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Dear Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, and US Secretary of State John Kerry
It is past time for the UN to create a coalition and stop the expansion of
This is particularly why the charter of the U.N. was established: "...To
maintain international peace and security, and to that end: to take
effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to
the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches
of the peace...."
ISIS has traveled and expanded far enough.
Innocent people in several countries face extermination, and this is not
acceptable in modern eyes, when collectively we can prevent these
atrocities and re-establish the rightful sovereignty and peace of the
trampled cities and people deserve.
Please work immediately to intervene, with as many varied nations
contributing as soon as possible.
Days and weeks ahead is too long.
ISIS needs multi-nationally to be first contained and then sent back --
Thank you and please hurry up.
Via the New York Times. Heartbreaking. There is much hand-wringing about the violence from extremist Muslims, rightly so.
But the disdain of modern Muslims in Mecca, dishonoring their ancient sites, is hard to believe.
There is something sacred in the sites, and much is lost when that physical connection to the roots of their religion is broken. This is hurtful to know about. Here
The death of a sea. Is this now commonplace?
I'd post this on Facebook, and not get a like.
We are killing the planet, and not little by little.
I'd learned about the Aral Sea., when I was a young boy.
Now there is no Aral Sea.
Is this ok?
What do I do with the feeling of sickness in my stomach?
Feeling that we are doing things terribly wrong, see terrible things happen that we are putting into motion. And for those of us who care, who feel the sickness, who act, knowing there are several for each one of us who just page down, superficially letting the news gloss over them and look for a story that resonates with their ego, or searching for a snarky comment that can let other superficial people think they get what's going on, but are too shallow and hip to care.
Is this ok?
Oh man. Can this be? In my lifetime, "GENEVA - The world populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles fell overall by 52 per cent between 1970 and 2010, far faster than previously thought, the World Wildlife Fund said on Tuesday." Here
"Preserving nature was not just about protecting wild places but also about safeguarding the future of humanity, "indeed, our very survival." "The report also measured how close the planet is to nine so-called "planetary boundaries", thresholds of "potentially catastrophic changes to life as we know it".
Three such thresholds have already been crossed - biodiversity, carbon dioxide levels and nitrogen pollution from fertilisers. Two more were in danger of being breached - ocean acidification and phosphorus levels in freshwater. "Given the pace and scale of change, we can no longer exclude the possibility of reaching critical tipping points that could abruptly and irreversibly change living conditions on Earth," the report said.
I've been thinking some about the Winter Solstice, the Mayan end of the 30,000-year-cycle on 12/21/12.
What if in fact the world did end? To live consciously, even though this probably will not happen, it is honest to take a bit of an inventory.
Am I happy with how I've lived my life? (Yesterday, I thought mostly yes, with some areas for improvement, as below.) Are there changes I would make? Would I have tried to forgive those that were hostile or disappointing to me? Would I spend more time with those I loved the most, telling them that, feeling that more? Would I be happier, grateful for what I have, what I've experienced, the joy, the beauty in this world?
Maybe the answer is yes to all of the above. So this time can serve as a point of rebirth for all of us. If we think about it.
Because somewhere I realized I think maybe mankind deserves it. ! The way we are killing each other, killing the planet. How selfish we are, and snotty to those around us. Petty, competitive. Why is this? Do we have to behave this way? (I say no, it greatly detracts and misdirects energy from the full-time celebration in which we could engage, the great multi-cultural, multi-rhythmic dance we can sustain here.)
Maybe God or the Great Universe is fed up, and will pull the rug out from under us. Don't think I can say we could blame Him/Her/It.
But it probably won't happen. (Probably not! This time.)
Still we are finite on this ride.
It is a time to think, am I happy with how I've lived my life? Hopefully most of us can say yes.
For the part of us that have a little worry, a little sadness.... This is the time to be present. This is the time to be the person you want to be, that can die at peace, that can hope to every day be able to look yourself and the Universe in the eye and say, how beautiful, smiling, and thank you. Let's do that.
Antidotes to Violence, a.k.a., Take Charge of Where Your Head's At - here
Tell Congress to Strengthen Gun Control Laws NOW - here
Good News & Brain Food News - Christians & Muslims Gather, for Peace here Good News - Top RIO+20 Summit Postshere The 'Busy' Trap - NYTimes.comhere