Notes from An Alien

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Why Is This Author So Anxious to Write About the #InternationalDayOfPeace?

Some of you have already experienced September 21st—some are just waking up to it… 

It’s the International Day of Peace

Does such a celebration seem useless to you?

Does it seem like, no matter what people do, war and violence will never go away?

Surprise!  It’s thoughts and feelings like that that help keep us from global peace…

Ever heard of non-violent protest?

What if a significant number of folks rose up, all over the world, non-violently, for a sustained vigil for World Peace?

I hear someone saying, “The only folks who could afford to do that are the poor and outcast; and, nobody will pay any attention to them.”

That’s another attitude that keeps us away from International Peace

What if it has to take a small group of devoted folks, let’s say a few million spread over the globe, maintaining efforts for Peace; passing on their fervor to their off-spring; continuing this process; until, every other kind of person has died off?

It appears that may just be how this ol’ world will attain that treasured state of tranquility

I’m going on so much about this potentially “meaningless” day of peace for the same reason I worked so hard to write my short novel, Notes from An Alien (get your free copy here…).

And, because of the rampant disbelief in the possibility of Peace, I created an alien world struggling with the same issues the Earth is suffering through—perhaps experiencing it in another context will create the clarity of vision that might help folks dedicate time to working for peace

Perhaps, meditating on the following quotes will help some of you find time to help our ailing world…

“Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.”  – John F. Kennedy

“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” – Nelson Mandela

“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”  – Albert Einstein

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” – Mother Teresa

“Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one” – John Lennon 

“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” – Mahatma Gandhi 

Perhaps we need not a Day of Peace but some official Year of Peace, Decade of Peace, Century of Peace

To echo another rather weird fellow, You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one

I also have a special page here with Resources about Peace

Maybe reading this will help—World Female Leaders call for International Law, cessation of war to promote global peace.

And, the following story is more important to Peace than many folks would ever imagine—General Assembly Adopts Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, as United Nations, International Organization for Migration Sign Key Agreement.

The “theme” for this year’s International Day of Peace is “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.”—and, in case you still doubt there are any concrete ways to Build Peace, read about the Sustainable Development Goals

Also, to see exactly where our human family needs the most help, checkout the Global Peace Index

Finally, here’s a video of the late Dame Margaret Anstee, the first woman to serve as a United Nations Under-Secretary-General:

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