Saturday, October 24, 2009

Peace: A Noble Goal

Since there is such great human toll and expense going to the war effort in Afghanistan, why not just contemplate peace for a second? Just as learning about happiness might help with the study of depression, so peace is a worthy subject of study.


Here's the definition of "peace" from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:

1 : a state of tranquillity or quiet: as a : freedom from civil disturbance b : a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom
2 : freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions
3 : harmony in personal relations
4 a : a state or period of mutual concord between governments b : a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity
5: used interjectionally to ask for silence or calm or as a greeting or farewell [rarely]

Peace is a muscle that expands with practice. To "give peace a chance" why not help the women of Afghanistan live happier lives with hope for a better future? The war effort needs to be turned in the direction of peace. Technology could help Americans win peace in Afghanistan. Computers and cellphones help women a lot as educational and business incentives.

Capturing the hearts and souls of other nations doesn't end with guns. Cultural pursuits, such as plays, ballets, operas, symphony orchestras and some organized sports are worthwhile civilizing pursuits. They're everywhere and have fuzzy edges. Often being together at cultural events helps quiet discord by necessitating discourse. Entertainment distracts and pacifies.

The employment level in Afghanistan would benefit from jobs for women in education and culture, music and movies. Why not promote more culture, perhaps create some new international rock and movie stars?

If Afghan women are educated and given the chance to create, they will elevate the everyday lives of Afghans. They will earn the respect of the men if they write and make pictures and music. It's not the women of Afghanistan who are the targets, in general, and yet they are paying with their lives. Time for America to support Afghan females. After all, they're half of the population and they don't have it easy.

How many Afghans can you name?

Hamid Karzai

Abdullah Abdullah

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