Fast 5 (Lessons in Peace) Updated Results!!

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We asked you to tell us the 5 most important things to teach children about peace…and have gotten lots of great ideas!

Here are the results so far:

1-Do not be a bully
2-Be kind and share
3-Don’t be afraid to get to know someone because they look different
4-Offer assistance if you see someone needs a helping hand
5-Don’t hang around with a crowd of trouble makers

 

mishunderstood
1. Speak peacefully.
2. Acknowledge and validate children’s feelings…whether sad, mad or otherwise.
3. Respond. The brain of a small child has elasticity. This is the most opportune time for change. Every time you respond to their pain, stress, sadness, etc. in a positive way it helps to form pathways that will last a lifetime and contribute to their mental health.
4. Expose them to nature. Nature works as a system of cooperation. Life thrives in nature.
5. Be open and approachable. Closed minds do not create peace.
 hitandrun1964

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1. BE KIND AND COMPASSIONATE TO ALL LIVING THINGS
2. LIVE YOUR OWN LIFE YOUR OWN WAY
3. ALWAYS QUESTION AUTHORITY
4. LET YOUR CREATIVITY SOAR
5 TRUST YOURSELFIf you do these five things you will have peace.

 

Mary Lou

Compromise ~ Share ~ Empathize ~ Respect ~ Last but not least, Set Boundaries.

 

flavikiwi
1- know that nothing is forever, everything changes that’s the only constant.
2- listen. but think for yourself
3- your liberty ends when the others begins
4- work for the best, expect the worst
5- know that your actions always have consequences

amommasview

1. To keep peace you have to nurture it constantly.
2. Don’t let it slip out of your hand. Because it is in your hand.
3. You can make a difference.
4. You can make this world more peaceful.
5. Every little peaceful action counts. Don’t ever think it’s not important enough.

 

Heartafire
1 Violence never solves problems 2 learn to control your anger 3 discussion is the mature and reasonable path to resolution of differences 4 work toward acceptance of other people’s opinions and values even if you are not in agreement. 5 if all else fails to resolve anger and aggression , walk away. There is always tomorrow to try again
 hitandrun1964

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l. Believe in yourself.
2. Have fun.
3. Be brave.
4. Celebrate diversity.
5. Be open to life.


 

 

Wordifull Melanie

Teach peace

  • Teach children about other cultures.  Differences should be celebrated and embraced.
  • Teach personal responsibility.  We are each responsible for our own actions.
  • Teach self-respect and foster self-esteem.
  • Teach kindness and compassion….in word and ACTION
  • Teach problem solving and that there is more than one way to a solution to an issue.

 

 hitandrun1964

1. READ…reading gives children a better understanding of the world

2. DON’T JUDGE OTHERS…people aren’t better than
one another, just different

3. ACT…doing something teaches children to stand up
for what they believe in and it teaches them to help whenever
they can…it shows them that they can make a difference

4. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH THINGS/PEOPLE
THAT/WHO ENHANCE YOUR LIFE/JOY…if people are happy they
are more peaceful and share that feeling with others

5. DRAW BOUNDARIES & RESPECT YOURSELF…teaching kids
to draw boundaries that others can’t cross protects them and stops
them from becoming pawns for other people…it’s the anti-doormat rule


Keep sending in your thoughts!

Just leave your answers in the comments below or email them in to artists4peaceproject@gmail.com 

We will compile the results at the end into one cohesive list and post 🙂

Thanks!

Melanie and Gigi

Fast 5 (Lessons in Peace) Results so far!!

fast5

We asked you to tell us the 5 most important things to teach children about peace…and have gotten lots of great ideas!

Here are the results so far:

 hitandrun1964

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1. BE KIND AND COMPASSIONATE TO ALL LIVING THINGS
2. LIVE YOUR OWN LIFE YOUR OWN WAY
3. ALWAYS QUESTION AUTHORITY
4. LET YOUR CREATIVITY SOAR
5 TRUST YOURSELFIf you do these five things you will have peace.

 

Mary Lou

Compromise ~ Share ~ Empathize ~ Respect ~ Last but not least, Set Boundaries.

