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A Declaration of Unity: Let's Give Peace A Chance

Updated on December 15, 2016
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Let's Begin to Heal Our World

I thought I would start my poetry this year by writing a piece on how we need unity throughout the world. I didn’t want to stick with just one definition of it either. Unity needs to be present in all forms of life. We need unity with different countries. We need it with our own country, if truth be told, we need it the most with our individual culture. Politicians and their media debates on government and environmental issues, among other things like; peer pressures, and over-the-top fake celebrity coverage that shows our young generation a negative way to live, do cause a lot of tension in our own back yards.

Unfortunately, we live within a world that has so many things to overcome, that I sometimes wonder why I even bother to try to bring focus to this issue. However, if someone doesn’t try to keep putting this discussion out there, how will it ever be solved?

You know what really bugs me and always has? The fact that unity and peace among nations and our own selves could be so simple. It only takes compassion for one another, no judgments on a lifestyle, more understanding to why we differ in opinions about important issues such as the gun-control issue. I don’t get why people who are against laws for gun-control, do not simply listen to what Obama is trying to say. It just puzzles me to death!!! It’s not like he is trying to make a law that totally discredits the second amendment, the law for gun control would not take the right away from a stable person who can use the weapon with restraint. It would only take away the rights to the ISIS followers in the world, the Adam Lanza’s of the world, who if his mother and himself had a thorough background check, would have been labeled as unstable and not issued a gun. Those little children and teachers could be with us today.

We should never forget these tragedies: the Aurora shootings, and recently the San Bernardino shootings, and it just escalates into madness that a simple background check could prevent from going further. Would it prevent every tragedy from happening, no, that is not a logical way to think, but it certainly could bring down the rate of unnecessary and dangerous gun usage? It could save some lives!!! And wouldn’t that be better than losing a theater full of people?

We all know it is going to continue this way until we find a middle ground with each other. Until we find unity to solve the problem. What is the real issue here, is what I wonder? Would it hurt you avid hunters and gun lovers to go through a background check? Because basically that is what you are saying; you do not want to submit yourselves to something so “simple." How silly, you are using the second amendment as a crutch to not have to do this, but let’s examine what amendment means shall we; What does the word amendment really mean?

amendment
[uh-mend-muh nt]
1.the act of amending or the state of being amended.
2.an alteration of or addition to a motion, bill, constitution, etc.
3.a change made by correction, addition, or deletion:
The editors made few amendments to the manuscript.

So, this is what an amendment is; It can be a correction, an addition, or deletion. It is a document that can be altered. And I think I am reading this right; an amendment is something that is under no obligation not to be amended again.




I Guess I Have to Make a Point With These Bozo Reality Shows

And all this I mention is not even the tip of the iceberg when it comes to things we need to focus on in order to bring unity to all nations. Some may say what I'm about to speak about next is being hypocritical of what I've said about judgments, but I am not trying to speak of it in a judgmental way. I am trying to talk about it in a way that brings notice to how television and the media influence wrong ways.

It stresses me out tremendously that a simple television show could bring such judgements and negativity to us all. You know what show I’m talking about; Keeping Up with those Kardashians is not worth all the negative influence. Most of us adults, let’s be honest, do not keep up with those Kardashians, but our youth seem to find them entertaining.

Like I stated before, I’m not here to judge a lifestyle. If the Kardashians want to live in this way, it is their right, as long as they do not influence others. However, they do, and I’m sick of hearing about Kylie Jenner and her plastic surgeries and Bruce Jenner’s gender transition.

Even so, doesn't some of the blame have to go to the media for this? I mean, if truth be told, even the Kardashians have difficulty keeping up with themselves I bet. They have become a product instead of human. We should get rid of such negative shows, and I would imagine even the Kardashians would even be better for it.

My opinion of this show when it comes to promoting negativity, is basically with our youth, who now, after watching this show for years, think you have to be perfect. This type of show, in my opinion, will continue to promote a problem that has plagued us in our school system for many years; bullying! Not everyone is able to live lavish lifestyles, and I don't believe the way living a rich lifestyle is portrayed on television is a positive way to inspire unity within our youth. We should teach our children more compassion for others, and the media should stop broadcasting all these shows that promote a lifestyle that is more about being fake than real.

Let's Conquer Our Fears of Different

I could not end this without talking about building bridges. That to me is the ultimate way to bring unity into this world. And you know what? We have the platform now to do this.

The internet is a real genius to building relationships with others around the world, and let me tell you, I have taken advantage of this little device we call a computer. I have made so many friends from around the world, and it has truly helped me realize just how similar we are.

I am interested in the Muslim religion. I don’t have to be a Muslim to do this, just like my Muslim friends are curious to know about the Christian faith. We have discovered just how similar it is. It doesn’t mean we need to agree totally with each other’s beliefs and lifestyles, but an understanding is all it takes to bring a peace to each other’s worlds.

