was to consider this spam. But the message seems passionate and pro social if not prolix.

    So against my better judgment – it can stay until someone convinces me otherwise.

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