 

flavikiwi
1- know that nothing is forever, everything changes that’s the only constant.
2- listen. but think for yourself
3- your liberty ends when the others begins
4- work for the best, expect the worst
5- know that your actions always have consequences

amommasview

1. To keep peace you have to nurture it constantly.
2. Don’t let it slip out of your hand. Because it is in your hand.
3. You can make a difference.
4. You can make this world more peaceful.
5. Every little peaceful action counts. Don’t ever think it’s not important enough.

 

Heartafire
1 Violence never solves problems 2 learn to control your anger 3 discussion is the mature and reasonable path to resolution of differences 4 work toward acceptance of other people’s opinions and values even if you are not in agreement. 5 if all else fails to resolve anger and aggression , walk away. There is always tomorrow to try again
 hitandrun1964

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l. Believe in yourself.
2. Have fun.
3. Be brave.
4. Celebrate diversity.
5. Be open to life.


 

 

Wordifull Melanie

Teach peace

  • Teach children about other cultures.  Differences should be celebrated and embraced.
  • Teach personal responsibility.  We are each responsible for our own actions.
  • Teach self-respect and foster self-esteem.
  • Teach kindness and compassion….in word and ACTION
  • Teach problem solving and that there is more than one way to a solution to an issue.

 

 hitandrun1964

1. READ…reading gives children a better understanding of the world

2. DON’T JUDGE OTHERS…people aren’t better than
one another, just different

3. ACT…doing something teaches children to stand up
for what they believe in and it teaches them to help whenever
they can…it shows them that they can make a difference

4. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH THINGS/PEOPLE
THAT/WHO ENHANCE YOUR LIFE/JOY…if people are happy they
are more peaceful and share that feeling with others

5. DRAW BOUNDARIES & RESPECT YOURSELF…teaching kids
to draw boundaries that others can’t cross protects them and stops
them from becoming pawns for other people…it’s the anti-doormat rule


Keep sending in your thoughts!

Just leave your answers in the comments below or email them in to artists4peaceproject@gmail.com 

We will compile the results at the end into one cohesive list and post 🙂

Thanks!

Melanie and Gigi

A wonderful world.

Flowers abound,

a wilderness of different colors,

and all the textures,

and the sounds,

of the insects and birds,

as all go on with

their position in the universe:

It is only man

that does not fit into

the picture:

How many have

never walked or studied nature,

with all its inter-relatedness,

which we try so hard to destroy,

often without thought

or even realizing

what we are doing.

Everyday plants and animals

are going extinct in

their natural environment,

causing our earth to become

at greater risk of destruction.

We, for all our knowledge,

have learned how to waste,

how to destroy,

how to kill,

and spend huge

amounts of money

on armies, weapons, war

and the destruction

and confusion that

these bring on the people.

If we spent more on

helping each other,

education and the realignment

of the world, and a lot less on armies and defense,

how much of a better safer world we would have.

People could fit back into the natural world,

could learn to love, honor and understand each other,

and together with the birds, bees, beasts and plants

could create a wonderful world for all.

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What if…kids

What if we started asking kids, who were having play dates, to talk about some simple problems in their local community, as well as communities across the globe, so that they would grow up being used to discussing, and solving, real problems with others, from childhood?

What if every school turned Friday afternoon into a time when students could present ideas to each other, concerning the problems humanity and the world faces?  What if the kids could broke up in to groups and work on the problems that interested them?

What if parents and adults became more interested in the world’s problems, and how to solve them, so that they could discuss the issues with their children?

What if brilliant guest speakers, those who were working on solving world problems, could speak, via television, to kids who were working on the same problems?  What if the kids could ask the speakers questions, and the speakers could ask questions of kids as well?  What if kinder and more gentle solutions to our problems could be found by experimenting with the ideas the kids presented?

What if kids were told the truth about war, about the people who start them, and the reason for them.  What if we just told the truth and explained that there are other ways to serve your country, as peaceful representatives, as well as becoming a warrior?  What if we presented alternatives?  What if we got them involved at a young age, writing letters  and working with kids in other countries, to solve world problems?

