What if…

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Kinshasa, RD Congo

What if…all the soldiers in the world were to have dinner with those they were fighting against, on December 25th.  A dinner where they would share food, pictures of their families and tell stories about the places they lived.  If they could eat together and laugh together, would they still be able to kill each other the next day?

War is about killing strangers.  If soldiers became friends would war be possible?

 

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by hitandrun1964

Art for Peace

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Artists need to step up and create work that will help end war and violence. It’s up to us to follow in the footsteps of the artists who have come before us, those whose images still remain in our minds. It’s up to us to speak out through our art, even if it only reaches a few people…it’s what we have to give.

by hitandrun1964

On My Soapbox

With countries taking polarized stances and tension escalating around the world I don’t think that any news outlet can be trusted to provide the whole truth and nothing but the truth.  Now you might think that this is self-evident but have you done anything about it?  I would suggest reading news from more than one country to get some sort of balance.  It’s not particularly easy, given the language barriers, but there are quite a few news outlets that have output that is not in their native language. I’m thinking in particular of the Russian RT News outlet which I have found to be a great balance against Western media.  They often give prominent attention to events that the Western media have tried to downplay or ignore.  They also, obviously, have quite a different perspective on events in Syria, and so on.

If we don’t allow our media to stir us up into hatred then we are closer to finding solutions to world peace.  What do you think?  Do you have any links to non-western news outlets that you can share in the Comments section?

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Sarah

World Peace~Cascade

World Peace
World Peace

Weapons were silenced

A hush fell over the Earth

World peace was a reality

~

On battlefields every where

Soldiers began to sing

Weapons were silenced

~~

Refusing to fight anymore

For lands that were to be shared

A hush fell over the Earth

~~~

Rushing across the fields

Anxious to know their enemies

World peace was a reality

They studied war no more

~~~~

© Carol Campbell 2015

 

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Think about it…

we
have
to
make
room
in
our
hearts
for
everything
that
lives
on
this
planet

 

humans
do
not
own
the
earth

 

the
species
who
SHARE
this
planet
with
us
do
NOT
belong
to
us
they
are
not
ours
to
do
with
as
we
please

 

is
this
what
we
are
or
simply
what
we
have
become

 

is
this
what
we
were
programmed
to
be

 

the
killers
and
destroyers
of
all
life
and
beauty

 

the
wars
never
end

 

wars
against
each
other
against
nature
against
ourselves

 

why

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by hitandrun1964

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

P9260030

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

th-36

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