World Peace

Is the world more peaceful?

Imagine, just for a moment, that you’re a visitor from another planet. You’re from some other place far out beyond our solar system, from a place beyond our comprehension. Or maybe you’re from a different level of existence altogether. You might look just like humans here on Earth, or maybe not. Maybe you’re invisible. But [...]

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Celebrating bin Laden’s death only puts us in the same camp

The fire of hatred and violence cannot be extinguished by adding more hatred and violence to the fire. ~Thich Nhat Hanh What was your emotional response to the news that Osama bin Laden is dead? Here’s how it went for me. I was half-awake, bleary-eyed, sipping coffee, and going through email before starting some work. [...]

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To Japan, with love and chopsticks

In separateness lies the world’s great misery, in compassion lies the world’s true strength. ~Buddha Last Saturday, I watched the news about the earthquakes and tsunami more times than I can count. Each time, I watched until I could stand it no more. I grabbed a tissue to dry my eyes, shut the TV off, [...]

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Kids Today! What’s Wrong With Them?

We are dangerous when we are not conscious of our responsibility for how we behave, think and feel. —Marshall Rosenberg, Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life It was a warm weekend in May back in 1976, and school was almost over. I was in 8th grade going to 9th, and I was really pumped up [...]

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Thank God Almighty We Are Free At Last

We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I Have a Dream “Can I touch your hair?” “Sure.” Tony laughed. He dipped his head down obligingly. I touched. Gingerly, [...]

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