7. Jean (USA)


7. World peace is free


23/12/02

 

2 H 30 - I woke up wide awake. The first thing I thought of was, "Oh, yech. I was supposed to have a Solstice dream and I didn't do it." Then, you know how suddenly a dream that didn't seem to be there before suddenly pops into consciousness ? Well, that's what happened to me. Here's the dream :

A male newspaper reporter is frustrated by the fact that his newspaper won't report the "good news," the news of people trying to make peace. He is feeling like giving up, when he realizes that he can start a column on the Internet, and have people from around the world contribute their stories. He decides, with pleasure, that he can start an Internet news column called : "World Peace is Free."

Comment
So there's my dream. Nothing very complex. Happy Solstice to all... Merry Christmas, happy Chanukkah, and World Peace is Free.

For me, the meaning of the phrase, World Peace is Free, is that. Although people are always talking about the costs of war, both in terms of human life and the price of armaments, World Peace costs us nothing. In fact, the essence of peace may be freedom. Of course, I recognize that there are several strains of philosophical discussion involved here. But, hey, it was just a dream.

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Version française

Je me suis complètement réveillée. La première chose à laquelle j'ai pensé a été : "Oh, oui, j'étais censé faire un rêve du Solstice et je ne l'ai pas fait." Puis, vous savez avec quelle soudaineté un rêve qui ne semblait pas là avant peut devenir conscient. Bien, c'est ce qui m'est arrivé. Voici le rêve :

Un journaliste-reporter masculin est déçu par le fait que son journal ne rapportera pas les "bonnes nouvelles," les nouvelles des personnes essayant de faire la paix. Il est prêt à abandonner, quand il se rend compte qu'il peut démarrer une colonne sur Internet et faire appel aux récits de personnes à travers le monde. Il décide, avec plaisir, qu'il peut commencer une colonne de nouvelles sur Internet appelée : "la Paix mondiale est libre/gratuite".

Commentaire
Voici donc mon rêve. Rien de très complexe. Joyeux Solstice à tous... Joyeux Noël, heureux Chanukkah et "la Paix mondiale est libre/gratuite".

Bien que les gens parlent toujours du coût de la guerre, en terme de vies humaines et d'armement, la Paix mondiale ne nous coûte rien. En fait, l'essence de la paix peut être la liberté.

 


Thoughts on Peace/Pensées sur la paix

 

Par Roberta Ossana

 

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. --Mother Teresa

The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend. - Abraham Lincoln

While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart. - St. Francis of Assisi

There is no way to peace. Peace is the way. - A.J. Muste

You must be the change you wish to see in the world. - Mohandas K. Gandhi

Without inner peace, it is impossible to have world peace. - Dalai Lama

Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people. - Jawaharlal Nehru

All we are saying is give peace a chance. - John Lennon

Nothing that I can do will change the structure of the universe. But maybe, by raising my voice I can help the greatest of all causes - goodwill among men and peace on earth. - Albert Einstein

Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Instead of loving what you think is peace, love other men and women and love God above all else. Instead of hating all the people you think are warmongers, hate the appetites and disorders in your own soul which are the causes of war. -Thomas Merton

Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all. - George Washington

In peace, sons bury their fathers; in war, fathers bury their sons. -Herodotus

Peace is more important than all justice; and peace was not made for the sake of justice, but justice for the sake of peace. - Martin Luther (1483-1546)

At some ideas you stand perplexed, especially at the sight of human sins, uncertain whether to combat it by force or by human love. Always decide, "I will combat it with human love." If you make up your mind about that once and for all, you can conquer the whole world. Loving humility is a terrible force; it is the strongest of all things and there is nothing like it. - Dostoyevsky

 

Jean : JCCampb@aol.com



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