Saturday, May 06, 2006

World peace is possible; here's how

"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 D. Eisenhower

The beauty of this, of course, is that Eisenhower was the general who led the Allied forces at the end of the Second World War, then was president of the USA after that.

The leader of what was even then the most powerful nation in the world had faith in his people, in people everywhere, that they would want and demand peace. He believed that peace would be inevitable because it would be desired by so many people.

What Eisenhower did not reckon with is the feeling of powerlessness that these people felt and feel today.

Some studies have shown that over 90 percent of the people of the world want peace in the world. That's always, meaning that peace must be the criterion by which all national leaders conduct their international relations.

It's not the primary criterion, of course. The greediest, power-hungry people find ways to work their way into positions of power while the rest of their comparatively peaceful countrymen watch. And do nothing to stop these power-mad people.

And do nothing.

The TIA program was designed to give a method by which peace can be achieved in the world. It depends on the people who want peace signing up with the TIA group and eventually joining thousands of others in their own country to ask their governments to enact legislation that would bring about a TIA plan in schools.

Nothing fancy. Nothing complicated or expensive. No great commitment to a cause.

But it does mean that those who really do want peace will have to do something, albeit only a little bit. They don't have to lead anything or march on any government buildings or hold sit-ins anywhere. Just belong to a group. A group that stands for peace.

What a small price to pay to do your part to bring peace to the world.

Please invite people you know to join us at

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to bring peace in the only viable way it could ever happen.
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