As the Holiday season has been and gone now, most people will begin to forget the messages of world peace and love, no matter what their religion may be. Most religions are on same wavelength as each other when it comes to peace and love (believe it or not) but don’t want to band together because of their differences. I think Homer Simpson said it best with his “Eat chicken” idea in the Simpsons when trying to unite world religions. It’s a simple idea to allow everyone to join together but no-one does it. But why not? In todays world we need something, a common ground to unite everyone in the face of those who would have us tear each other apart. If you think I’m being over-dramatic then just think about the world we live in. In living memory we have seen some the most horrible terrorist attacks ever inflicted. There was 9/11, the Boston Marathon bombing, and just before Christmas we saw an extremist take people hostage in a cafe in Australia, and a school in Pakistan attacked resulting in the deaths of nearly 150 people. Most of those people were children. This is not War, this is slaughter.
This scares me. Of course it does. But I’m not scared for myself, I’m scared for my children. What if my daughter is out for the afternoon with her friends and a terrorist starts shooting the place up, or sets off a bomb. All the people who have died because of terrorist activity were going about their day when they were unfairly ambushed and attacked by some nut-job trying to prove a point. These people had no idea that they were about to be attacked. They felt safe and comfortable doing whatever it was they were doing when tragedy occurred. That is not War, that is murder.
United we stand, divided we fall. But what is there that can unite us? What symbol can we use that will show, despite everyones religious differences, that we are united in a quest for peace? For me, my mind jumped to the 1960’s peace symbol. The time when people protested against the Government and love was the answer to everything. Make love, not war was the hippie answer. And was it such a bad one? I could go all science on you here but I won’t. Let’s just say there are so many studies into human behaviour that prove how positive encouragement can affect a human that it would be stupid of us to ignore them.
So what am I asking here? Let’s give peace a chance. Smile more. Hug everyone. Wear a peace symbol, not because it’s cool, but because you want peace.