Sunday, January 4, 2009

world turned upside down

There is no way to peace - peace is the way.
A.J. Muste (1885-1967) social and peace activist

unfortunately most governments have not embraced the notion that peace is the path to peace. starhawk writes in a recent article on the situation in gaza, that for at least the last few thousand years when it comes to peace, the prime directive has been to exterminate what threatens you.

when we hear the news coming out of the middle east we may feel paralyzed and helpless. however we shouldn't, there are many little things that each of us can do. at the end of starhawk's article is an extensive list of things that regular folks can do - check it out.

in addition to starhawk's list, avaaz, an international cyber-community with a mission to "to close the gap between the world we have, and the world most people everywhere want" is circulating a petition to stop the bloodshed. the goal is to get 250,000 signatures. the petition is directed to the UN security council, the european union, the arab league and the usa to help put an immediate ceasefire in gaza and take further crucial steps to pursue a peaceful, negotiated resolution of the israeli-palestinian conflict. to learn more about the time for peace petition click here.

in 2009 let's work to make it clear to everyone that peace is the path not a destination. let's turn the world upside down.

billy bragg singing the world turned upside down. the song was written by leon rosselson in 1975 and popularized by billy in 1985. rosselson's song is a modernized version of the digger's song, a 17th century protest song concerning land rights.

You poor take courage
You rich take care
This earth was made a common treasury
For everyone to share
All things in common
All people one
We come in peace
The orders came to cut them down


Coffee Messiah said...

Of course, the poor, the children, the women left at home are the ones to die.

Strange that during the last 8 yrs, the usa has focused on american casualties, and not the other side, who's thousands more have suffered.

And lets not forget the suffering of the returning vets and the all too familiar mental bs that never goes away after "fighting....."

; (

R.L. Bourges said...

Starhawk's description of the 'other' (in this case, the Palestinians in the Israeli mindset) as a 'void in the psyche' expresses it really well. If they don't exist, or if they're not 'like us', we don't need to concern ourselves with what happens to their children - only ours matter.

She sounds like a brave lady - and a grounded one, too. Thanks for the link to her blog, I'll have to find some time to explore it soon.

Megan said...

Always good info here. I like the upside down idea. I like it a lot.

lettuce said...

thanks for the starhawk link kimy, it does help to throw some light of sense on this senselessness

Salty Miss Jill said...

Is that your house?
Lovely entry-kind and thoughtful, as always. :)

mouse (aka kimy) said...

I have admired starhawk since I read her book the spiral dance which I ran across in perhaps 1980 or so, it's wonderful that she has never flagged in her commitment to making the world a more peaceful and more magical place!

megan - the upside down metaphor works for me too!

salty - no that's not my house. certainly wouldn't mind living there - especially since it is around the corner from some very close friends. I took the picture so f can see the woodworking project I would like to do with him.