Though it still goes woefully under-reported and under-celebrated, today — Sept. 21 — is officially the United Nations’ day of peace and international ceasefire. And though our jaded collective contemporary consciousness may find the whole idea laughable in light of all the planet’s innumerable conflicts, a Brit named Jeremy Gilley has spent an enormous amount of time and energy creating this day, and I for one loudly applaud him. You can learn more about the day at his site, www.peaceoneday.org
All day today a live Web stream is available from this site, where you can view Peace Day activities and celebrations going on all over the Earth. Yes, they really are happening.
If you’d like to take part, but don’t have much time, you can sign up here to pledge to take one minute at noon today to pray for or simply meditate on peace. I’m going to do this. A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step, and we have to start somewhere.
Finally, I want to extend an invite to all who read this post. Next year, Sept. 21, 2011, I want to be a part of a real event celebrating the day–right here in State College, PA. If you share this desire, please post that fact here, so that we can begin the process of bringing that desire to life.
Peace is more than a nice idea. It’s more than a dream. It is the noblest of all human aspirations, and a goal more worthy than any other of our deep collective consideration and mutual effort. And it is entirely up to us to bring it about.
Thanks very much, and Peace Be With You.