From real-life wars amongst ourselves to the war that we have waged on Mother Earth and Nature, we are often reminded of how humanity could be destroyed. The pertinent question must surely be: So how best can we protect our future, our survival?
With what is going on in the world today, nuclear war feels like a more realistic threat than for decades.-
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We are only visitors, why are we then destroying and abusing everything in our path?
Could we really destroy all life on Earth?
Yes, indeed, as long as we remain focused on our selective humanity and values
‘War is the failure of humanity’
N.B. Similar to the great wise teacher, the man of peace and humanity, Dr. Martin Luther King, I, too, ‘refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.’
‘Every war is a failure—of leadership; common sense; “policy”; concepts of “manhood” or “courage”; of “loyalty” and “patriotism; of imagination.’- Pressenza, Peace and Nonviolence journalism
…‘Millions of children are frightened and starving to death in Afghanistan because of sanctions imposed upon a new government. Millions are frightened and starving in Yemen, where western arms support allows Saudi Arabia to cripple food supplies. Children in Syria are frightened and hungry as the civil war drags on. Iraq is failing and the children suffer. In Africa, starvation and fear permeate the continent in places such as Nigeria, Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan. And everywhere the faces of children are a fierce and damning testimony to adult behaviour…’-All wars horrify us, but it seems not equally so
I don't know who wrote this, but it's so meaningful...‘We fell asleep in one world, and woke up in another.’ That, sums up our journey.
‘War is the failure of humanity’
As I watch the horryfying and soul-destroying images of war in Ukraine, I am taken back to the dehumanising and horrifying images of the invasion of Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya-supported directly or indirectly- by NATO forces. The same NATO that today is seeking to save Ukraine!
They were, it seems, on a mission: To ‘Civilise’ the ‘Barbarians’, bringing them democracy and market economy, very similar to what they were doing in many ‘non-white’ regions of the world in past centuries! A practice that has so tragically remained their hallmark up to current times. Lest we forget.
I am recalling the images of the Iran-Iraq war, the eight-year war that nobody cared to end. They said it was a good way of recycling the petro-dollars. They kept selling arms to both of them!
I am recalling the horrors of what is happening in Yemen, thanks to the abundant supply of weapons of mass destruction by many NATO countries to a few countries in the Persian Gulf, to recycle the petro-dollars again!
Still going back in history, I recall the horrors of slavery, the plundering and destruction of mother earth, and the dehumanisation of the indiginous people of North America, Australia and New Zealnd, to name but a few, by Europeans who are today wishing to be the saviours!
We are also witnessing the destruction and degradation of our host, our home: Our Mother Earth and Nature, our only source of life, living and survival.
The Abuse and Destruction of Earth and Mother Nature is as Big a Threat to Humanity as Wars
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Friends, our experience on Earth is brief, yet our presence here has an impact. Let’s vow to generate the energy of peace for ourselves and others around us. And at the same time, to support all who suffer from the ravages of war, regardless of their creed, colour or origin.
We must come together and tune into peace, love and wisdom with a spiritual revolution and save the web of life.
The time is now to begin and believe in ourselves, who we are, what we are. We must recognise that we have the real superpower in us to wage peace and usher in a new season of hope on Earth by sharing a common belief in the potential of each one of us to become self-directed, empowered, and active in defining this time in the world as an opportunity for positive change and healing and for the true formation of a culture of peace by giving thanks, spreading joy, sharing love, seeing miracles, discovering goodness, embracing kindness, practising patience, teaching moderation, encouraging laughter, celebrating diversity, showing compassion, turning from hatred, practising forgiveness, peacefully resolving conflicts, communicating non-violently, choosing happiness and enjoying life.
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