Thursday, November 13, 2008

How to Create World Peace

I am too burnt out right now to talk about my existential struggles, so instead I have decided, once and for all to resolve the problem of "World Peace":

Aqua's 10 Steps that would lead to World Peace:

1) Either a) Get rid of all religions, OR b)Everyone agree that all religions pretty much preach the same thing...Love and care for people, animals, all beings the way they need to be love. If "b" everyone accept that others have different ways of achieving the same goal. And in the religions that have a God, or Higher Being, understand that NO higher being wants to see their humans killing and maiming each other, or any of the other beings on earth...after all the Higher Being created these beings. Why the hell would they want to see them hurt or killed?

2) Everyone, everywhere, drop your guns and lay down your bombs (gently), and go have a long dinner with the person you were about to shoot, maim, or kill.

3) Everyone who is at war, invite your enemies to stay at your house for a few days, then go stay at your enemies house for a few days. Meet their children, their wives, their husbands, aunts, uncles and grandparents. Talk with them until late into the night. Sleep in their bed, under their roof. Wake up in the morning and have breakfast with them

4) Exchange kids with your enemy for a week. Get to know their kids. Hold their children when they feel scared and lonely. Put bandaids on their cuts when they scrape their knees. Sing to them and tell them stories before you tuck them in at night. Hug and kiss them goodnight.

5) Have a block party where a hundred enemies come together, sit down and talk, sing and dance late into the night. Meet your enemy's neighbours, their religious leaders, their postmen, and doctors, their university students, their politicians and their artists. Get to know your enemy's community.

6) Build a big campfire with your enemy, pull out a guitar, pull up some chairs, sing campfire songs and make smores together.

7) Everyone who is fighting, everywhere in the world, get your swimsuits on and go for a nice long swim together. Play water polo with each other. Snorkel together, or if you are near the north or south poles have a gigantic polar bear swim, then race to a sauna and hang out together.

8) Make it a rule, that before you kill someone, you must first meet their wives, husbands and children for at least one hour. You must listen to what they fear the most, you must tell them the same. You must also tell each other who you love and why.

9) Get rid of all the cars and start walking every where. Greet every single person you meet with a smile and a handshake. Introduce yourself. Learn their names. Learn about their lives. Have an open door policy so anyone can stop by and visit if they are in your neighbourhood. Feel comfortable stopping by others places to visit. Have no expectations that yours, or their house will be clean or tidy. You are going to see them, not their house. After you have met them 10 times hug them when you say goodbye.

10) Have compassion for everyone you come across in your life. Try to see the world from their perspective. Try to walk in their shoes. Give everyone the benefit of the doubt. Know that all people want to get through life safely and happily and take care of their friends and family.


deepblue said...

I love this post. Especially about getting to know the families of your enemies, and sleeping under their roof, hearing about the people they love. So so true.

Lola Snow said...

Aqua, this is my favourite post EVER that you have written. The job of "Queen of the World" is yours. When can you start? We have a few important issues that you need to take care of!!!

No seriously, I'm going to bookmark this and everytime I want to attack my boss with a roll of sticky tape I'm going to read this post

Lola x

PS Don't ever stop blogging y'hear?

Aqua said...

I'm glad you both liked the post.

after I wrote it I remembered your xmas post lola and thought about all the dynamics that happen when my family gets together. I began to wonder if meeting people's families might start a war:>) instead...ha, ha.

Tamara (TC) said...


What a wonderful post. Gosh, it would be so great if that could all work. I like that you are putting such positive thoughts on your blog lately. Very inspiring.