Saturday, July 15, 2006

What's on Your Mind?

The conflict in the Middle East is giving many of us pause to reflect on the continued destruction in that region, in terms of individual, group and regional destruction and loss.

Here are thoughts about peace as expressed by those wise sages throughout history.














A tip of the hat to beachblogger for the quote above.

A tip of the hat to time for the quote above.

43 Comments:

At 8:13 AM, Blogger Changeseeker said...

I love the way you do this. Helps me tap into a more peaceful space. And I love the last one! :-D

 
At 8:14 AM, Blogger beachblogger said...

good morning! i love it.

"be the change you want to see in others" Gandhi

i saw a sign yesterday: "Free Kittens!"; i didn't even know that kittens were oppressed.

peace, peter

 
At 8:26 AM, Blogger glenda said...

Thanks, changeseeker. This is my morning meditation.

beachblogger, That's great. I'll use it!

 
At 8:57 AM, Blogger No said...

Thanks, Glenda...all beautiful...

 
At 9:19 AM, Blogger PTCruiser said...

Good Morning, Glenda. Still can't get on the site and I'm having the exact same problem with The Blue Republic. I'll try and figure out if it's something wrong on my end.

Can't come up with a favorite for the quotes. I like them all.

 
At 9:35 AM, Blogger JM said...

Thanks; these were great!

 
At 9:40 AM, Blogger DivaJood said...

"Be the change you want to see in the world" is part of my daily meditation, and has been for quite some time. I believe in a spiritual principal: you go first. No matter who has wronged you, (real or imagined) you go first toward peaceful reconciliation. That is my prayer for the world today.

 
At 10:14 AM, Blogger glenda said...

Thanks, all.
Divajood, that is a very hard thing to work toward when one is feeling hurt or wronged, but such a worthy thought. Take the high road!

 
At 10:38 AM, Blogger thepoetryman said...

Actions speak louder than words... It is quotes, somehow, that squeeze between the two and whisper upon our soul.

 
At 11:37 AM, Blogger sumo said...

I love this stuff that you do. Since you don't have an email address to send this through...I found a photo I think you'll like if you haven't already seen it. http://s7one\demand1.scene7.com/is/
image/Lenox/6216980_wHR?$md$

 
At 1:40 PM, Blogger Rory Shock said...

thanks for the collection of excellent quotes coupled with great pictures

 
At 2:26 PM, Blogger Time said...

I'd like to add a few:

"I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments.
Indeed, I think that people want peace so much, that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it!"
Dwight Eisenhower

"You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom."
Malcolm X

"If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies."
Moshe Dayan

 
At 3:28 PM, Blogger glenda said...

poetryman, I know, I know.

Sumo, thanks, gonna go check it out! Thanks, my friend!

rory!! Welcome back from your nature sabbatical!

Time, These are great. I have time (HAHA!) to add one more!

 
At 3:35 PM, Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...

Beautiful!!!

 
At 3:50 PM, Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

Late getting in. Love the peace symbol made of sky. They are all beautiful and perfect for the moment. Thanks.

 
At 3:52 PM, Blogger M.D. said...

These are great, Glenda. You always manage to thaw my cynicism a little.

 
At 4:21 PM, Blogger LadyCelticFire said...

"Some came and took our land, forced us to leave, forced us to live in camps. I think this is terrorism. Using means to resist this terrorism and stop its effects - this is called struggle"
-- Leila Khalid

This may not be a peaceful statement, but for some in this world, there will never be peace without resistance against the oppressor first. Perhaps this is against the message of your post, but it does deserve to be said...

I to hope for peace, but I also am not blind in thinking peace comes by acting peacefully at all times. Dr. King was a peaceful man, Rosa Parks was a peaceful woman, but the Black Panther Party did just as much to further the cause of blacks.

Peace is a wonderful hope, but unfortunatly, it is merely a hope.

So here is my ORIGINAL quote... "May we ALL someday, break bread and have a beer and celebrate the fact that we DO finally have the peace we all long for."

In solidarity
LCF

 
At 7:06 PM, Blogger glenda said...

donnie, thanks, of coursem the authors did all the hard work, i just cut and paste them onto a picture.

peacechick, Hi!!

M.D.-You a cynic? King Kong is a cynic!

LCF- I agree, there is also a time for resistance. In working to create peace, we must also fight oppression, racism, discrimination, etc. The trick or gray area (in my mind) is in not becoming like the oppressors and rationalizing violence to create peace.

 
At 10:24 AM, Blogger pissed off patricia said...

Very very nice!

Today the word "peace" seems so far away. Hopefully we haven't seen the last of it.

