Happy Birthday, New America
Dear Friends of Peace,
I recently celebrated my 30th anniversary of being cancer free. I am here today (in spite of that near-death experience and against all odds) because
I chose peace as my life’s path and purpose.
I mention this because this nation, too, faces a critical moment of life and death. July 4th is the birthday of the United States of America. We, as its citizens, must choose whether to turn our personal and national purpose to peace as a way of life, or to risk perishing in the flames of our own ignorance and aggression.
Buckminster Fuller said, “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
We at The Peace Company are dedicated to building that new model for society – one in which peace, compassion, justice, and the right use of power form the basis for our decisions and our actions, at home and around the world, and where war, violence, fear, and oppression become obsolete.
We are entering a critical period in America’s history. This coming election will profoundly impact the shape of our future – as a nation and as a human family. Over 200 years ago we said ‘No!’ to tyranny, and ‘Yes!’ to freedom. Today, we can take the next step on the spiral of our evolution and say ‘No!’ to the tyranny of the war path and all that goes with it, and ‘Yes!’ to the freedom of the peace path, and the values, norms, and behaviors that support it. Our leaders have shown that they will not do this in our name –as Michael Moore’s film Fahrenheit 9/11 so starkly demonstrates. Rather, it is the job of each and every one of us to choose peace, to live peace, and to hold our leaders accountable for peace.
Please join me in declaring Independence Day this year as the day we become free from the glamour of violence and free to pursue our higher dream of peace on earth, and consider what you can do to make it so. Here are some suggestions:
1. Give The Peace Book: 108 Simple Ways to Create a More Peaceful World to friends, neighbors, associates, and colleagues. It is a blueprint for a culture of peace, and a call to personal responsibility for making a difference. (See below for details).
2. Support the creation of a cabinet-level Department of Peace in our government. We need a formal political presence at the highest levels of decision-making to consider peace and nonviolent conflict resolution in all our domestic and international relations. (Visit www.dopcampaign.org or www.house.gov/kucinich/issues/peace.htm to learn more.)
3. Get active politically for regime change at home. Support the candidates that support the peace path. Use this season of political conventions and electioneering to make your voice heard, to promote a peace agenda, and to campaign for justice, inclusion, and dignity for all.
4. See Fahrenheit 9/11 if you haven’t already, and let it spur you to action.
I have recently returned from Cyprus and Ethiopia. In Cyprus I witnessed the victory of a citizen peacebuilding movement among the Turkish Cypriots. Beginning over a dozen years ago with a few brave souls, it is now a major social and political movement that managed to deliver a 65% vote in a community-wide referendum in favor of a peace agreement in that troubled island. In Ethiopia, I witnessed the victory of a few brave women in challenging and changing the centuries-old tradition of that form of violence against women known as female genital circumcision (click here to read the full and amazing story).
In both cases, I was inspired by the power of everyday people to shape the destiny of their individual and collective lives. We can do it here as well. Our re-birth-day is upon us. May it be a glorious new beginning!
CEO, The Peace Company
May Peace Prevail on Earth!
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A perennial favorite with which to share the spirit of peace
These nine beautiful batik flags are hand-painted on rayon and strung on a black string. Made in Bali by a group of family businesses. Each flag is approximately 10″ (28 cm) square with a total length of ~10 feet. Perfect for home, garden or office.
Includes the following nine panels:
English ‘Peace on Earth’ • Arabic ‘As-Salaam’ • Chinese ‘Huh Ping’ • Dove of Peace • Sanscrit ‘Shanti’ • Russian ‘Mir’ • Hebrew ‘Shalom’ • Latin ‘Pax’ • Rainbow Peace Sign
NEW! ‘May Peace Prevail on Earth’ Banner
This exquisite, brilliantly colored banner features the logo of the World Peace Prayer Society. Hand painted batik on white rayon by a family business in Bali. The banner is 24” tall x 28” wide. It has a top edge pocket for use with a dowel or rod to hang the banner or use as a flag (dowel/rod not included). Suitable for home or garden. Made in Indonesia. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this banner go to support the work of the World
Peace Prayer Society.
Many more items are available at The Peace Company Store…
THE PEACE COMPANY
The date posted here is due to our website rebuild, it does not reflect the original date this article was posted. This article was originally posted in Yonip on 7/2/2004