Living on the “Left Coast”, I see a lot of bumper stickers that say, “Visualize World Peace.” For years I’d try to do as the bumper sticker instructed me, but I came up with nothing. I felt bad for being less imaginative than the bumper sticker owner – who is apparently in possession of a wonderfully harmonious world vision. I’d wonder what it’s like to be enlightened like that.
Now I just wonder whether they’re full of shit.
You see, I have never ever ever come across anyone who has been able to articulate what world peace would truly be like. Nobody. Plenty of people are out there today saying that they’re, “working for peace,” when what they’re actually doing is working for a cessation of conflict and bloodshed.
When I try to visualize world peace, I run into a lot of questions.
So does world require the elimination of borders? Does world peace require free trade without embargoes or sanctions? Does world peace include religion – because as you know religion has been the leading cause of violence in the world for centuries. Does world peace mean that we have no greed? What will become of capitalism? What will take its place? Does everyone have food? Does that mean we will have some form of population control? Does world peace mean we have to disband our militaries and hand over all our guns? Can someone tell me, please?
At United Nations HQ, they celebrate International Peace Day in September. They have a special ceremony near the Peace Bell-a gift to the United Nations by the United Nations Association of Japan. Throughout the world on this day, people observe a moment of silence and hold events, ceremonies, and marches. They sing songs, have meetings, visit a hospitals, volunteer, plant trees, and make friends. All great things. But none of them seem to be producing any visions for world peace. And if they are, they sure are keeping those visions under wraps.
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