Letting the light of peace shine through
Looking down on the beautiful stars shining on top of all the Christmas trees, it's really hard to find signs of intelligent life on earth. The escalating War Against Terrorism and now Star Wars are hugely ramping up the murderous damage -- for all living beings and the planet itself. It's painfully close to catastrophic.
The most hopeful sign? Well, you could say Kyoto, but that may die in Russia or be too little too late. On the whole face of the globe this year, probably the most positive sign was the way Ramadan and Hanukkah were celebrated in sync. And that unifying accident happened outside of human control.
Could it have been the heavens saying, "Get it together"? If it was, hallelujah.
Too bad the message was largely lost on people observing the holidays.
Wouldn't it be great if in 2003 we humans could prove we're not a race of ignorant, destructive demons, by generating signs of peace as outlandish as the signs of war have been this year? Here are some seasonal goodwill ideas to start the ball rolling.
Islamic religious leaders could devote time to studying the Torah reverently, and Jewish rabbis and talmudists the Koran -- preferably learning from each other. And the rest of us? Maybe we could make a point of starting to celebrate one another's holidays. Honouring diversity, we should include Eastern and earth-based religions, too. Besides fostering empathy, increasing our spiritual range would give us all new much-needed days off.
For American leaders and journalists, we suggest some actual time in the nursery. They obviously need to connect more with children. While there, they could figure out some simple universal truths of human life -- like if you stress the young with death threats and deprivation, many will become angry, dangerous adults.
For the rest of our American neighbours, can we suggest using the military budget to send everyone travelling to learn something about the world? It would spread the wealth, be fun and, god knows, they need the education.
If we bend our minds to it, surely we can think of more made-in-Canada peacekeeping solutions to a happy, healthy planetary new year. Let's pull together, have a happy holiday and let the love of peace shine through all that we do in the year to come.