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Peace Lives Within

Link | Posted on by | Tagged , , | 1 Comment “Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers … Continue reading

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Can ‘Ordinary’* People Effect Change and Make a Better World?: The Power of ONE



“One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world.”

– Malala Yousafzai


“I’m only one but I am one. I can’t do everything but I can do something and what I can do I ought to do and that by the grace of God I will do.”
– Brett Blair

Most ‘ordinary/normal’ (what’s that?) people are decent, yet somewhat apathetic individuals, concerned only with the issues and directly affect them, living their own little lives of ‘quiet desperation’ amidst job and financial pressures. Still we somehow want to make a difference in the world (and want our lives to count for something), but we don’t know WHAT to do and HOW to do it. Because we usually underestimate our ability to make any difference and effect change for the better… in our own countries and in the world. And that is why so many people do not even exercise the greatest privilege they possess: the privilege of the right to vote. World history rests on the myriad of seemingly insignificant decisions (or lack of decision) of millions of “the little people” throughout the world. Would world history have changed if more people had voted in the US elections of 2000? Would Iraq, the Middle East in general and the world now perhaps be a far safer place?

Here’s something to think about…

ONE VOTE made Oliver Cromwell Lord Protector of the Commonwealth and gave him control of England. (1645)

ONE VOTE caused Charles I to be executed. (1649)

ONE VOTE kept Aaron Burr–later charged with treason–from becoming President. (1800)

ONE VOTE elected Marcus Morton governor of Massachusetts. (1839)

ONE VOTE made Texas part of the United States. (1845)

ONE VOTE saved President Andrew Johnson from impeachment. (1868)

ONE VOTE changed France from a monarchy to a republic. (1875)

ONE VOTE admitted California, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho into the Union. (1850, 1850, 1889, 1890)

ONE VOTE elected Rutherford B. Hayes to the Presidency, and the man in the Electoral College who cast that vote was an Indiana Representative also elected by ONE VOTE. (1876)

ONE VOTE made Adolf Hitler head of the Nazi Party. (1923)

ONE VOTE maintained the Selective Service System only 12 weeks before Pearl Harbor. (1941)

ONE VOTE per precinct would have elected Richard Nixon, rather than John Kennedy, President. (1960)

from John Mark Ministries

Did YOU vote … and for whom?

I believe to effect change, we the ordinary people of the world, have to raise the bar of what we will and will not tolerate – by our leaders and authorities. At a local level,
a national level and at international level, as common citizens
of planet earth with a shared spirit of humanity (hopefully noble and generous).
We need ACCOUNTABILITY and RESPONSIBILITY…and it all starts at a personal level – in our minds with what we will and not accept as our highest standards in our OWN HEARTS. Things change only when a mass of people, join together to take action in a united initiative for the common good, a worthy cause to make for a better world. In so doing in “democratic societies” they can put heavy pressure on their leaders, the decision makers to take effective and right actions. We need a shift in MINDSET of world leaders – a new way of looking at the immense problems of the world.


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Sharing a few Quotations/Thoughts on HOPE and LOVE

Sharing a few Quotations/Thoughts on HOPE and LOVE

Submitter’s Note
These are some of the notes (in point form) from thoughts and quotations that I’ve written down and collected over the years, which may be of interest and get you “tinking” about these “airey-fairey matters”. Hope that these thoughts may be helpful and perhaps even inspirational to you .
“He who does not hope to win has already lost.”
– Jose Olmedo

“In the depth of the valleys there is hope. In the deserts of despair, there is the refreshing oasis of the human spirit…always.”
– craig

Esperanzo = hope (in Spanish)

“Either we stayed as we were, trapped inside our fortress of paranoia, deformed by fear and greed, or we opened the door to Africa… and set forth into the unknown.”
The country survives because of the strength and optimism of its people.
From out of the epic injustice of apartheid towards the tortuous tiny first steps of a “negotiated revolution”, ultimately arose an epic reconciliation.

“Man is a great wall builder
The Berlin Wall
The Wailing Wall of Jerusalem
But the wall most impregnable
Has a moat
flowing with fright
around his heart
A wall without windows for the spirit to breeze through
without a door for love to walk in.”
– OSWALD MTSHALI, Soweto (South African) poet
from ‘My Traitor’s Heart’ by Rian Malan (published by Vintage 1990)
“The most noble aspects of the human spirit – unquenchable in its search for freedom and justice.”
– great writing by Rian Malan in his compelling book ‘My Traitor’s Heart’

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The Story of the Four Candles

The Story of the Four Candles The Four Candles burned slowly. Their ambiance was so soft you could hear them speak… The first candle said, “I Am Peace, but these days, nobody wants to keep me lit.” Then Peace’s flame … Continue reading

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