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World Peace - Is It Possible?

Original post made by World Citizen, Menlo Park: Downtown, on Jan 2, 2013

World Peace? You may declare, why bring this up?

The answer is, world peace is everybody's responsibility. You may say, isn't that somebody else's responsibility? I submit, we are all part of that elusive term, somebody else.

I would like to request that you consider,

1) Devoting at least one hour a year, or more, to this worthwhile goal, and

2) Spend at least 45c, or more, on postage to do something constructive in achieving this goal.

Why now? One reason may be that this time of year one hear's a lot about the historically and often times spoken goal of "Peace on Earth, Goodwill Toward Men". This sounds wonderful, but as leaders of our community the question becomes, "what can I do about it?"

Embracing the concept, "Think Globally, Act Locally", I appeal to you to be a part of the solution.

Several years ago, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan spoke to the General Assembly about this very concept. Amongst his comments were these quotes, as follows:

"We try to picture all governments listening to -- and acting on -- the will of the people."

"We do this because progress in our world does not happen without someone first having a vision or a dream."

"On this International Day of Peace, let us dare to imagine a world free of conflict and violence. And let us seize the opportunity for peace to take hold, day by day, year by year, until every day is a day of peace."

Yes, you have a lot on your plate already. Those activities are important. I'm not asking not to make those activities a priority. Instead, what I am asking for is for you to take a moment to lend a hand, in this special effort.

Humanity depends on it.

How you go about it, when you decide to do it, can be left to your best judgement. I do hope before year 2013 ends, you find the time and a way, large or small, to do your part to support the efforts of others in one way or another. If you do, many will think the world of you.


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Posted by Jim Lewis
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Feb 1, 2013 at 10:57 am

Is World Peace achievable? Or in the alternative, are the consequences of continued confrontation, violence, war, strife, hatred, terrorism, slaughter and the toll on human life acceptable? I submit, that trying to turn this tide, making the effort and contributing to the solution is a far better choice.

There are many ways in which one can consider enhancing and contributing to the important topic of World Peace. Below are three programs that a citizen can consider, as follows:

1) Sister City program

Numerous cities, counties and individuals across the U.S., and especially in California, have committed to joining the Sister Cities International program, which President Dwight D. Eisenhower started in 1956. Since that time, nearly 600 communities in the U.S. have relationships in nearly 2,000 communities located in 136 countries on 6 continents. For more information, refer to their website,

2) Peace One Day program

Started in 1999, this non-profit organization establishes Sept. 21st each year as a day of non-violence, international unity and cooperation. In 2001, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously passed a resolution supporting this effort, which now involves countries around the world, allowing for medical staff to enter hostile areas for medical assistance and a focal point for world peace. The U.S. Senate passed a similar Resolution on Sept. 17, 2009. For more information, refer to their website,

3) Mayors For Peace

You don't have to be a mayor to become a member. Established in 1982, this international organization is dedicated for the promotion of peace. It was nominated for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. This organization promotes a way to transcend national borders and work together to press for nuclear abolition. As of January 1, 2013, membership stood at 5,524 cities in 156 countries and regions. For more information, refer to their website,

As with many solutions to challenging problems, numbers count.

To personalize this email, allow me to share that I believe in community service. Dedicated to the public good by leaving a legacy of efforts and accomplishments is a very satisfying way of life. No amount of compensation or recognition can surpass the personal satisfaction of giving back to the community.