International Day of Peace / Internationale Dag van de Vrede

When a thought of war comes, oppose it by a stronger thought of peace. A thought of hatred must be destroyed by a more powerful thought of love. Thoughts of war bring destruction to all harmony, well-being, restfulness and content. Thoughts of love are constructive of brotherhood, peace, friendship, and happiness.

These wise words are from Abdu’l-Baha in ‘Paris Talks’. He also says:

If you desire with all your heart, friendship with every race on earth, your thought, spiritual and   positive, will spread; it will become the desire of others, growing stronger and stronger, until it reaches the minds of all men. Do not despair! Work steadily. Sincerity and love will conquer hate.

All very appropriate for the International Day of Peace, observed each year on 21 September. This UN Day is a global call for ceasefire and non-violence. It is a time to reflect on the horror and cost of war and the benefits of peacefully resolving our disputes. This year it focusses on the important issues of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.

How fitting then that the Operation Market Garden (WW2) was commemorated around Nijmegen-Arnhem in the Netherlands this weekend. And how do I know? I was born in Nijmegen, so this has always been part of my history knowledge. Besides we often visited the different war cemeteries in the area.

Oh, and can someone explain why white doves are considered peace doves? Have you ever fed several of them at the same time? I  can tell you from experience that there surely is no peace at feeding time amongst them!

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