What if we told them the truth about governments, and institutions, and the rampant greed, power plays and death for profit mentality?  What if we taught them that money isn’t more important than clean water, safe air and food?

What if we told them the truth about the brutal suffering of animals, that are used for clothing, food, furniture and other things?  What if they knew about what they were eating and how the torture of innocent creatures was being hidden from them?  What if they were taught to respect living beings and to protect them and care for them?  What if they knew their death and torture were unnecessary?

What if we taught kids to be problem solvers, alternative seekers?  What if we taught them to always see more than one side of every issue?  What if they could see the lies for themselves and refuse to accept what was put in front of them, just because someone said they should?   What if we allowed an entire generation of kids to grow into adulthood,  truly educated and aware? What if  we allowed kids to see farther than we do?  What if we taught kids to refuse to blindly obey anyone?

What if we taught kids to reach out to those who were different than they were?  What if they learned to  seek out, and celebrate, diversity?  What if they started helping each other and didn’t care about their differences, but work together for something bigger than themselves?  What if we taught them that differences were beautiful?

What if we let kids find their creativity and learn about things that interested them?  What if we let them read the books they cared about, books that mattered to their lives?  What if we let them make their own rules for what they wanted to learn.  What if teachers had to work for and with the kids, instead of for the school and the government?  What if education was so wonderful that the kids could hardly wait to get to places of learning? What if learning/education was FREE, so that everyone could get an education, not just those with money or pull?  What if we taught kids that the ‘have nots,’ could be the’ haves,’ if only they were ALLOWED to be?  What if we taught them that an educated society was a rich and healthy society?

What if we allowed kids to be passionate about their lives?  What if they looked forward to living because they were free to be themselves and create their own way of doing things?  What if they could ask questions and not be punished for asking?

What if we stopped making kids into sheep because it’s safe?  What if we told them that the good things in life weren’t safe, because they were all about FREEDOM and freedom was something you had to fight for, if you wanted to have and keep it because the people in charge wanted all the freedom for themselves and refused to believe that there was enough to go around?  What if we taught them THAT?

What if we set them free?

What if we said, “the brainwashing stops NOW?”

 

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by hitandrun1964

Okay so…why we don’t have peace…a theory

In Ireland, a beautiful country with lovely cows, sheep, people, green grass and pubs, or so I’m told, there is a war going on between the Catholics and Protestants, right?  I’ve read stories where a person from each religion fell in love (because our hearts don’t know anything about religion but they do know a lot about chemistry).  The couple was caught, their heads shaved and they were tarred and feathered.   See, hate is okay, love is not.  Years ago, I also heard about, a program that brought kids from Ireland to the US, so that they could live with a family where one parent was Catholic and the other parent was Protestant.  They lived with them for a couple of months because some people wanted to teach the children that people were okay, no matter what religion they followed, and that no one had to die because of what they believed.  I believe the program was a success and that the children were amazed to see that things could be so different.  The kids were changed by their experiences.

We look at that internal war and wonder how people can kill each other over something that.  But the thing is…they look at us and wonder how we can believe and do the things we believe and do.  It’s like this, if  people aren’t taught to hate Catholics or Protestants…they won’t hate them.  Hate is taught.    We don’t go to  war over religion, in the US because no one taught us that we should, it’s that simple.   The people in Ireland, who are fighting the war, were taught different things.  If you had been born in Belfast, a person’s religion may matter to you and you may be wearing a uniform and carrying an automatic weapon, ready to kill because someone doesn’t think/believe the same thing you do.  Wars are usually fought for two reasons, either someone has something someone else wants, or someone believes something  that someone else doesn’t like/believe.

If you had been born in a different country you would believe what people in that country  believe. This shows us that the things we currently believe are relative to where we were born and what we were taught.  We don’t believe things because they are true, we believe things because we are told that they are true by people in a place where those things are believed to be true.

