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Anyone who knows me even a little bit probably knows that I’m a crotchety old vertebrate not given much to tree hugging or hugging in general really, so when I saw Kozo’s Bloggers For Peace idea–that maybe we can create more peace in the world in 2013 by writing about it–my initial reaction was “Pshaw, pffft, hooey and harrumph.” Then I thought about it. And, well, why not? Why not write about peace as if it is actually an achievable goal? At the very least, Bloggers for Peace might remind people that peace should be a goal and we should all be working towards it.

So, here I am, the grumpy fish, writing about peace. Strangely, in a very roundabout way, I’ve written before on my concept of it. To paraphrase from the post The Fairness Sham:

“White/black, male/female, straight/gay; we are all humans on one little planet floating around in incredibly vast space and time. We are all descendents of primordial ooze. We are all the same. We all benefit from some extraordinary luck and timing to have evolved to where we are now with our thumbs and our big primate brains. So, humans of Earth, stop frittering away your big primate brain power on hatred. Accept that, no matter how differently we look, act or think, we are all humans, and as such, we all share the same fatal outcome. Make of life what you want. Stop being awful to each other. We are all in this together.”

That’s how I see it. I see absolute futility and absurdity in humans killing each other. I see how infinitesimally tiny the earth is in comparison to the vastness of the entire universe. I see that we are all the same. We are all Homo sapiens. We are all worker bees in the hive called earth and we should be working together, not tearing each other apart.

Given that it’s the time of year where people are generally a little nicer to each other, let’s try to keep that going even after the holidays.

Merry Fuckballs and Happy New Peace, motherfuckers!

If you’d like to participate in Kozo’s thing, which I really think you all should (or I will come to your house and thwap you hard on the back of the head–in a peaceful way, of course), here are the rules:

  1. Devote at least one post a month to/for/about peace. If you write poems or fiction, write a piece about peace. If you take photos, post a photo or gallery that reflects, symbolizes, defines, or creates peace. If you write rants, rant at something that disturbs the peace or rant about something that promotes peace. If you are into zen, post a blank white page. If you are an artist…you get the idea. Feel free to be creative. Peace has no boundaries. There are no mistakes. We have no enemies.
  2. Put a “Bloggers for Peace” badge on your blog. Put it anywhere on your blog–in the post, on your “about” page, as an image widget on your menu bar (feel free to link the badge to this post and put “click to join…”), on your “awards” page, on your avatar page, or get a tattoo on your chest.
    Link your post to at least one other post from a different Blogger for Peace. Hopefully, this will create a symbiotic synergy that will inspire others to create art/poetry/prose/photos/love on their posts about peace.
  3. You might also want to add the tag “B4Peace” to your post. This will also be a great way to get to know other Bloggers for Peace. I envision a virtual circle of us all holding hands in solidarity for peace.
  4. Put instructions on your post for others to join the group or link back to this post. This will help grow the movement. Can you imagine if we get enough bloggers to join so we can have a post on peace everyday? Imagine the impact we could make if everyday the internet would have some new creativity/energy/emotion/positive vibration about peace. Imagine if we linked all these posts together to create a web of peace and positive energy.

This post is the first in the Bloggers For Peace series.