Dona Nobis Pacem

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Blog For PeaceToday, we’re blogging for peace.

According to Wikipedia, “peace can be a state of harmony or the absence of hostility. “Peace” can also be a non-violent way of life. “Peace” is used to describe the cessation of violent conflict. Peace can mean a state of quiet or tranquility — an absence of disturbance or agitation. Peace can also describe a relationship between any people characterized by respect, justice, and goodwill. Peace can describe calmness, serenity, and silence“.

Glad to see we achieved none of these goals. Absence of hostility? I opened the newspaper today and saw people getting killed in Israel, in Palestine, in Sudan, in Iraq, in Afghanistan, in Congo, in Pakistan… — the only reasons it stopped there is because the newspapers had ran out of space. Hey, no wonder, with about 50 countries currently at war for a reason or another. Are we living a non-violent style of life? Nope. It sometimes looks like there is no enough room for all of us on earth: our favorite games seem to be taunting, envying, blaming and killing each other. In every day’s life as in war zones, we like to be right and well, if we’re right, the opponent has to be wrong, isn’t it?

Hans plays with Lotte, Lotte plays with Jane
Jane plays with Willi, Willi is happy again
Suki plays with Leo, Sacha plays with Britt
Adolf builts a bonfire, Enrico plays with it
-whistling tunes we hid in the dunes by the seaside
-whistling tunes were kissing baboons in the jungle
Its a knockout
If looks could kill, they probably will
In games without frontiers — war without tears
Andre has a red flag, Chiang Chings is blue
They all have hills to fly them on except for Lin Taiyu
Dressing up in costumes, playing silly games
Hiding out in tree-tops shouting out rude names
-whistling tunes we hide in the dunes by the seaside
-whistling tunes we piss on the goons in the jungle
Its a knockout
If looks could kill they probably will
In games without frontiers-wars without tears

Why do we fight today ? Because they attacked us first. Civil war. Biological war. Because we want to protect our values. Holy war and war gods. Because they have the bomb and they’re not supposed to. Preventive war, atomic war. Because they torture. War crimes. Because we have weapons to sell. Economic war. War of attrition. Phony war. War games.

I’m tired of all these clichés about wars and the need to fight. A war as no morality, no matter how hard our leaders try to sell it. Nothing can justify violence, period. Wars are fueled by racial, ethnic, religious animosities or ideological fervor. How do you teach someone peace by fighting? How are we making things better? Is there really a civilization above all others who has the surpreme right? Don’t we all know, by now, that there is no right or wrong and that today’s legitimate reason to attack will be tomorrow’s legitimate reason to defend?

No, we don’t.

See, the war lords are demanding but they call the shots. Casus belli or not, here they come. Empires were lost but they stick around. All it takes is propaganda after all.

And I see them on CNN, 24/7 coverage. The other side of the food chain. They’re my age and they signed for it. Cannon fodder sent back home when broken. I feel for them cause it could have been me. I see these “casualties”, these “collateral damages”, these civilians killed and these families mourning — what have they done? Nothing. Just living. I watch them and I feel powerless. I feel mad.

Clean war(s) ? Not quite.

I’m mad, because we don’t have to fight. It doesn’t make any sense.

I’m hoping for peace. I hope you do too.

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French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.

29 Comments

  1. this is a very intriguing post. i hope for peace. but have read too many religious texts that claim that wars will break out in the end times. so i grasp onto what little hope i have, that i don’t go out a painful, victim, but rather peacefully, and quiet.

    the grander scale gives me a headache.

    sir jorges last great read…The Soccer Pro

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  3. Great to see you on board and what a nice Globe in your special and personal style!

    I am tired of all the fights too and I do agree with you, But: I won’t give up and say: ‘It work if we work it, so lets work it, we’re worth it‘!

