January 1 is the start of a new year and beginning, but also a day to renew your commitment to a World of Peace by acknowledging World Day of Peace.
Nelson Mandela said that “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love. For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
Every year Daisaku Ikeda, Buddhist philosopher, author, peacebuilder, and Soka Gakkai International's president, issues a Peace Proposal every year. A year ago, Ikeda proposed for a more humane future through increased collaboration between the UN and civil society that would empower people to overcome suffering.
This year Pope Francis calls for peace....
It's been just a few short months since we were here, on social media, honoring the 70th anniversary.
While... there is conflict in Syria. Chaos and destruction caused by “Daesh” (ISIS) with a refugee crisis following its path of apocalyptic-like destruction.
But how bad is it really? See the movie below: 'The Fallen of World War II'? The amount of people who lost their lives in this 6 year Middle Eastern war has staggered to 70 million with 20 million lives being civilians'.
"Peace is a difficult thing to measure. It is a bit like counting the people who didn't die, in wars that never happened. We give such importance to the word peace but we don't tend to notice when it occurs or report on it." - Neil Halloran
And here we go again? Right now, if we're planning on NOT repeating history, then it is more crucial than ever to talk about peace and to remember the alternative... This narrative cannot be forgotten in history!
The Rising Tide - Europe Refugee Crisis
Life is like an echo. What we send out is what comes back to us. You will sow what you reap and get what you give. What you see in others is often what also exists inside of you.
Mark Zuckenberg has a dream to provide free internet to the world, something we already enjoy without thinking twice in the USA. He envisions it as a “911 of the internet” and feel that just like we have access to emergency care, so the internet should also be accessible by all.
As a South African in America I can understand first hand the effect this dream of his can have. Back at home we have students desperately trying to complete studies while textbook got delayed by corrupt officials. Riots and violence makes it hard to leave home let alone hold a job. Having access to the internet gives us access to knowledge, remote communication, the ability to be productive without being at a workplace.
"Bringing the World Internet access is our moral responsibility!" - Mark Zuckenberg.
Targeting the poor and giving them the ability to explore a digital word will definitely be scary and strange at first. I often tell my clients before they are able to fully understand marketing their businesses on Facebook, they need to plugin on Facebook as a human.
Make friends with people you know, find your estranged family, seek out old flames. When you are drawn to the addiction down the rabbit hole of your social feed only then you can also understand the power of its full reach.
The poor might feel extorted and used to drive capitalism but I am urging you to please look further. When you look further and see that YOU can be on the receiving side. YOU can be empowered. YOU can use this tool to be your own boss. YOU can work towards building your own business. YOU have the ability to support your family....if you decide to put in the work.
The internet is one of the most powerful tools for economic and social progress. It gives people access to jobs, knowledge and opportunities. It gives voice to the voiceless in our society, and it connects people with vital resources for health and education. - Mark Zuckenberg
Internet.org was created to connect the world, but to do this many obstacles must be overcome. In this day and age it might be hard to grasp but not everyone wants the poor connected and empowered. In a consumer driven society capitalism and corporate giants with big CEO's dependent on the labor and submission of the poor.
"The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." - Steve Biko. "Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings". - Nelson Mandela