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An Appeal For World Peace

Updated on March 16, 2014
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Interacting with Other Cultures

Last night, at Diwali 2011, while we were sitting down for dinner, I learned a great deal. I appeared to be at the International Table, so to speak. While eating my delectable feast of Eastern Indian food, I listened to the conversations about me. There were people in my close proximity from France, Korea, China, India, Mexico, and Finland. Not having superhuman hearing, those were all the people that I could listen to at one time. Truthfully, I wished that I could hear and participate in more of these conversations, but I am grateful for the ways that I was enlightened.

Out of the kindness of her heart, I received a recipe for green salsa from the Mexican woman that I spoke with. I learned how long it takes to fly to Oklahoma from Finland, which, by the way, more time was spent on the ground awaiting connecting flights. Bless this woman’s heart for her fortitude, and for the fact that she was at the table to speak to me. A young lady from India is in her freshman year to learn mechanical engineering here. She is not certain if she will stay here or return home to use her skills there.

All in all, my friends, I learned from our potpourri tonight that not only are you all great individuals in the sense of your goals and differences, but you gave pieces of yourselves in the hopes to learn about and get to know others. You are also doing a great service: you are introducing your culture.

My Hopes

The greatest importance of all this, I believe, is the way that we all interacted and how this can relate to world peace and learning to get along with each other. This is what I learned overall tonight, from the moment I stepped in the door and began relating to all different kinds of peoples of the world. No, I did not forget you, Singapore-Indian young man with the wonderful smile. I recall that you told me that you are an electrical engineering student interested in electronics(smile). You also told me that your Chinese friend beside you was your senior!

So, overall, I think that world peace can begin with all of us. It was easy for us all to relate individually, and I think that’s where this is going to begin. Doing this globally is not, and will not work. Therefore, let’s just start like we did tonight, and branch out from here. Let this letter to those of you that I met tonight start the ball rolling, and let’s see where we end up a year from now. If we broaden our circle of friends one person at a time, before you know it, I think we could really be looking at a positive impact on our individual work ten years from now for world peace.

"I Also Have a Dream"

I’d like to see us take the time to not only become friends, but learn each other’s culture, perhaps each other’s languages, and respect each other as the individuals that we are. Then the rest will come. You’ll see. I’m counting on all of you to help me do this. We can also say that Diwali night at Oklahoma State University brought this all to a start. This is a great school that is growing. I think we can add the start of world peace to its many accomplishments and branch out from there.

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    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I agree with you completely, Sha. We own our own minds and hearts.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      3 years ago from Central Florida

      That's the problem, Deb. People listen to government and not their hearts. I hope this article circles the globe enough times to make an impact. We are people with minds, souls, and beliefs. That's the only thing that can't be taken away from us. That is, unless we sell our souls.

      Huh uh. Not this little girl! My soul is the only thing no one can take from me!

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      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Sha, this piece is going all over the world, to let others know how many of us feel about other races and religions. We have to do it ourselves, as government is incapable, which they have proven over and over.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      3 years ago from Central Florida

      Deb, you speak to my heart. I wish we could get through to the people who have been raised to hate a race or a religious sect, and those who think all the rest of us must die because we don't believe.

      Do any of those people have minds of their own? Are they too afraid to step away from what has been mandated and expected?

      I think that's where the block to peace and freedom comes in. I can't imagine being forced to believe one way or another. I cannot imagine not rebelling when I find fault in what I'm taught. Hell, I fought my parents and I fought the nuns in school. I came out a person who knows who she is and what she wants. I never lost love, nor respect in the process.

      People need to learn to listen to their souls - not the dictates of others. That will be the first step towards world peace.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Lela, you're making me blush! Thanks for everything. It's good to know that so many of us here think the same way.

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      CreatePerfection 

      5 years ago from Beautiful Colorado

      Hi aviannovice,

      I just came across this article that you wrote. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. You are a truly great human being and I am so glad to have met you here on Hubpages.

      Blessings,

      Lela

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Catsimmons,this is what I love, to be able to reach out to others. I have friends from Australia, the UK, Indonesia, India, China, and the list keeps growing. As a child, I became involved with collecting stamps, which I still do to this day, and that got me interested in cultures at the age of 7. On the pictures that I post for "Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, a weekly hub on wild birds, I have been asked why I label the common birds, and my reply is, "for my friends from other countries." So thanks for taking the time to read and your comment.

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      Catherine Simmons 

      6 years ago from Mission BC Canada

      Lovely hub, voted up :-)

      As an immigrant from the UK to Canada, I have great opportunities to be friends with people whose families have originated from all over the world. We all have the same human connection, and although our rituals and cultures may be different there is always common ground, usually based on love for our families.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks for your kind words, Fennelseed. Please share this, as I would like it to travel the world and show everyone how progressive many of us are.

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      Annie Fenn 

      6 years ago from Australia

      Aviannovice, you are so right and I feel your excitement and hope. I think for far too long fear of other cultures and of the unknown have separated people. Everyone from every nation has something to offer, we all need to respect each other and listen and learn. A great hub, my votes and best wishes to you and if you don't mind my sharing with others here.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thank you. I'm confident that we, as people, can respect and admire one another for who we are, as individuals.

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      Jocelyn 

      6 years ago

      Great article, let us all start a little at a time. Waiting for the next one.

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