    RennyBAs last great read…Dona Nobis Pacem

  4. I’m sick of war too. It’s so sad to me that a tiny minority of people bring such suffering down on the rest of the world. There’s a school of thought that says that we give power to what we focus on and pay attention to… so I’m trying to put my energy these days less into being against war, than into being FOR peace. I believe that most people in this world desire peace. We just have to harness that desire and speak it as we are today through Mimi’s wonderful Peace Blast. Sorry. Didn’t mean to make a speech. Peace.

    Ravens last great read…Peace Blast, Wordless Wednesday and Project Blue (Take Four)

  5. Unfortunately world peace is an ideal to be worked toward, but will not be realized until mankind can give up selfishness, greed, hate, and envy. But the peace that comes from within, the peace we can individually give to ourselves, our families, our friends and associates is possible and will help to bring about the ideal.

    Eves last great read…Dona Nobis Pacem

  6. Salut Zhu,
    I missed your post yesterday 🙁
    But you know, Peace day should be everyday. Events like the BlogBlast are to remind us of this.

    Yes I also hate war. I always thought like this.
    There are no easy answers, as the conflicts are numerous.

    But, I do believe in the power in each of us to everyday be instruments of good & peace. There are little things that we can do.
    Such good power,love and peace was created yesterday.
    May some of this keep on going everyday.

    Peace to you & to all 🙂

    barbaras last great read…Dona Noblis Pacem

  7. “Nothing can justify violence, period.” I can’t believe you believe that. Someone had to stop the Nazis, for example. Somebody had to stop the Taliban. It’s not as simple as just trying to live in peace with everyone when other people want to kill for no good reason.

    diesels last great read…Two Questions and an Announcement

  8. We had to finish what we started, and that’s protecting our country. Unfortunately, the war doesn’t insulate us from the economic repercussions, and that’s a different war altogether.

    If only the Arab countries can grow up already and take good care of themselves…

    Rudys last great read…It’s Not Lupus!

  9. All humans are born fighters? Why can’t we all be born to love Peace instead?

    Why do we fight? For love, freedom, food, money or simply a little self dignity?

    Now our act of calling for World Peace is also Fighting. A fight for Peace in this world.

    When will we ever stop fighting?

    Sherxrs last great read…Chicken soup for all

  10. beaverboosh on

    Let us blog for Peace, make music for Peace, eat for Peace, and make love for Peace today! Peace to my girl!

  11. Awesome blog for peace! Thanks so much for stopping by our history blog, and for your comment 🙂

    Sues last great read…WWII Tank Discovered

  12. Hi Zhu,

    All wars are economic, for the intent is always to dominate the “enemy” and subjugate his will. Whether it was triggered by racial intolerance or religious intolerance, the end result is always economic. For if the victor controls the economic purse, it also controls the military might, as well as the cultural, social and religious life of the conquered.

    Throughout the history of this planet, there had only been 244 years of Peace, a time when no war was being fought anywhere in the world. War is the exercise of an extreme economic policy against another country or state, thus the use of military might and weapons that kill or maim becomes necessary tools together with abuse and debasement of the dominated state to break their will and crush their spirit. It is the most savage act of inhumanity man can ever do to his fellowman.

    Ironically, it is only through wars where total peace can be achieved. The peace that is defined in the source you quoted. For when the world has been annihilated by nuclear armaments from all warring states, the total absence of man will at last bring eternal peace on earth. 🙂 –Durano, done!

    durano lawayans last great read…Preparations for a Presidential Prophecy

  13. @Chris Moran – thanks for visiting! Praise is always appreciated!

    @sir jorge – “The grander scale gives me a headache” — I totally understand that and I love the way you put it. I’m contradicting myself sometimes too on a bigger scale… I don’t think there’s a perfect answer. Or a perfect world.

    @RennyBA – Having peace as a goal isn’t easy but we should try harder… and commit ourselves.

    @Comedy Plus – Thanks for visiting, fellow peace seeker!

    @Raven – It was a beautiful and sincere speech, and I’m glad you shared it with us. Thank you.

