TOWARDS A CULTURE OF PEACE: OUR ANNIVERSARY CHALLENGE
August 2004 marks the 4th Anniversary of Yonip.com as a Philippine Peace and Sovereignty Website. It also marks our half a millionth cyberspace visitor to access and read our website since it was displayed on the net. As of last August 19, 2004, Yonip.com has had its 504,455th visitor from more than one hundred countries of the world. But we are more challenged than ever because the world has become a more dangerous place since then with violent conflicts and continued transgressions of people’s rights and national sovereignty. We shall give more substance and creativity to Yonip.com so that it becomes a venue for truth to leak out, for falsehoolds to be unveiled, so that the “Truth shall set us Free. ”
Today, as we mark our 4th anniversary in cyberspace, we resolve to become more relevant than ever, to counter and expose the lies and distortions by those in power which are used to enrich themselves and make our planet closer to extinction. We cannot allow evil to move about unchallenged.
How we wished that the Olympic Games could be the civilized venue where nations could settle their disputes. Power could be given a deeper meaning if it recognized the moral significance and value of both individual and collective national achievement that is embedded in the victory and successes at the Games. Greece, where the Olympic Games was born, had a culture that recognized individual human greatness, a culture that emphasized the power and value of human life and happiness on this earth.
Violence destroys not only human beings but also the symbols of human achievement. Violence not only pulverizes man’s highest potential and achievements but also creates a cycle of hatred and destruction that diverts the nation’s and world’s resources away from basic human needs towards the machines of death.
It is towards a culture of peace that we keep on resonating in cyberspace, that we shall keep on pursuing. We uphold the value of human life on earth, and the value of reason as the means by which human beings shall further their lives and the potential nobility of the human spirit.
TO ALL THOSE WHO ARE KEEPING YONIP.COM ALIVE, MABUHAY KAYO!
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, YONIP.COM!