Friday, May 20, 2005

A Late Mother's Day Tribute

Mother’s Day Tribute to Women - A Day Late May 9, 2005

Bow to all and despise none.

Thank you, women, for bringing life into the world. Thank you for caring and nurturing life. Thank you for teaching love and affection.

Thank you, women, for taking care of the children. Thank you for taking care of family and community. Thank you for taking care of society. Thank you for taking care of the environment.

Thank you, women, for caretaking.

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan wrote, “Women, who know the price of conflict so well, are also often better equipped than men to prevent or resolve it. For generations, women have served as peace educators, both in their families and in their societies. They have proved instrumental in building bridges rather than walls. They have been crucial in preserving social order when communities have collapsed.”

Women should be shown respect. Women should be given special care. Women should be equal partners in life.

If women are not equal, it means that there is an inequity in life. Inequity is usually associated with conflict. Most people would prefer to resolve conflict without violence. Most people would agree that women represent Non-Violence.

Mahatma Gandhi said, “Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.”

Women and Non-Violence work well together to solve conflict. Women and Non-Violence can work to prevent war. If war and violence occur, then women and Non-Violence can be the solution. If people do not want war and violence, devote attention to women and Non-Violence. Preventing war will not be easy.

David Adams, former Director of UNESCO, wrote, “Quoting from the book on the culture of peace that I produced for UNESCO in 1995 (note 19): "The transformation of society from a culture of war to a culture of peace is perhaps more radical and far-reaching than any previous change in human history. Every aspect of social relations, having been shaped for millennia by the dominant culture of war, is open to change - from the relations among nations to those between women and men. Everyone, from the centers of power to the most remote villages, may be engaged”

A woman’s movement of Non-Violence is radical, but: There is logic in thinking women should lead the way for peace! People can smile with a woman’s peace movement. People can sing with a woman’s peace movement. People can feel good with a woman’s peace movement. People don’t have to resort to fear mongering. People don’t have to resort to violence.

Sister Joan Chittister, Co-Chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, in an amazing speech given at the Omega/ VDay conference in New York City, September 11, 2004 said, “The lives of our children, the protection of millions, the hopes of all humankind, wait again now for women, from opposite cultures, opposite tradition, to step over the line of political hatred to save them.”

Julia Ward Howe wrote, in the Mother’s Day Proclamation for Peace, 1870, “In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly ask that a general congress of women without limit of nationality may be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient and at the earliest period consistent with its objects, to promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of peace.”

Riane Eisler wrote in The Chalice and the Blade that there is a correlation between men and war. However, she concluded, “the problem is not men as a sex, but men and women as they must be socialized in a dominator system.”

The children must be taught Non-Violent conflict resolution. Society must represent Non-Violence. A women’s peace movement build bridges between countries, religions, and ideologies. Women take care of people. Women can be the CATALYST to stop war!

First, Bow to all and despise none. Second, join together with all the other women in the world to prove the point.

REVELATION: The new mythology The women in the world are the peacemakers! The women in the world are the force of change! The women in the world are the new political force! A savior is found - Women! Is it myth or reality? There will be a war again. Where will the peace movement be? A Day Late?

Andre Sheldon


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