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.