Whenever I visit New York I make time to go to the United Nations building. In fact, it has become something of a pilgrimage.
I do it because it reminds me of what is important in this World; the inherent dignity of all human beings and their right to live in freedom, peace and justice.
All the killings, bombings, drone attacks, wars and violence make my pilgrimage all the more poignant this year.
Peace inside the UN
Just inside the entrance stands a magnificent life-size bronze statue of Nelson Mandala; arms wide open, almost as if embracing everyone who enters.
Nelson Mandela’s status inside the UN building in New York City.
Further inside, is something I really needed to see. It’s a yellow painting of a dove with the words: “Peace begins with me” (featured at the top of this blog).
Peace begins with each and every one of us
It does you know. The creation of peace begins with each and every one of us. Consider this: As human beings with science, religion and philosophy we learn more about the wonder of all creation and actually become the voice of that creation, not to mention peace.
In other words, we are giving voice to the billions of years since the Big Bang. The creation of planets and stars all the way down to the tiniest living organism. That makes us special far beyond the warlike creatures we can be.
I know this has been said in many different ways before; I think of the weary world that emerged out of World War II. Not to mention the tired leaders who never wanted to see such death and destruction again. I fear we are forgetting those lessons. If we do, we are doomed to repeat them.
So, it’s up to me and you. Yes, you reading this blog and me sitting here inside the UN building.
It’s time for us all to do peace, not just talk about it.