    @Eve – I think we should try at a smaller scale. But “try” is the keyword… and I don’t think we do.

    @barbara – I posted late that day, no wonder you missed it! 😉 Thank you for your beautiful message… and for introducing me to this Blogblast!

    @Shantanu – Peace to you too!

    @johnada – I actually researched and couldn’t believe it either. Crazy huh?

    @diesel – I totally understand your point, trust me. That said, I can’t help thinking that Nazi ideology worked out so well mostly because of poverty, unemployment and society problems at the time in Germany. Should have the country be peaceful at the time, would have these ideology worked out that well? Probably not. Same for the Talibans which are, as far as I know, fed on hatred of the USA and other countries… on which they are at war with. I’m against the regime obviously but hey, they were born in a war cradle as well…

  14. @ Rudy — I can imagine how frustrated it is sometimes to see wars in Middle East but if they need to grow up… so do we. We (as most Western world countries) started the war in Iraq under no reasons. The weapons of mass destruction were a lie. Did we make the situation over there better? I’m not qualified to say and I think most of us aren’t. Time will say. But I won’t call that a successful and unselfish way to help the local population…

    @ Seraphine — I don’t usually drink but I’ll make an exception for Peace with a cap “p”!

    @ Sherxr — we fight for selfish reasons and because we don’t know better. We should… by now. Thanks for visiting!

    @ Cori — Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment!

    @ Beaverbush — we need more hippy talk in our life, peace bro’!

    @ Sue — you’re welcome… I love history, so I’ll be back!

    @ Seraphine — beautifully put, as usual. You really have a way with words!

    @ Durano — thanks for sharing you ideas and knowledge with me again! You should have been a teacher… you’re so knowledgeable, passionate yet fair. Love your comments!

    @Scarlet — all we are sayin’ is give peace a chance! 😉

  15. You are so right. But I think there is some natural instinct that moves people to fight, and to achieve peace we would have to move beyond the unthinking primitive part of our brains, which is no easy task. If each of us, who have so much, gave up just a little and shared it with those who have none things might be different. But that’s easier said than done. Taking ourselves less seriously would help too. Is any religion/belief worth killing or dying for? Unfortunately, many people think so. I’m pretty pessimistic about the whole thing, since there will always be someone who is willing to kill for what they believe or want, and some who even enjoy it. How do you make people like that see that it’s wrong? But we should never give up, do whatever we can to bring about peace, and teach our kids that war is useless.

    Theresas last great read…Rindercella and the Cotton Runts

  16. Froggywoogie on

    Peace is a goal and we need to fight, sometimes ourselves, to reach it. How paradoxal?
    Most people want peace but let’s not be naive and think just holding hands and smile at each others would bring it. Yet, it’s one of the numerous ways to get a more peaceful world 🙂

  17. The quest for peace begins with questions such as you ask here. In trying to find answers to those questions, we can often become so disheartened.

    But we know that peace is a process and a worthy effort.

    Peace to you and yours.

    Traviss last great read…A Momentous Day

  18. Pacifistic stark thoughts. Very well put. Good job Zhu. You did/are doing your job of promoting peace. “Nothing can justify violence, period”. Agreed.

    Celines last great read…Donation

  19. You voiced what many of us feel. The newspapers, the TV, the pervasive attitude of war everywhere. It does just boil down to STOP. Doesn’t it?

    Thank you for blogging for peace today and passionately voicing your opinion. It has been awesome reading the posts and seeing the beautiful globes. Welcome to the lovely land of the peace globes. I hope you will join us again in November.

    Peace to you and yours,
    Mimi

    Mimi Lenoxs last great read…Conversation With Baby Boy

  20. Zhu, so well written, so well put. Keep writing! The Dalai Lama said that all over the world more people want peace than want war…….if we all begin to be heard, perhaps the transformation of consciousness that so needs to happen on this planet WILL happen. I have to believe that it can and it will. I love your writing, and your spirit. Way to be!

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