September 21st International Peace Day

It seems like since man was introduced to the world we have been at war somewhere. Greed, pride, misunderstanding, hunger – you name it we find a reason to go to war. Today is a day to celebrate peace. Sadly we do not find peace in many places. Maybe man is not a peaceful animal. We look around and want what someone else has, and if we can’t win it through hard work or effort, we fight for it until we win it, or lose everything.

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We can blame the past, we can blame the future, we can blame what is going on right now, but the truth is, the failure lies with each and everyone of us. The least intelligent always blame someone else for their woes. We cannot atone for our forefathers mistakes, and should not be held accountable for them. We cannot change what happened to someone a hundred years ago, and should not be restrained because of them. We cannot win anything when we cost someone else something.

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The Great War was supposed to be the war that ended all wars. It was horrid from any stand point of view and in the end, it proved nothing. No one really won, everyone lost more than the victory. Because it involved so many, it is viewed as one of the worst wars ever to have happened, but in realty it wasn’t any worse because of the killing, that comes with every war.

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And apparently we learned nothing from it because a few years later we did it all again. Today we are headed for a third world war because of religion, power, and greed. No one gained from either World War but we seem determined to go there again. What does terrorism hope to gain? What does having a nuclear bomb hope to gain? What does any racism have to gain? None of us is worth more than anyone else. None of us.

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The United Nations was formed after World War 2. On September 21, 1981 it created International Peace Day. It went into effect in 1982 as the third Tuesday of September before being changed to September 21st, no matter what day it fell on, in 2002. I am not sure it has ever served the purpose it was meant to. There are still wars going on, still people who feel they are better than anyone else, or deserve something just because they exist. Resolution 36/67 is a great idea, but maybe not so practical until man learns a little more than they apparently know right now.

How to celebrate – Be thankful for what you have, more than what you could have. Stop blaming someone else for all your troubles. Try and figure out what you can do to help someone rather than hurt them.

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