To the Editor:
Today, world peace and global sustainability are elusive visions of a future which, as a young person in the 1960s, I thought I’d live to see.
Now I’m a grandmother who wants those expectations to become a reality for my grandchildren Georgia, Joseph, Talon and William.
In 1969, when I first heard John Lennon’s song “Give Peace a Chance,” I was an idealistic 23-year-old beginning her 35-year teaching career.
I believed a peaceful world would come about through educating young people to create peaceful solutions as an alternative to war.
Today, 40 years later and retired from teaching, I’m asking us to give peace-building a chance.
As a former history teacher, I know that most of the history I taught revolved around conflicts waged as a result of differences in perception. What if we could build an international perception/conviction that is in everyone’s best interests, one that assures human rights and the sustainability of our planet?
Could this world perception/conviction become a reality?
Yes, it has already begun, spearheaded by the United Nations, whose central purpose is to end the scourge of war for future generations.
Sept. 20-21 has been designated as the United Nation’s International Day of Peace 2009. During that 24-hour period there will be world-peace celebrations telecast from all corners of the globe.
This historic event will utilize http://www.CultureOfPeace.org and http://www.internationaldayofpeace.org/ as interactive vehicles to empower organizations and individuals to participate in the celebration.
Locally, there will be an International Day of Peace Celebration in Willimantic from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20 at the Peace Pole in Heritage Park (next to the ArtSpace apartments in the old mill buildings on Main Street).
Please get involved and give peace-building a chance.
Jane E. Schreiber – Mansfield Center – A retired teacher
(reprinted courtesy of The Chronicle)