Peace Movement Monday

Choose curiosity over certainty.

Wednesday Words of Wisdom

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” ― Nelson Mandela

Women’s March for Peace & Justice

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Women’s March on Washington, Photo by Chang Lee, The New York Times

Yesterday, all over the world, women and their supporters banded together to give a resounding message of peace.

Although there are many who claim this political dissent as an unwarranted act of antagonism and disrespect, I believe that for far too long, too many of us, including myself, have mistaken neutrality for peace.

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”
-Archbishop Desmond Tutu

We must not forget that peace does not mean simply sending kind thoughts out into the universe, with a calm, serene smile on your face. This is not about religion or politics, it’s about being a decent human being, and watching out for your fellow human beings.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Peace means peace for everyone- and if there is too be peace for everyone, then we must be OK with sometimes stepping outside of our comfort zones and making others uncomfortable when we stand up and speak out against these injustices.