This is an interesting talk from 2o10 by Jody Williams who won a Nobel Peace Prize for her work to eradicate landmines.
I do not agree with her comments early on in the video where she discusses what world peace really means. She argues that it is not personal serenity, but justice and equality. I firmly believe that World Peace will become a natural by product of people around the world finding Inner Peace in their lives. And although this may sound harsh, although justice is important, I do not think World Peace is dependant on equality and enough people having enough resources to live dignified lives. I think the sad truth is that resources are finite and limited, yet certain countries act irresponsibly in terms of population growth. I don’t think you can have limited resources or have land which is not suitable for food production and have a high population and expect equality. Yes I do think there are some unfair corporate practices which have lead to some countries being exploited and I think those issues need to be addressed. But if a country acts irresponsibly in terms of population control, then it must be prepared to suffer the consequences. Not living within the means of what the country you live in can provide, and trying to seek an equality of lifestyle with what other countries have, is what some wars have been fought over. How many wars have we seen over oil and other natural resources.
I do however agree with her latter comments on the need for action, and that if enough of us got off our butts and volunteered as much time as we could, we would change this world, we would save this world.
Oh My God, no that is not the title I have chosen because it has been so long since I last made a blog post, it is the title of a documentary I watched last night. Peter Rodger, goes to many different countries and asks the simple question “What is God?”
While I am not a follower of any religion, I found the documentary fascinating, and religion and world peace are two topics which are intertwined. One of the comments from an aboriginal person from Australia, where I am from, stated “All wars are fought over religion or land”
He also interviews a number of celebrities, including Hugh Jackman, Seal, and Ringo Starr who says “God is Love”.
I would like to thank Kari from ThePrimeSpot.com for notifying me of the video below and asking to help spread the word about the International Day of Peace on September 21.
Another interesting video which gives you some background on the origins of the International Day of Peace can be seen at this TEDTALK. The world needs more passionate people like Jeremy Gilley.
This is an awesome song, originally written in 1966 and inspired by a riot between the police and club goers, it later became associated as being an anti war song.
Apparently the words “For What it’s worth” are not sung during the song, which is known more by its chorus line of “I think it’s time we stop, children, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down”
There is a good music clip of the song set against protests scenes from the vietnam war here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30W3iRL48gQ
When I look at the protest images, I cant help but thing what went wrong. At what point did we become so apathetic about war.
The recent discovery on a particle which is believed to be the Higgs Boson, is quite fascinating. I am not entirely sure that it has been confirmed that it is the particle that they were looking for, but the Higgs Boson, or the God particle as it is commonly referred to by the media could provide us with valuable information on both the formation and future of the universe. I do not like the “God Particle” tag that it has been given. Below is an interesting video explaining the Higgs Boson.
With all new knowledge, there seems to also be risks. Could this new discovery be used for great things, such as space exploration, or for bad things, like weapons of even greater mass destruction. Below is a video from an australian tv show with Dr Karl which questions the future possibilities of this scientific discovery.
I received an email from Maurice who suggested I add a Facebook Like Button to the page.
When I added the Like Button, looks as though this site already had 117 Likes. Can we possibly get that number to 1,000?
Only time will tell. Thank you Maurice for sending me the email. Yes, sometimes I may take a little time to respond, but I do read all emails.
I thought I would take a look at the newsletter subscribers, keep in mind there are not many subscribers to the mailing list.
But I was interested in seeing if I could get an idea of what countries have the most number of people who share a passion for world peace.
Now of course, the data is too small to draw any conclusions, after all there are only currently 30 subscribers to the newsletter, but the USA accounts for 13 of those 30 subscribers, so I would have to say at this stage, most of the people who visit who are passionate enough about peace to sign up for the newsletter, seem to be from the USA.
The link to the newsletter is here http://www.worldpeace.com/newsletter Oh and I promise I have not and never will spam anyone. It is only used to contact members for something important, never more than once a month, and more likely once a year at most.
The Bee Gee’s were and still are one of my favourite bands. They had the voices of angels and their harmony, well you just dont see that in modern day bands, like you did with the brothers Gibb.
The soundtrack from Saturday Night Fever was when I first became a Bee Gees fan. They got their first start in music here in Sydney Australia.
I was listening to a radio tribute when Robin passed away, I am not sure which of the Bee Gee’s were speaking and at what period of time when it was recorded. But one of the Gibb brothers was talking about how if they could do anything in life, it was always music. And even if you live to a hundred years, that really is not a very long time, you really need to be doing what you love.
It really was inspirational, unfortunately I could not find any details or a video of that speech, if anybody does, please post in the comments below or send me an email.
What are you most passionate about in life? Are you doing it now? Please comment below.
For me personally, I am most passionate about peace and nature. I also love anything to do with astronomy, and the answer to the question that I posed, is for the most part NO. While I do spend some time focussing on those areas which I love, it is nowhere near enough time. I guess I am bound too much by the shackles of expectations, however I do plan on breaking free and finding more time for this site and the book I am writing.
If I were to compile a list of my top ten favourite peace songs, “We’re all in this together” by Ben Lee would definitely be in my top ten.
It is an awesome song, below is a clip of the song from a tv commercial. Ben Lee is also from Sydney Australia just like me :p
The lyrics are very beautiful and inspiring, and the music is timeless.
woke up this morning
i suddenly realized
were all in this together
i started smiling
cos you were smiling
and were all in this together
im made of atoms
youre made of atoms
and were all in this together
i know you think
about jumping ship before it sinks
but were all in this together
ask a scientist
its quantum physics
were all in this together
theres never been protection
in all the history of human connection
its alright to show me
you dont ever need to be lonely
once you start to open your heart
“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”
An absence of war, based on force and military threat is not peace. As Albert Einstein said, peace “can only be achieved by understanding”
To me that understanding, I interpret it as understanding that while there are differences between people all around the world, we really are similar on so many levels. We all want a comfortable peaceful life. I also see it as an understanding, that we really are all in this together. We the human race are on this small blue planet together, and while there is no doubt that there is other life out there in the universe, as far as technology has advanced, we have yet to discover any other planets that have intelligent life. Why would it take a massive disaster or an alien invasion like you see in the movies, for us all to realise that these borders between countries mean nothing and that we are all inhabitants of planet earth. Why cant we understand that now……
It is rather bizarre that technology and science has evolved so much, but our understanding and awareness has not. We are still behaving as though the earth is flat and if we go to the end of the earth we will just fall off the edge.