no man could exist
no boy child would be birthed
Take back your power
Take back your control
we are the teachers
we are the nurturers
We can make change happen
Teach responsibility, not blame
Teach love, not hate
Teach peace, not war
Teach your children
that they are enough
that their lives are their own
and that they alone
who and what they are
that they alone can define
what happiness and love
look like to them
that they can choose not to
continue a cycle of violence
but live instead in peace.
To know peace, to see peace
we have to teach peace
as a way of life
to ever have a chance
to live in harmony
we must be free
free of all the isms and prejudices
that hold a person down
and on and on
teaching “tolerance” is not enough
we will see peace when we
truly celebrate our differences
and achieve equality
~ Melanie Thomason
fairy tale |ˈfɛri teɪl|(also fairy story )
a children’s story about magical and imaginary beings and lands.
• [ as modifier ] denoting something regarded as resembling a fairy story in being magical, idealized, or extremely happy: a fairy-tale romance.
• a fabricated story, esp. one intended to deceive.
Once upon a time…all the regular people in the world got together to talk. They laughed, they cried, they ate a LOT of Ben & Jerry ice cream. They danced a bit and they slept on the ground under the stars. Sure, it was a little crowded but they didn’t care. They looked at the sky and shared stories about their lives. Some had lived through war, they had been hungry, sick and afraid, others had surfed the oceans and spread their towels on the warm sand to catch the rays. Every story was different and each person told their story to someone else. They talked about work and shared pictures of their kids, pets and families. The talked about their favorite books and movies. They talked about the past and the future. They talked and they listened.
It wasn’t long before the people of the world realized they all had things in common. It wasn’t long before they realized that their governments had lied to them about the other people of the world. It wasn’t long before the people of the world realized that there were no enemies, just other people like themselves. Sure they believed in different gods, none of whom specifically told them to go out and smite the other people of the world…only men did that, the gods were out play golf and having a good time, they had given up smiting a long time ago. Yes, they dressed differently, and ate different food but those things weren’t an issue. And after a few days they barely noticed the differences in their looks. What was an issue was the enormous amounts of money being spent on war. Money that could be spent on food shelter, clean water, education and the raising up of society in general. Questions about how government officials lived, surrounded by wealth and personal protection, came to the forefront. The people of the world came to the conclusion that officials were living off of their labor, not their own. Governments did not share, they took. They took everything, including the people they loved.
After getting to know each other and after the Ben & Jerry was long gone, some of the people wrote a letter and and sent the pages through the enormous crowd. Everyone was asked to sign her/his name as well as the country s/he represented. A hush fell over the earth as people read the letter, signed it, and passed it on. As you can imagine, the pages quickly began to pile up, so people offered to carry as many pages as they could, so that none of the pages would get lost or be overlooked. The original letter was copied and attached to stacks of signatures, so that every country on earth had an equal share. The people of the earth agreed to place the letter, along with the signatures, at their governments’ seat of power. They also agreed to stand vigil until the proper officials had read the letter and understood its meaning.
The people parted with good wishes and joy and went back to their homes and their lives. Five days later they deposited the letters and signatures as per their agreement. The people of the world stood together, joined by love, hope and the dream of a better future.
The letter read:
To: The Governments of the World
We, THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD, will no longer fight among ourselves. We will no longer be part of your war machine. We will not kill for profit or greed. We will not kill for any reason. You have taken enough. The earth runs red with the blood of the people, while you play games with our lives and the lives of those we love. No more. It stops now.
Should you choose to war among yourselves, be advised that we will not stand beside you, we will not assist you in any way. From this day forth, we the people of the earth, stand together as friends with love and peace in our hearts. Our children will have no enemies, only friends. The people of the world have spoken. There will be no more war.
The people of the world
So the people of the world stood shoulder to shoulder, hand in hand, against war. Many people were killed by their own governments. The people of the world were called enemies of the state, terrorists as well as other names that the governments made up to poison the hearts of the people, but the people of the world knew better. The people said that those names belonged to the those in government, not to the people of the world. And one by one, the governments fell and when they did, the people of the world realized that they had given their power away to those who had used it against them and against all the people of the world.
