Tomorrow is International Peace Day.
My church wanted to acknowledge this day. And so a politician who works with our Youth For Human Rights group was invited to come to our church and speak to us. This politician is a woman.
Her audience was small, but we are good listeners. She decided to tell us about efforts being made to include women in the peace-making process. She told us that in the year 2000 the United Nations had officially committed itself to include more women in policy-making roles, and in peace-making. She told us that, more recently, the Obama administration had made a similar commitment. She was proud of these announcements. She felt they were something that we could build on. Women often feel the brunt of war, she said. They should have a say in making peace.
Like many people, I had never heard of the International Day of Peace. It was first declared in 1981, by the United Nations General Assembly. It was originally intended to fall on the opening day of the annual meetings of the United Nations General Assembly. Later, a Briton – founder of Peace One Day – got the idea to give the day a specific date, and the UN agreed to this on 11 September 2001.
The irony of this timing is so striking that it is hard to believe that it was a coincidence.
The site linked to above tells the story of Peace Day, starting with the campaign to give it a specific date, and coming up to the present. This year, the intention is to have a Global Truce on this date.
In the real world, peace work depends on a set of technologies loosely known as “conflict resolution.” Scientology has a technology to contribute to this subject. It is called “Third Party Investigation” and is described briefly in this post. You can find out more about this technology at the Volunteer Ministers website here.
When I don’t cry on hearing of more women and children killed, more cities destroyed, more threats of violence by national leaders, it is only because I get tired of crying all the time.
We can solve this. We just have to discover more effective things to do about it.
Here is something Ron wrote in 1950, and one reason why I consider him my friend:
There is a higher goal, a better goal, a more glorious victory than gutted towns and radiation-burned dead. There is freedom and happiness and plenty and a whole Universe to be won.
He who would not see it is far from worthy to rule. He would indulge his hates is too insane to advise.
How much can Man conquer? He loses if he conquers Man. He wins if he conquers his own fears and conquers then the stars.