We have common sense don’t we? We know that a certain group that is doing harm and killing others are not of any religious following? Yet, most are naïve enough to believe that type of group is representing the Muslim community of the world. What?! Please don’t insult your own intelligence. Make a move. Be brave, and decide to communicate with others from all over the world. I think that is an issue right there. People seem to watch television too much, and the media coverage that depicts only a one-sided story is making the world go to war with each other. They are not brave enough to discover their own truths. I like Mother Theresa’s quote;

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
Mother Teresa

There are so many through our history that we say are our heroes, yet we do not pay attention to their teachings it seems. You cannot be a fan or follower of the words of Mother Theresa, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr, or the Dalai Lama, and not try to build bridges and speak out on all ways to bring the world peace and unite as one. They were and are about peace, about unity, about building bridges to be as one nation under God. Whatever God you want to worship; it is still possible to be this one nation. It’s called compassion for others and their lifestyles. Helping one another understand different lifestyles in a way that brings us together instead of tearing our worlds apart. UNITY! It’s what everything is about.

I have placed links and videos that really capture what the point I’m trying to put across here is, along with my poem. I hope everyone takes the time to listen to the songs, read the quotes, follow the links and just study a movement we should all be involved with; the movement of one. Unity! World Peace!

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Let's Get It Started

Let's just be...

how about you

be you, and I’ll

be me, and let’s

live in this world

with much peace

and harmony.


It isn’t so hard to

do you see…

yet, if we don’t

start, I do foresee,

much immense and

intense tragedy.


This world we live

in is falling apart,

with hate for races,

cultures, and religious

parts.


How can this be? Why

can’t we see…


if you could just be

you, and I would be

me, love would seep

through these cracks of

insanity?


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We Have the Power

Why do we think it’s

alright to judge…


so what if we have

different outlooks

on the world?


Are we not all born

to be unique? Our

personality coupled

together with our own

fears, our own strengths.


Fear is the deception

that makes us unhappy,

and it restrains us to see

many positive characteristics.


Set yourselves free from

guiding media, be your

own person, make your

own decisions.

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Keeping This Discussion Going

Do you stand with me on spreading the word?

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Admire The Simple Things In Life

Stop yourself in a busy

day, stare at the sky and

the little things.


Marvel at the beauty

you see in a child, or

a little old couple

that walks by.


We all focus too much

on a rainy day, but we

should try to look at it in a

different way.


Remember, your fear of

the lightning may be

strong, but carry optimism

to view a following rainbow.


Is it inconceivable to think

that this world could

one day be free…


I don’t think so, and

therefore, I will continue

to be an oddity, until

all the oblivious wake up

and join me...

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      Missy Smith 15 months ago from Florida

      Hi Stella,

      I wasn't around during the Vietnam War, but of course, I know much about it through documentaries, and even my dad talking a little about it through the years as he was in the service at that time. I agree that it played a major roll in dividing us culturally. We didn't care to understand others after that I don't think. Again though, I'm only talking through a perspective of how I believe people felt after that terrible war. I want unity and peace again, and I will always hold out hope for that. Thanks for stopping by to read my article. Blessings, ~Missy

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      stella vadakin 15 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      PEACE is wonderful for all people. I remember the peace we should have had in the 1960 years. It did have to do with greed. The Vietnam War divided this country and it has never been the same since. I agree with you the media TV has not helped our children too much. Good Hub, Stella

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      Missy Smith 19 months ago from Florida

      Thank you, aviannovice. That is so true! I hope more people wake up to the truth very soon! God Bless! :)

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      Deb Hirt 19 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      It really is not hard to achieve peace, for if both parties are willing, anything can be done.

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      Missy Smith 19 months ago from Florida

      So simple, yet so complicated in this day and time. Thanks for stopping in Gypsy!

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      Missy Smith 19 months ago from Florida

      No, thank you Surabhi. And please don't worry about being busy. After all, that is part of life. Take care and good luck on your exams!! :)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 19 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      If we all would just let the love in our hearts and the compassion for one another this world would be such a better place.

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      Surabhi Kaura 19 months ago

      Hi Missy! So sorry. I have been quite busy lately with office work and exam preparation. Weekends seem to suit me. How can I miss your beautiful poetries? Honestly, I love this hub of yours. So much beauty and wisdom. Thank you for this. Stay blessed.

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      Missy Smith 19 months ago from Florida

      Yes, it is simple. It takes the thought process to want to be a good person and then do what you can. You don't have to do a lot just be nice to your neighbor if that's all you can do. Thanks Dana! :)

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      Missy Smith 19 months ago from Florida

      Continued thanks to you, Frank, for always stopping by and giving me lovely compliments. Happy New Year!! :)

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      Dana Tate 19 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Amazing work Missy, simply outstanding! You are right we do have the power to end world hunger, racism, all we have to do is decide we want to live the rest of our lives in a world of peace. It seems so simple, yet, many find it hard to do. Again, I commend you on this outstanding piece of work.

