One man has stopped killing. One man has chosen to find a path other than war. One man has taken the right road, the only road that leads to sanity, and leads to peace. That man and his wife hope that one more man will follow, and another after that. And the duty they adhere to will be saving a life. The honor they receive will be knowing that they stood strong in their commitment, they stood for their faith, and they honored the highest order, and respected Life. Anything else is a travesty, anything else is the act of a coward, anything else is to walk away from God and to fail one of Life's greatest tests. -- Monica Benderman, from A Matter of Conscience, 2005
It is indeed inspirational to find more and more human beings gravitating towards pacifism, in the face of the most challenging circumstances.
much love, light and laughter, ananya.
*~Come play with my children feel the peace and Scatter some joy.~* ~*Blowing out someone else's candle doesn't make your's burn any brighter.*~ I'm so confused. I feel like the centipede who was told to put its best foot forward.
"The pacifist's task today is to find a method of helping and healing which provides a revolutionary constructive substitute for war." -- Vera Brittain
"There is one armor that the world of men and women, as a world, has never yet put on. The churches have long bungled with its fastenings, but the world has gone unfended, and few have been those in whose hands the mystical sword of the spirit has shone with daily use. This armor, waiting to be worn, is the armor of brotherhood and sacrifice, the world of unselfishness, a conquering sword, with the power, where used, to unite the world in love. And there are none who may not put it on." -- M.A. DeWolfe Howe
"Yes, we love peace, but we are not willing to take wounds for it, as we are for war." -- John Andrew Holmes, from Wisdom in small doses
- much love, light and laughter, ananya.
Scatter joy ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson. ~*Blowing out someone else's candle doesn't make your's burn any brighter.*~ We can't all be stars, but we can all twinkle. We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.
This is peace with dignity. This is peace with commitment. This is our gift to our peoples and the generations to come.... It will be real, as we open our hearts and minds to each other. Bin Talal Hussein (b. 1935), Jordanian monarch, King of Jordan. New York Times, p. 1A (October 27, 1994).
Marking the second full peace accord between Israel and Jordan at a meeting near the Gulf of Aqaba with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
"But each day brings its petty dust our soon-choked souls to fill, and we forget because we must, and not because we will."...Matthew Arnold.
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