New heroes were made during those days. Heroes who stood strong and brave for the right of all people to live without war. Women and men held out their hands across oceans and mountains, to grasp the hands of others in peace, so that the people of the world would never again be SENT by governments to fight against each other.
There were enormous problems to be solved once the governments were gone. But the people of the world began to solved their problems together. The people of every country helped the people of every other country and their gifts, knowledge and expertise were shared. Because that’s what the people of the world chose to stand for…peace, community and friendship. They put their differences aside and concentrated on their love for their children, for the earth, for each other and for all living things. Violence among the people themselves came to an end as those who were violent were seen as aberrant in a world of peace and non-violence. And so a new age was born, an age where the people of the world chose to live in harmony. And even thought they didn’t live happily ever after, it was a start.
There are no helpless princesses, princes or white rabbits in this fairy tale. No unicorns or maidens locked in towers waiting to be saved by others. In this fairy tale the people of the world finally stood together and saved themselves.
What does peace look like? This is a question posed by Artists 4 Peace. So what do you think peace looks like?
Which duck is the more peaceful? Is it the one calmly bobbing up and down giving no resistance to where the waves take him? Or the contortionist, who was twisting and turning and splashing and at times flipping upside down? If one believes that peace is a passive thing then I suspect you chose the duck in the foreground. If you view peace as that inner joie de vivre then I suspect you chose the duck in the background.
Is this goose at peace? Who wouldn’t be at peace — flying over calm waters on a sunny day? Moments before this photo was captured the goose was floating near shore seeming to be at peace with my standing there snapping photos of him. And then a group or is that a gaggle of geese came honking and flying by and got all the other geese seemingly riled up.
The thing about a moment of angst in the animal world is just that — A MOMENT. The geese didn’t attack me. The geese didn’t try to get every goose on the lake to hate or despise me because I’m different from them. The geese didn’t have to tell everyone they knew about their moment of fear thus reliving it hundreds of times. They flew a few yards away and forgot all about that one moment of fear and went back to living in the moment of swimming on a beautiful lake on a sunny day.
Is this pretty Yellow Warbler at peace? It seems to be in this photo. I feel at peace looking at it. I love birds and my favorite color is yellow and I still remember the songs of many birds surrounding me as I took this shot.
He tried to draw me away from this nest. He hopped and flitted and tweeted. Is it possible to glimpse a moment in time and know what is in someone else’s heart? How often do we as humans for a fleeting moment see a glimpse of someone’s exterior and decide we know all there is to know? How often do we believe that everything is just fine because that is what we want to see?
The gosling all snuggled against his father’s breast — is he at peace? Indeed, moments before there was chaos and I think I can go as far as to say terror. I stood on the shore deciding whether to take two steps around a fallen tree to get a clear shot or wait for the geese to swim by. Suddenly, the geese were panicked. They frantically tried to reverse direction. The goslings were getting tossed about in their parents’ wakes. As I had walked though the woods, I had inadvertently scared a Great Blue Heron who flew directly over the geese within inches of their heads. I was so stunned I missed the shot. the gosling all snuggled up against his parent is there because the fear of his parents created a ripple effect in the water and it swept him away until he collided with his parent.
If I had to pick a photo that shows what peace looks like it is this one. At first, when I walked by the new goslings, the parents swam away and non-parental geese joined around them. I stood there peacefully at distance. And then a day or two later, the geese were content to swim by me. I stood there peacefully snapping my photos. In another couple of days, the geese allowed their babies to be on shore near me BUT with the parents looking very attentively at my every move. If I sensed them tense, I moved further away. The lake has a 10 mile circumference and yet one day — the parents turned and swam straight toward me as I stood near the shore. While the parents hung back in the water — the babies walked up onto shore. It was a phenomenal gift of peace and love and respect.
In truth, I cannot tell you what peace looks like. I can, however, tell you that when you feel it there will be no doubt that you will ever want to feel anything else ever again. I took this photo yesterday. If the heron and geese can forgive and live in peace — maybe there is hope for us humans too.