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      Frank Atanacio 19 months ago from Shelton

      Missy what a wonderful collection of poetry .. the message of unity stands tall.. happy new year :)

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      Missy Smith 19 months ago from Florida

      We need to find our potential again. Let's not give up on humanity altogether. Stay open-minded! Thank you for stopping in and reading this hub, annasmom. :)

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      annasmom 19 months ago

      Missy, Missy ... The world, the religious and political climates...it really makes me wonder why human nature has to choose up sides and have a "winner" and a "loser." I have always been open-minded, even drawn to extremes in the past out of sheer curiosity. Now I find timidity in me...a fear, and it is new, of speaking, of inquiry, of experience, because everyone has chosen a side and it's no longer acceptable to be either curious or unique. We are all certainly losing ... Thank you for trying to remind us of our potential.

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      Missy Smith 19 months ago from Florida

      I am so pleased you liked this one, Manatita. We do need more compassion in this world, so I am thrilled that you see mine. :)

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      Missy Smith 19 months ago from Florida

      I am so happy you think this is my best work, Whonu! I really tried to put my heart into it. I wanted everyone to read my point of view clearly on the subject of peace and unity. Thank you! :)

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      manatita44 19 months ago from london

      Missy,

      A lot of passion in this one, yet I sense a beautiful struggle. I say 'Amen, my Sweet Sister.'

      Your poems are sweeter, simpler, with more compassion ...the very things we need as humans. Your videos are charming, holistic, loving ...your Spirit is alive, vibrant and filled with beauty. God bless and guide you, always ...

      Love -Manatita

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      whonunuwho 19 months ago from United States

      I loved your message of love and peace. I believe it is your best work my friend. So well done and presented. This is so very uplifting of spirit and sends a message to the world. Thank you for sharing this wonderful work. whonu

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      Missy Smith 19 months ago from Florida

      Such a nice saying, Hari. Yes, let's reverberate and keep this message of hope flowing. We shall overcome! ;)

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      Hari Prasad S 19 months ago from Bangalore

      Sing...

      We shall overcome (3)

      Someday,

      O, deep in my heart I do believe,

      We shall overcome someday.

      We used to sing it in school.

      Your hub is excellent. Missy. Now this is quite a refreshing change. Kudos.

      the statement to shun,

      I am no citizen of just a nation,

      But cause reverberations, saying,

      I am a world citizen.

      - hari

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      Missy Smith 19 months ago from Florida

      Oh, that's wonderful, Kathleen! It's very nice to meet you here, and I am so pleased you enjoyed my thoughts on peace and unity. Thank you so much! :)

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      Kathleen Kerswig 19 months ago

      I belong to a spiritual community, Unity of Fort Myers, and peace is the key, in my opinion. I appreciate your ideas expressed here. Thank you for sharing it with all of us. Many blessings to you for a peaceful and prosperous 2016!

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      Missy Smith 19 months ago from Florida

      That is why I wrote this Venkatachari. I really think more of us needs to speak out on unity and peace. I know too, a lot do not think their voice will cause a change, I, myself, pondered that thought a few times before writing this; however, I am a chance taker, and I hope my voice will be heard through my words. Thank you!

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      Missy Smith 19 months ago from Florida

      Thank you, thank you!! I know I can always count on my mate from down under to give me a hand on spreading an important message. I'm really pleased that you liked this John, and I hope, like you, that it will be read hundreds and thousands of times. It's such an important message. It has always stayed on my mind. How to put a point across about unity, is kind of a difficult thing to do without offending, but I had to take my chances here. I want things to be different for my children's future and their children's future. I would like to leave here knowing Peace and Unity have finally prevailed. :)

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      Venkatachari M 19 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Great thoughts, Missy. Glad to see you voice here for the sake of unity and peace. It is the most important thing that we are lacking now. Everyone should realise the need for it and work for it. I support your mission.

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      Missy Smith 19 months ago from Florida

      Thank you, Swalia. I don't know; it's just I've always had this desire to bring peace. I think maybe because I was such a shy person growing up in this world, I became really observant, and I noticed all the injustice so clearly, where I believe others don't pay attention as much. I hope this piece brings many readers, and I hope they appreciate my purpose here. Unity is a great dream, but I still believe it can become a reality!

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      Missy Smith 19 months ago from Florida

      Thank you so much, Bill. And may peace be with you as well! I felt this was a good way to start 2016, and I am glad you are with me on this! Many blessings to you, my friend. :)

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      John Hansen 19 months ago from Queensland Australia

      What a wonderful and important hub this is Missy, especially with the world in the mess it is today. Your message is clear in your prose and poetry and I hope hundreds if not thousands read your words. We need "peace!" I will share this when I get on my computer. On the iPad now which doesn't allow me to. Great work my friend. Hugs.

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      Shaloo Walia 19 months ago

      Awesome poem, Missy! Only if people become a bit more tolerant, peace can be restored. I loved the message of optimism in the concluding lines.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Count me in! Pax Vobiscum, my friend.