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Wars don’t have winners, only losers are left behind
Why would we wish for people to lose everything, including their families, in a war that has no winners, only losers?
This question made me think deeply about wars.
Of course, we learn history and know that most of the wars normally end with a country taking over the other one. However, if we zoom into every person who suffered from wars, we face deaths, broken families, glooms, and etc. Also wars force young people to give up their dream jobs, love, and even their lives. These cannot be replaced by anything in the world.
We always need to acknowledge that we can be one of the people. When we hear news about wars happening lately, we should be paying attention carefully and make efforts personally too. Making a voice by personal SNS can be one of the efforts.
Let’s be aware of wars, and work for peace together for our future generation.
The peace starts with the smile. Even if you cannot smile to someone, but try to make a smile to them every moment. Do it for peace that is you can do.
Teens who are Jews, Muslims and Christians get together for peace.
The group Hands of Peace, based in Chicago, had a farewell celebration on July 29. They wanted the young minds to help overcome the divisive political history in the Middle East in a conflict that has been bubbling over for more than 70 years and bring ideas for peace.
Now in its fifth year, the Hands of Peace program brings together 46 Israeli, Palestinian and American teens for a summer leadership conference that centers on daily conversations and team-building exercises to break down the walls of hate, prejudice and misunderstanding.
Sunday’s celebration was the first time the participants had an opportunity to share their experiences with an audience, which was made up of several hundred donors, host families, volunteers, parents, alumni and community members.
With the help of skilled facilitators, the high schoolers spent their mornings involved in deep dialogues about their feuding nations. Their afternoons were spent doing activities like rope climbing, cultural exchanges in the kitchen and visiting churches, mosques and synagogues together. At night, they stay with their American host families.
Near the end of the program, all of the participants gathered on stage to sing songs of peace. As they sang and swayed together, each teen held up a piece of paper on which they wrote the one word that described their experience in Hands of Peace. The words, some written in Hebrew and Arabic, included: New, change, love, proud, friends, growth, empathy, acceptance, powerful and peace.
There was time for the kids to be kids but they also worked on learning, listening and growing as empathetic human beings. It’s the next generation deciding how to end a decades old war with their futures on the line.
The stakes for these teens are high. It could be dangerous back home for some of the Middle Eastern teens if word got back that they were engaged in peace-making activities with the “enemy.” To protect their privacy at Hands of Peace, most used only first names and could not be photographed. Most group activities and all of their often-heated group dialogues were off-limits to everyone but the teens and a few adult facilitators.
Sunday’s keynote speaker was Gretchen Grad, who founded Hands of Peace 15 years ago in Chicago. San Diego is the only other city where Hands of Peace takes place but she hopes to expand the program to other U.S. cities.
Grad said the participants learn to listen to other ideas and ultimately realize that behind their religions, ethnicities, nationalities and political beliefs they’re all alike and want the same thing: peace and prosperity for their families.
Second-year participant Marwan, a 17-year-old Christian Palestinian from the West Bank, said “Every day that passes someone will get killed and his family will have the same terrible feeling that I do.” And he said “We should put an end to the bloodshed because with peace comes freedom.”
*Hands of peace : https://www.facebook.com/HandsOfPeace/
从此，人类所当然的和平生活不再是通过人的想法和计算，欲望能实现. “和平不是人意，是天意，是天才有真正的解答” 通过天地日报代表的话, 能看到人类和平的希望。
Did you miss the great event for world peace? You can watch the full event, the 5th Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace of Declaration of World Peace at the Youtube here!
If you didn’t know 525, you should mark the 25th of May on your calendar!
525, 25th of May is the day when the chairman of HWPL first delivered the Declaration of World Peace and many people walked for the World Peace in Seoul in 2013. The declaration isn’t just like other declarations for speaking out, but is sincerely for fulfilling the World Peace. And the peace works have been done a lot as he said he got the answer for achieving the World Peace. He said he wouldn’t start this peace work unless he had the solution.
So many peace activists have worked and received Nobel Peace prizes and the declarations for peace were delivered in various countries and groups for peace… but This Declaration of World Peace is totally different!
Let’s read the Declaration of the World Peace.. I attached the Image of the declaration from the HWPL website. www.hwpl.kr & the Newsletter in slideshare site.
Wow.. WordPress amazing function! You don’t need to click, move and read the article! just you can read the file here!! The Declaration is on the 2nd page of the newsletter. 🙂
As reading it, I realize I received amazing gift, “the life”, especially light, rain, and air provided unconditionally. And I really appreciate it and want to spread the truest teaching of heaven and peaceful mind to others. I wonder how you think about the declaration.
The declaration called for the four groups to do specific works for world peace.
First group: The heads of state of every country to sign an international agreement – a commitment to bring all wars to an end. (This international agreement is more specifically becoming “DPCW” which is declared on 14th of March, 2016. You can find out more about DPCW here: http://www.hwpl.kr/en/initiative/lawForPeace )
Second group: Youth to unite in an effort to stop wars and pursue the restoration of peace by registering to the one and only International Peace Youth Group.
Third group: Everyone to work to further the cause of world peace and restoration, making it a reality in your direct environments.
Fourth group: Media to report responsibly and promote a message of peace to the world.
Which group are you fit in? For me, I am in the 4th group. So that’s why I am introducing this event and the declaration! I’ve read news about the wars and conflicts which are still happening now in various countries.. So many youth and children have been death because of conflicts. And somehow I felt powerless to stop wars and save children from the dangerous environment when I first faced the real world through volunteering. Now I am confident that I can do something for the world peace and the World peace will be achieved by the above four groups who do those things written in the declaration.
So please keep on eye on our site, and spread the peace article to your friends. I will bring the latest World Peace news to deliver the hope for our better future to you!