We aren’t born BELIEVING anything.  We are all born free of prejudice, violence and hatred.  We are open books and the people, institutions and society we grow up in,  fill in the blank pages. Wherever a baby is born, America, England, India, Ireland…well, that’s what the kid will turn into.  A child can be born in one country and raised in another and the baby will believe what ever it’s taught by the people who raise him or her, regardless of nationality or place of origin.

Beliefs are FLUID.  They CHANGE ALL THE TIME.  We need to reevaluate what we believe because we can clearly see that we would NOT believe the things we believe if we were raised somewhere else.

Debbie and I are vegetarians. She raised the kids as vegetarians from the start.  The kids think it’s wrong to eat, wear, or abuse animals in any way.  They were taught to protect and love animals, so that’s what they do.  They choose to do it, now that they are older,  because they were taught to do it from birth.  So among the carnivores, the kids remain animal lovers.  When Justin (youngest grandson) had do draw something in art class he drew a two cell cartoon.  In the first cell a rat is huddled in the corner of a lab and a man, in a white coat, holding a giant syringe, is looking at the rat.  In the second cell, their positions are reversed.  We were all very proud of him which, of course, reinforced our belief that it’s wrong to harm animals in any way.   No one told him to draw what he drew, he drew it because of the things he was taught about animal experimentation.  Everything we do and think  started with people telling us what was true and what was not, what was right and what was wrong.

When we move to new places, we learn new things.  We start to believe different things, when we live in different countries.  We change.  We can change our beliefs and the way we look at things anytime we like.  We can do that because nothing is really TRUE, we prove that all the time.  Things that are true one year are not true the next.  And yet, generation after generation we pass down ugly things without even thinking about what we’re doing.  We create our world by the things we make up and choose to believe.  We create our world by the things we teach our innocent children to believe.  It’s always up to us. Always.  Everything that’s happening everywhere is because of what people choose to believe and teach.  The things we believe often make people afraid of each other.  We pass along our fear to each generation, no matter how misguided or unfounded.   If we taught our children about love and peace…well, I can’t imagine what the world would be like.  Not really. I also don’t think we know how to teach peace, because none of us truly knows what it is.  We are way too full of the ideas of others to even think about what we want or what we believe.

Prejudice, hatred, fear are all taught.  We could have peace and an end to violence in one second, if we just thought about each other differently.  We could end violence against women, children and animals, if we just stopped doing it.  Committees and organizations can’t stop prejudice, hatred or violence and fear because they are mindsets that have been   taught to us from birth and reinforced through actions.  As long as we don’t examine our own beliefs and our behavior, as long as we don’t see that each of us is responsible for our own beliefs and behavior, nothing will ever change.  As long as society accepts and fosters prejudice, hatred, fear and violence, that’s the world we will continue to inhabit.  But just know, that we are being fed a diet of lies and negative beliefs by the media and powerful people because there is no money in peace, but there’s plenty of it in war.

I think we might try to be different, to help ourselves.  But some of the hatred goes too deep, for some people.  I don’t see how we can stop the violence or the prejudice.  I just wanted to point out why it exists.   We TEACH it.  We ALLOW it.  We celebrate the ugliness through film, our schools, institutions, lies and our legal system.  This is our fault.  No one can change it but us.

 

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by hitandrun1964

Okay so…

I don’t know about you but I’m sick and tired about hearing about all the PROBLEMS  in the entire world without having a SINGLE SOLUTION that is reasonable, workable and REALISTIC.  Instead of whining, moaning, wringing our hands and talking everything to death I think we should start with:

1.  Abolish history in all schools and call it PROBLEM SOLVING.  I believe that no one is being taught HOW TO SURVIVE AND SOLVE PROBLEMS, in any way AT ALL.  We need to teach kids how to USE THEIR GOVERNMENT AND THEIR PERSONAL POWER TO MAKE THE CHANGES THEY WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.  No more teaching ABOUT war…we need to teach how TO NEVER HAVE WARS IN THE FIRST PLACE.  Use the FAILURES (wars) of the past to teach how to not do that again.

