International Peace Day and a new beginning….

Today is my first day of study at Bradford University in the subject of peace. When I look at the timetable, there’s not much there that looks like peace. No flowers in our hair, or guitars, no Woodstock, no holding hands. Instead it looks like this: Fragile States, Framing the Middle East, Political Violence and Terrorism, Security Studies and International Politics and so on. Politics. Economics. Weapons. War. Human Trafficking. In amongst all these are little glimmers of hope in subjects like Gender, Social Movements, Human Rights, Applied Conflict Resolution.
From what I have seen of everyone present last week, there is a lot of emotion and real heart-felt concern. People of all ages, but especially many young people, who want to strive for a peaceful existence. And it is when you are with young people from places like Cambodia, Nigeria, Iran, Sierra Leone, Pakistan, Japan, that you know and feel there is hope for peace and stability.
As my lot would say – Naprijet! (Onwards) in peace and please remember every day, that there are a small team of young people busy, working towards a better future, right here on your doorstep.
Today Yorkshire CND are coming for a session, so are the Quakers. Yorkshire, too, has a long history in the desire for equality and peace and that is why the course came about here, the first of its kind, and it’s been around for 40 years.
In the meantime, keep having a good time whenever you can. Mother Earth loves the positive vibes.

Always towards the light…

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Peace Day 2013

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Peace begins at home, with your family, your friends, in your heart, your mind. It is the breaking down of friendships and relationships that creates conflict. It is the desire for power that makes war. We have enough to keep us happy, enough to concern ourselves over Mother Earth, our children. We have many stories we can tell over and again, re-invent – about battles, baddies, goodies and so on. We don’t need to fight each other anymore. We need to look after our world and it will take care of us.

And I will remember this weekend, everyone gone from my family, from yours and from those I am not in touch with whose families and friendships are being destroyed by power mongers.

Love and Peace always.

Children first.