When I see the sunset or the sunrise I look at it with wonder because no two look the same. My Pa was a big follower of the sun and always taught me that if you are ever lost point the 12 of you watch toward the sun and 12:15 is North! That always gave him peace knowing that I knew how to keep from getting lost. So the sunsets and sunrises to me remind me of my Pa and that brings me peace and awe!
freedom from ALL forms of violence
freedom from labels
freedom from the beliefs of others
freedom from government rule, bullying, brutality
freedom from those who want power over us
freedom to live in a NON policed state
freedom from the religious beliefs of others
freedom from a lying, manipulative, prejudiced, privately owned media
freedom from racism, sexism, ageism and elitism
freedom of choice/ sexual preference/gender
freedom from hunger, poverty and lack of education
FREEDOM FROM PATRIARCHY
freedom from the political opinions thrust upon us by others
FREEDOM NOT TO BE CONSTANTLY LIED TO AND SPIED UPON BY OUR GOVERNMENT
the freedom to say NO to war
the freedom to send our children to schools that are not prisons
the freedom to have lessons in school INCLUDE all people
freedom to SHUT DOWN BIG BUSINESSES and THOSE WHO DESTROY/POISON OUR environment and us
(includes: logging, oil rigging, cutting down the rain forest, mining, fracking…causing earthquakes,
habitat destruction and GMOs etc.)
the freedom to have clean air and water
the freedom to live in a world where there is FREEDOM for all beings…freedom from torture, cages
and experimentation… because animals are not clothing, food, entertainment or our slaves. Freedom from being hunted.
Animals are individual beings here for their own benefit and purpose not for our self-centered, ego-maniacal USE.
Freedom to live in a society that is not run by lying, rich males who have their own agenda–an agenda that does not include the rest of the population who they refer to as, “the herd.”
the freedom NOT to be controlled by the status quo but to have real choices in life
THE FREEDOM FOR PEOPLE TO CONTROL THE GOVERNMENT AND THEIR OWN FATE and not be dragged around by the greed and whims of the RICH who believe they are IN CHARGE
(We need to remind the government that THEY work for US)
That’s what PEACE looks like to me. It looks exactly like FREEDOM!
After we have all of these things we can talk about rainbows because DUE to the things above, a lot of people/beings have never heard laughter or seen a rainbow.
There is inner peace, of course, but if all living things are not ALLOWED to live in peace, free from violence and fear, what good is taking care of ourselves as individuals? How does that work? Holding our centers when all around us suffer? I don’t get that. Being calm and sitting quietly while our fracking makes the earth tremble and crack, so that people can become rich and leave an environmental nightmare for those who come after us? I don’t get that either.
We have never actually had peace, so it’s difficult, if not impossible, to know what it would look like, or how it would feel. But I believe that without the above, we will NEVER have the chance to find out. As I’m typing this, we are currently signing petitions to stop our own government from passing a law that would allow them to SPY on us, innocent people, for years to come (apparently we need a way to stop them because they have been doing this for a long time and just FORGOT to tell us, or ask if we MINDED, until someone kindly ratted them out). We are being treated like criminals, being spied upon without just cause by a corrupt government that acts as if everything they do is for OUR benefit and not their own. Freedom? We have just as much freedom as those in charge allow us to have. They can take our freedom/rights away anytime they like, they just need to write a few laws, get the armed forces and police to hunt us down and that’s pretty much it. 1984. Even if we stop this one law from passing they will keep at it until they get what they want, unless they ignore law and do what they always do…spy on us anyway. We have no idea what our government is doing…NOT EVER. The scary part is, that as the older generations pass away, no one will be left to tell others that things don’t have to be the way they are. That there was a time when the government worked for the people and freedom was a REAL thing. The damning evidence will be erased from our history books and the generations that follow will think that living in a policed state and ratting out your family and friends are normal. They will think that being stopped and searched is the way life has always been. The truth, like all the truth behind us, will be buried by the rulers and history will say whatever they want it to say…just like it does now.