2.  Teach, hands on, how to get laws changed.  How to form in peaceful group demonstrations.  How to write petitions and get them signed.  How to become an active part of the society they live in.  Show them examples of what changes were brought about by everyday people…how women got the vote, etc.  But, of course, you would have to update that since we are under constant surveillance today, and we are part of the electronic age.  We need new ways of doing things.

3  We need to point out the MISTAKES our GOVERNMENT makes and tell kids the TRUTH about what our government does.  GREED, KILL FOR OIL, GOODS, ETC.  WE NEED TO TEACH THEM THAT WE ARE LIED TO and that it’s up to them to stop believing what they are told and to find peaceful solutions to THEIR problems.  WE MUST START TEACHING KIDS TO NOT BE SHEEP AND BELIEVE EVERYTHING THEY ARE TOLD…so they can think of ways to make the world a better place.

4.  We need to STOP CELEBRATING WAR AND VIOLENCE…in books, films and real life.

5.  We must offer alternative ways of LOOKING AT THINGS.  Feed the people of the world?  HOW CAN WE DO IT?  Tell us what can be done and how. School project…how to feed the world.  Entire school project:  HOW TO END WAR!  All grades.  Gimme whatcha got kids.  Tell us how to do it…WHAT DO YOU THINK WOULD WORK?

WE NEED TO RESPECT OUR KIDS AND THEIR IDEAS FOR THE FUTURE!  WE NEED TO ASK THEM FOR ANSWERS.  WE NEED TO LISTEN TO THEM AND STOP TREATING THEM LIKE IDIOTS.  THEY ARE CONSTANTLY TALKED TO AND NOT ASKED FOR THEIR OPINIONS.

6.  WE MUST TEACH PROBLEM SOLVING because it’s as important as reading, writing, the arts and math.  Without problem solving skills WE HAVE NO HOPE!  THEY have no hope.

We talk endless about the problems the world faces and WE DO NOTHING AT ALL (small, underfunded groups work tirelessly to make changes and I’m grateful to them), but the reason we do nothing is because WE DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO.

7.  We need CLEAR CUT SOLUTIONS SOLUTIONS TO OUR PROBLEMS.  SOLUTIONS THAT PEOPLE CAN UNDERSTAND AND WORK ON/WITH.  People feel helpless, disconnected and that’s being done to us, ON PURPOSE, for a reason.  That’s why WE ARE NEVER TAUGHT HOW TO USE OUR GOVERNMENT FOR CHANGE.  HOW TO ACTUALLY SOLVE OUR PROBLEMS instead of just looking at them and then walking away with NOTHING TO DO BECAUSE THERE ISN’T ANYTHING WE CAN DO.

8.  WE HAVE TO STEP UP AND DEMAND THAT OUR SCHOOLS WORK FOR OUR KIDS AND TEACH THEM LIFE SKILLS TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE AND STOP REPEATING WAR STORIES AND HERO WORSHIP FOR PEOPLE WHO WERE NOT GOOD PEOPLE BEHIND THE SCENES.  Kids need to build their own schools from the inside.  Their input should be paramount.  They need committees to meet with teachers and staff and discuss student rights and subject matter AND NOT JUST THE HONOR STUDENTS.  EVERY STUDENT GROUP NEEDS REPRESENTATION.  They need to be able to speak up about abusive and bad teachers.  They need to BE PART OF THEIR OWN EVERY DAY LIFE AND EDUCATION.  TEACHERS NEED TO BE EDUCATED ON HOW TO TEACH PROBLEM SOLVING.

9.  We need to stop lying to ourselves and to our children, if we are serious about bringing about any kind of change in the world or our own backyards.  We need to be role models and show our kids that we CARE, and are willing to take action, to solve the world’s problems.  Watching TV doesn’t TEACH OUR KIDS ANYTHING AT ALL.  Taking them to a demonstration or rally will open their eyes to new possibilities.  We need to tell our kids the truth and overturn the gossip and lies they hear on TV or from others.  Lies about gender, race, age…lies, etc.  We can’t afford to just, “let it go.”

