MINUTE FOR PEACE DAY -- Dec. 22, 2001
Pearl Harbor Day (December 7) reminds us of the terrible tragedy that occurred to most of the world when modern weapons were used to settle differences between powerful nations. Pearl Harbor was followed by World War II and Hiroshima.
On December 7, the
beginning of the Christmas season, we usually are shown vivid horrible images on
TV depicting what happened. But today we know that "Hatred does not cease
by hatred. Hatred ceases only by love." Gandhi, and others, have
demonstrated non-violent methods of opposing what was wrong. Martin Luther King
described the power of love in his book "Strength To Love" -- and gave
his life to prove it. Now, strength to "kill" is being advocated
as a necessity. Hundreds of billions are being spent on armaments.
If half as much money were spent on Minute for Peace and the Earth
Trustee agenda, there would be no more wars.
Let's reverse Pearl Harbor.
Actions good or bad begin in the mind. Here is a way to reverse the damage done to our thinking by what happened at Pearl Harbor. December not only marks Peal Harbor, it also marks Christmas. With our entrance into the new millennium, Christmas is of increasing importance, with its message of "Peace and Good Will."
There was a global Minute for Peace Day on December, 22, 1963. That was when we ended the period of mourning for President Kennedy with a global minute of silent prayer for peace on our planet. Broadcast on radio throughout the world, that special minute (1 p.m. in Dallas, 1900 GMT) affected people globally and inspired efforts that later resulted in Earth Day with its emphasis on peace, justice and the care of Earth.
Let's turn the tables on Pearl Harbor by joining worldwide in a Minute for Peace -- at 1900 GMT, December 22 -- just three days before Christmas with its theme of Peace and Good Will. Christmas can then be a turning toward peace, with our neighbor and our world.
A new idea that came from Minute for Peace and Earth Day, was the idea that we can now all think of ourselves as Trustees of Earth. In this age of Space exploration we know -- more than former generations -- that we are one human family and have only one Earth. With care and use of new technology we can now eliminate poverty, pollution and violence. All we need is a clear vision of our goal and reports on Internet of every successful effort to think and act as Trustees of Earth -- in ecology, economics and ethics. This course of action can appeal to the most people on our planet and do the most good.
Then a new spirit of cooperation will engulf the world. With the money we formerly spent on wars we can make our planet a Garden of Eden.
As we honestly work together we will see all around us the waste of wealth and its unfair monopolization by those in power. The solution is not to condemn those in positions of power, but to demonstrate solutions and win their support -- not by the power of money or military might -- but by the power of truth, of good ideas and good will.
Then with the power of the words "Love one another" we will reverse Pearl Harbor and welcome the beginning of an era of peaceful progress in the new millennium. All that is required for Minute for Peace to succeed is for people to know about it.
By John McConnell
Founder of Earth Day