Greetings to the world wide fellowship that is Scouting4Peace

From time to time I will be posting my own thoughts and experiences for peace and, to some extent, where Scouts fit in. hoping that these thoughts may help or inspire others.

I'm going to start with something I saw on a news website where, perhaps especially with regard to the situation in Syria, the Pope said "War always marks the failure of peace, it is always a defeat for humanity."

It often seems that somewhere in the world there is always a war going on and it would be easy to think that war is part of the human condition. Just because it happens so often does not make it right. Whatever our religious beliefs it is good to hear that the natural state for mankind is peace. In recent times, and across the world, wars have damaged historical sites that mark man's great achievements; there are those that would wipe out anything that doesn't fit in with their world view. We can also see in the refugee problems in Syria and other places that war does indeed defeat humanity. 

The Fourth Scout Law reminds us that we are all part of the world-wide family of Scouts - when you are hurting I feel your pain, when your spirits are low I pray for you, when you have a need I will do what I can to meet that need.

The Scout motto is "Be prepared" and, for the future that is perhaps the way we can show the world that peace is always better than war. Following the Fifth Scout Law in the days ahead we can show courage and play a part in rebuilding for peace. Our care for property and possessions together with making good use of time may call us to help rebuild homes for the homeless; schools that need equipment; hospitals that need to be clean; and to provide little luxuries lost in the war, to show people they can survive and live for the future.

Until there is a level of peace to allow these things we can all at least pray for those in lands troubled by war and we should also be looking for ways to build a peace and show that humanity will not be defeated.

May your God (and The Scout Promise) comfort and strengthen you and show us how to make the world a better place.

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Comment by George Wright on September 9, 2013 at 7:55pm

Thanks for that U. Savas Baran. I wonder what other members or sections will be doing to mark the International Day of Peace on 21st September?

Comment by U. Savas Baran on September 9, 2013 at 6:52pm

Thanks. On the days of World peace Day 1 Aeptember to interbational Dey of Peace 21 September

 

Comment by George Wright on September 9, 2013 at 3:57pm

Thank you for that comment, Tom. It beautifully expresses my thinking too.

Comment by Tom Seubert on September 9, 2013 at 3:26pm

This is something I authored back in April that got great recpetion due to the Boston marathon bombings:

As our world keeps on changing

We also need to change as well

Changes are all around us, in our community, country, and world

The United States has become the most religiously diverse country in the world.

People struggle to accept these changes

Different religions, different philosophies, and different traditions

All seem to add fuel to the confusion.

Strong responses to these misunderstandings have led to violent conflicts

And left our world in a dangerous place

But it does not need to be

Our world needs people who are willing to set aside differences

And are willing to learn from each other

To be open minded to see the beauty in all people

This world needs true Leadership

So that conflicts can be resolved,

So that all can grow to their full potential,

So that all can live together in harmony

For we have only one world to live on

What this world really needs are more people who truly are

Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent

And through God, who created all of us in true equality

May we all work together to bring such a world to be

Comment by R. Carroll Sasser on September 9, 2013 at 2:16am

When we count the losses, wars are never won. When will we learn that our differences can better be resolved through dialogue and respect for the rights and opinions of others? We should be able to disagree and still celebrate what we do agree on.

 

Pray for peaceful settlement between nations.

Comment by Tarek Y Aziz on September 9, 2013 at 12:22am

Thank you so much for sharing us this nice thought George it is really true that we must have something to share as scouts and be part of spreading peace

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