Give Peace a Chance


 

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I’m sure most of your are aware of the recent  72-hour “Cease Fire” that nearly happened between Hamas and Israel.

 

The thing about Cease Fires and Peace in general is that it takes work, and understanding and a desire to accept wha t the other person can give as a first step in a longer road.

 

Peace is not a destination, is it a long path that must be followed and which takes many steps and stumbles along the way.  It is possible, but it takes not just the will and the desire, but the commitment to the path as well as to the destination.

 

Any cease fire, between nations or tribes or spouses or friends, includes a certain amount of compromise, and we all must be able to recognize that the final result — the cessation of hostility and the return to a normal, peaceful and secure existence for both parties — is worth not getting everything we want.

 

Each person must make the decision to work towards peace each day.  Each country must decide each day that the process of peace is worth the effort.

 

Peace must start — can only start — with the internal peace that we, as human beings, all strive for.  Each day, we must try to find the peace within ourselves and to project that, to share it, with the rest of the world.

 

Each day, we must all — individuals and countries alike — decide to Give Peace a Chance.

 

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Rights for Women Won’t End on November sixth


November 6, 2012 does decide who will be our President for the next four years.What won’t be decided is what will happen to women and our rights and issues.

In 2013, we face another important battle in Congress. We need to have passed the legislation to make women legally equal. Think it is not necessary? That is what they said about women voting. Essentially, they said we weren’t smart enough to vote. Not only are we smart enough but we are smarter than some men. Nothing personal.

Women are still going to require access to contraception. The whole “be fruitful and multiply” thing is well past the point of no return. We have seven billion plus human beings on this planet and I believe we have fulfilled the directive.

Children around the world are dying from hunger, lack of clean water, violent revolutions, greed, bigotry, racism and in some countries if a girl is born she will be left to die. Baby girls die alone, unwanted and unloved. Even if their mothers want them, the husband will throw both of them out, if necessary.

Here in America, the most prosperous country in the world, our children aren’t golden. They often lack proper education, health care, food, love, encouragement. Why you ask? Because they weren’t born into rich families, but into poor and disadvantaged families. Most of society turns away from the reality of what these children lack and what they suffer.

Domestic Violence is gaining victims. The laws we worked so hard to get on the books, are often not being enforced. Young girls are not being told no one has the right to pinch, punch, slap, rape, hit, demean, kick, or call them names. We must tell these girls there is help and they should not be forced to live in violence. There are help lines and shelters where then will be helped and legally protected in every state and in almost every town.

Human trafficking is where many boys and girls end up. Sold into sexual slavery and facing decades of being objectified and beaten by any man who has the money to pay for their services. These kids live in hell on earth. Their innocent souls corrupted and ravaged by men who only care about themselves and what their money can buy them.

All people have the right to live authentically. No one should have to pretend to fit in. Everyone needs to be accepted for who they are. Parents, society and governments need to make this possible…

I have barely scratched the surface, but I will continue to address these issues as time goes on.