Where Have All The Flowers Gone?
Buffy Saint Marie
What’s Going On?
Blowin’ in the Wind
For What It’s Worth
Let There Be Peace On Earth
From a Distance
Philosophers speak of evident and crucial truths
that wait patiently below the horizons of human awareness.
One such truth is now emerging:
that humanity must end the scourge of war.
How do we do this, how do we take on such a seemingly impossible challenge, particularly in the face of the cynic, the terrorist and the anarchist,
who will always be among us?
In the words of Dag Hammarskjöld,
“Our work for peace must begin within the private world of each one of us.”
And it must flow from there
into a dramatic enlightenment across the continents,
fueled by the natural dedication of the vast
majority of humanity towards living in peace.
Imagine a creative groundswell of millions of us --
through social media and traditional public media --
demanding of ourselves and of our leaders
that we solve our challenges
within the dialogues of peace,
not the monologues of war.
For behind and beyond the simplicity
of this premise, lies the essence of peaceful revolution:
that so many women and men across the continents will create
such a public stir that leaders everywhere --
especially in this transparent age where it is tough to hide --
will do everything in his or her power to make peace
not only a priority but an essential outcome.
So this revolution of peace will spotlight the issues and actors
in war-threatened arenas,
but also, working with our peacebuliding partners,
will identify and implement enduring solutions.
Even so-called “just wars” are fair game, for it is well within humanity’s creative grasp to contain those inevitable lunatics and fanatics
who think killing each other proves anything more
than their lunacy and fanaticism.
For inspiration to act, listen again to the songs at the left
and remember as well these powerful
voices of the call to abandon war:
Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, HelenKeller,
Albert Einstein, Aung San Suu Kyi, Albert Schweitzer,
Emily Green Balch, Bertrand Russell, Susan B. Anthony
and Linus Pauling.
One of the ways in which we encourage this enlightenment
is through the ancient tradition of sipping tea, of coming together
to listen, to share our stories, to look into each other’s eyes and hearts,
to understand our past and investigate our future,
allowing us to rekindle and rediscover ways to live and let live.
So please join in this revolution of peace, common sense and kindness
by establishing your own tea council; by volunteering;
by purchasing our first aspiring tea, Ahimsa;
or by donating directly to increase our momentum and outreach.
Here is what The Dalai Lama said
recently at the end of a talk.
Someone from the audience asked,
"Why didn't you fight back against the Chinese?"
His Holiness looked down, swung his feet just a bit, then looked back up at the audience and said with a gentle smile,
"Well, war is obsolete, you know."
Then, after a few moments, his face grave, he said,
"Of course the mind can rationalize fighting back...
but the heart, the heart would never understand.
Then you would be divided in yourself, the heart and the mind,
and the war would be inside you."
International Peace Bureau
Karuna Center for Peacebuilding
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
World Peace Foundation