International Day of Peace

Today is the United Nations’ International Day of Peace. There are many events occurring around the world today to celebrate peace, and it is also a day of global ceasefire. I did not do anything special for peace today, but I think about peace much more frequently than once a year. However, I think it is important to have a day like today with organized events about peace, in the hopes that it will inspire more people to think twice about violence and to recognize peace as an important path to pursue.

I will leave you with an insightful quote about war from Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell:

“All wars are sacred,” he said, “To those who have to fight them. If the people who started wars didn’t make them sacred, who would be foolish enough to fight?”

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One Response to International Day of Peace

  1. A.S. says:

    I enjoyed this quote. In terms of the “war on terror”, Bush´s biggest mistake was to frame this war in the context of “good” versus “evil”. He also used the word “crusade” a few times until he was told not to use it. These are highly charged religious terms, which have effectively turned his wars into “sacred” wars for many Americans. A more appropriate term for our response to 911 would be “a criminal investigation.” With this mindset, our country would not have engaged in the misguided war in Iraq, nor made enemies of the countries included in Bush’s “axis of evil.”

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