 
At 4:41 PM, Blogger betmo said...

excellent as usual glenda.

 
At 2:54 AM, Blogger Haider Droubi said...

as long as a masscare is going on...there....

save lebanon,,save humanity...carefull,brutal images

 
At 6:11 AM, Blogger BZ said...

This post has helped me calm down and difuse the anger and hate I have been harboring these last few days. I simply cannot understand how the world can sit by at let this happen. (Israeli destruction of Lebanon)

I get mad just thinking about it, but thanks anyway for your beautiful images and words. I agree with Haider Droubi...SAVE LEBANON!

 
At 6:18 AM, Blogger Mary said...

Love that mosaic. Just the kind of thoughts I needed today.

 
At 6:40 AM, Blogger Hillary For President said...

Glinda,

what I thing is this. If Israel would stop BOMBING the innocent peace-loving Lesbanese, and just agree to a trade, then there wood be no violence. Just like the Mets and the Yankees do'nt get along,b ut they make trade's. just like that. Hezbowallah can see that, why not Israel?

and to bomb someone just because they are a lesbian is kind of silly too. very homophobic.

thats what I thing.

 
At 7:21 AM, Blogger bluegrrrrl said...

I just love your graphics & quote combinations--very inspirational!

 
At 9:59 AM, Anonymous earl bockenfeld said...

Glenda, they're only awesome, as usual!

 
At 1:29 PM, Anonymous anita said...

This is a very alarming time in our History. I wonder what the US government will say to Israel: "Stop attacking Lebanon"? I don't think so. They are no example.

I'm very sad with all of these, but do appreciate your posts and insights about what's going on. Thanks.

 
At 3:36 PM, Blogger eProf2 said...

You always have a "peaceful" way of putting things in perspective. Thanks for one of the few places today with positive thoughts.

 
At 8:29 PM, Blogger celticfire said...

I guess my problem with all these discussions is that peace is always discussed in abstract terms. But peace exists in concrete reality. What is peace? Can there been peace between classes? Can there be peace between the the wealthy minority and the exploited majority?

I think peace can only happen when we have removed the material basis for war and violent conflict. War is not always "bad", as LadyCelticFire quoted from Leila Khalid, a revolutionary woman who fought (violently) for the rights of her people, points out.

However...

Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks, were good folks. But they were also safe folks who didn't represent a threat to the powers that be. Nearly all African Americans know about Martin Luther -- do they know about Huey Newton, Assata Shakur, Mumia Abu Jamal? Probably not, an in fact, mostly white educated liberal people know these names.

Envoking names has a strong emotional flury. If i say "Hitler" or "Ghandi" notions are already presumed. So there is a lot to say why the rulers don't want a "Huey P. Newton" day or a "Assata Shakur" day -- as much as they'd like a Sparticus day or a Che Guevara day -- these represented REAL threats to power.

Dogmatic and rigid forms of pacifism are a tool of the rulers. I am not denouncing pacifists, just pacifism as a tactic. Read the Iron Heel by Jack London, and the famous lines "we will march accross your faces."

It seems a lot of middle class, mainly white folks have an aversion to "violence." They get confused and even upset at "riots" like happened in the Mid West last year when black folks "rioted" against Nazi skinheads parading through their streets.

A riot isn't a riot, it is the seedlings of a revolution. They are usually blind and have a lot of excess (ie: Rodney King), but they are rebellions none the less and should be supported, like the ones by Muslim folks demanding rgihts in France.

We have a duty to support them and defend them.

The revolutionary road is really our only choice. Everywhere else leads to what we have now, or worse.

 
At 5:34 AM, Anonymous Anita said...

I'd like to say that it seems to me we should go beyond the "race" talk when addressing the war issue. I know it's hard, especially because "racism", or some form of it, is one of the major causes that leads to war. But it doesn't justify to say "just white people are upset with the war" or to say "a war is not always bad" because this revolutionary woman did this or that. They are completely different scenarios. I stick with Franklin's thought (cited here by Glenda) "there is no such thing as a bad peace". And to achieve it should be our ultimate goal - before everything else. We need to do something because I don't want that when future generations talk about this time, they point out the people who live now and didn't do a thing.
In the long run hopefully we'll be able to achieve peace in all levels of society: between different social classes, races, religious and so forth. It's seems utopic, but not impossible.
Again: thanks Glenda for the wonderful work. I'm eager to do something, but don't know what.
I feel good, though, visiting your blog and knowing that someone is trying to do something.

 
At 9:53 PM, Blogger Grish said...

It was very nice to read all of these quotes. Thanks for posting them.

 
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