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… of wishing “peace on earth” when history teaches us that we’re unable to get along without bloody conflicts? What is it that draws us to hatred, aggression, and prejudice? 

Yesterday I assembled and planted a peace pole: dug a hole, walked a 8 foot 4×4 cedar pole from the lumber yard to my house, sanded it, affixed signs in four languages, mixed the cement, levelled the pole in the ground, waited for the cement to set, put a cap on it — and there it sits. Neighbours and passers-by stop to inspect and read the messages to their young ones: in English, Japanese, German, and Sign Langauge. 

As I look down from the bathroom window to see the pole proclaim universal wishes, it occurs to me that all the things I’ve said in the first paragraph above apply to me. What is it with me and war … hatred … and prejudice? A good place to start: right here.

“If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another.” ~ Tenzin Gyatso, The 14th Dalai Lama
“If you wish to experience peace, make peace in your heart.” ~ Peter Daishin

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  1. A sign post for peace – what a lovely idea.

    “If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another”
    – Tenzin Gyatso, The 14th Dalai Lama.

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