For Peace

I can recall the first time I was moved by a poem as a child when I found something in a book of poems at the library.

It isn’t a poem of course, it’s part of a Meditation (XVII) written by John Donne who lived some four hundred years ago.

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.

Whatever it is., it speaks to me. And if someone wrote these words long ago and they still mean something, then they must be relevant to today.

So many say that world peace is impossible that man wants to fight, wants power and territory, wants religious dominance.

Nobody wants to share resources?

Nobody wants their children to grow up in a world without weapons, without fear of war?

Peace begins with words, as war does too.

And in this world of global communication, we could do so much more to work towards peace.

Are there any leaders willing to step forward and say, aye, let’s be the first.

Or do we the people, have to do it ourselves.

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Peace is an occurrence of harmony characterized by lack of violence, conflict behaviors and the freedom from fear of violence. Commonly understood as the absence of hostility and retribution, peace also suggests sincere attempts at reconciliation, the existence of healthy or newly healed interpersonal or international relationships, prosperity in matters of social or economic welfare, the establishment of equality, and a working political order that serves the true interests of all.

 

 

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