An Appeal for Sanity – Part 4

PLEASE, STOP!

Stop the violence.

Put an end to the scars, wounds, mutilations and deaths.

It is everyone’s duty to do what they can so all children may enjoy their lives in safety. It is our responsibility to do what we can to give all children opportunities for them to enjoy a peaceful and joyful childhood.

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Save your children, my children, our children.

Drop your weapons and put your energy, effort, and focus on saving the children.

Save your children, my children, our children.

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I know it is difficult to look at the pictures of wounded children. I try to select the least shocking ones, and still they are highly disturbing, I know. But the sad truth is that since we are shielded from seeing these images, we are not moved to do something to stop the violence; we don’t connect with their pain and suffering.

Well, pause for a few moments and listen to your Inner Voice. What is it calling you to do? Heed the calling and do something, anything, no matter how insignificant you may think it is, to stop the insanity. As Mother Teresa said, “It doesn’t matter what you do, what matters is the love you put into the doing.”

Don’t think that what you do has no significance. As Howard Zinn said, “If people could see that change comes about as a result of millions of tiny acts that seem totally insignificant, then they wouldn’t hesitate to take these tiny acts.”

Don’t think that you are powerless. As Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, is the only thing that ever has.”

We are all connected. If one of us is not well, none of us can be totally well. Let us convince ourselves that when we care for the wellbeing of others, we are also caring for our own.

Let us convince ourselves that any form of oppression and exploitation brings about pain and instability, and that we, directly or indirectly, are also benefiting from injustices that are taking place in the world. Let us convince ourselves that it is on everyone’s best interest to promote social justice, because justice precedes peace. Let us convince ourselves, once and for all, as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Let us put an end to violence by putting an end to poverty.

Let’s adopt a new paradigm for a new world.

Let’s convince ourselves that we live in a world of abundance where everyone can have a dignified and worry-free life, where the basic needs of every single individual in our planet can be met. Let us convince ourselves that there is more than enough for everybody to live a healthy, safe, and productive life. Let us convince ourselves that there will always be enough, that we will always be taken good care of, and that there’s no need to be afraid and accumulate. Let us convince ourselves that we don’t have to deprive others of their share in order for us to have a bigger share. Let us convince ourselves that depriving others from having a happy livelihood will not make us any happier. So, let us be honest and vastly generous in all our transactions with others.

Let us be the agents of change, the ones who will bring Heaven to Earth.

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We can do it!

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