10.  People are starving all over the world…and?  What, exactly,  are we supposed to do about that?  Do you know?  Can you trust the charities that say they will help, but actually keep the money for themselves?  Who can we trust?  How can we feed people?  Did any teacher ever teach you how to problem solve that one?  How about your parents?  Anyone?  OR WERE YOU FORCE FED SOCIETIES RULES AND GOALS, SO THAT YOU WOULD STAND IN LINE AND WAIT TO BE TOLD WHAT TO DO NEXT? BECAUSE THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT SCHOOLS TEACH.  Nice little robot.  If you don’t follow the rules…punishment follows (just like in real life).  Where’s the punishment for our government?  Who punishes them for our war torn, poisoned, starving earth?  Regular people don’t start wars.  You and I can’t start a war that will kill thousands upon thousands of our kids…nope, that’s our friendly government who doesn’t ask us our opinion…they just take our kids.  Who punishes them?  Who has any power OVER them?  Who can CONTROL them?  Aren’t they supposed to WORK FOR US?

11.  We need to put up or shut up (from my sorted teen age past).  Put our money where our mouths are or stop talking about the misery and suffering and get over it.  Talking doesn’t help anyone.  It make people even more depressed than they already are.  Come up with workable solutions to ANY of our problems and let us know what we can actually DO to make a difference or PLEASE STOP SHOVING IT IN OUR FACES.  Imagine a world where no one watched the news.  NO ONE.  Seriously…think about that.  I haven’t watched in years.  They can’t manipulate you and lie to you unless you let them.  They can’t make you HATE ANYONE, if you stop watching. The guys who OWN the stations ALLOW you to SEE WHAT THEY WANT YOU TO SEE.  That’s the absolute truth.  People aren’t watching news they are being manipulated and brainwashed. So, stop watching.  We won’t even know we went to war.  Maybe no one will show up.  Every time you see a political figure, change the channel and watch cartoons, there’s more truth in what the cartoon characters say, than the acting you’ll see with the other guy.

Think about these things.  Think about how you were NEVER taught to make changes in the world.  Think about what you can do to bring about change, tax big businesses that pollute our air and water and kill our kids…think about what you can do about THAT.  Teach your kids the TRUTH.  They have to take care of their own world by wrenching it out of the hands of rich, white, males who are too powerful for their own good.  Teach your kids that if they want a better world, if they want peace and food for everyone, that THEY WILL HAVE TO BE THE ONES TO MAKE IT HAPPEN because we have let them down.  We are leaving our kids a terrible legacy.  A poisoned planet, run by greedy, thoughtless power-hungry people and our schools are in step with that.  Law and Order, follow the rules, do as your told…baaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

Stop being part of the problem.  Work for change in your school.  Go to them individually.  Get guest speakers, BE A GUEST SPEAKER, tell the kids what they’re up against and that they need to THINK of ways to make things better FOR THEMSELVES BECAUSE WE HAVE MADE A MESS OF THINGS!

Oh, and don’t forget to tell them how dangerous it will be to work for peace.  How dangerous it will be for them to try and bring about positive changes in the world.  Because it will be. I have been an activist for most of my life, so I know. And tell them how long it might take, because they will be fought, by powerful forces who will kill to keep the status quo in place.  It is dangerous.  It is tough.  They will be told that it’s impossible, but truthfully, the alternative is slavery of the entire human race.  But you know what?  If our choices lead us to that end, people will forget what freedom was ever like, so no worries…most people hardly know that’s already begun.   The time has truly come to make a choice.  There are always turning points in her/history…I think this is one of them, but of course, we all have to decide for ourselves…at least while we still can.

Um, have a nice day.

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by hitandrun1964

“Make It Stop . . . “

 

Not even a mile from my home,
Three kids killed – total five dead,
Murder-suicide it’s said.
Sheer madness,
We’re out-of-our heads,
People getting angrier
Every day,
Not much else to say.
Emotional tools absent,
Too proud to ask for help,
So he put bullets into everyone,
Finishing with himself.
Ignorance sets us up
And pride pulls the trigger,
If we don’t teach a different way
The tragedies will just get bigger.
Peace,
Peace,
Peace . . .

 

 

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