PEACE Everywhere: Let’s Show We Dare. How? A Checklist
POETRY FORMAT, 9 Apr 2018
An important check list to help make us believe that peace is possible and a human right for all people.
at home ? Sustaining family harmony
at school ? Composing an educational symphony
at work ? Learning to negotiate dignifyingly
at worship place ? Engaging in deepest meditation
in diplomacy ? Applying constructive mediation
in security ? Adding Nonviolence/Nonkilling approaches
In international relations ? Probing intercultural understanding
In science centers/programs ? Multiplying LIFE-supporting projects
In technology ? Developing life-enhancing inventions
In arts ? Inspiring imaginative serenity projects
In environment ? Celebrating the dignity of Nature
In communication ? Elevating communicative dignity
In politics ? Requiring integrity of all political agents
In health services ? Inspiring cooperation among intranational health
In world history ? Documenting contributions of Peacebuilding Influencers
In longevity ? Fostering intergenerational interdependence
In human rights ? Educating all children for Peace as as Human Right
[The poet implores readers to challenge themselves to add to the above list. Implicit in each item : How?]
Francisco Gomes de Matos, Ph.D. is an applied peace linguist from Recife, Brazil. He has degrees in Languages, Law, and Linguistics. He is Professor Emeritus at the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco where he is active in the Dom Hélder Camara Human Rights Commission. He is one of the pioneers in Linguistic Rights (author of 1984 Plea for a Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights) and in the emerging area of Peace Linguistics. Currently he is President of the Board, ABA Global Education (www.abaweb.org). He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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