February 28, 2022
“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”
Some time ago I visited the Ukrain as part of a United Nations Childrens Fund sponsored trip. I have fond memories of many of the people I met. I learned more about their country and its historical struggles.
Kiwanis also made a film featuring a young singing pianist who had contracted Thyroid Cancer when she lived in the Chernobal nuclear fall out region. This vivacious young lady later preformed at a Kiwanis International convention in the US. Her and her mother became my friends and I worry about them during the outrageous invasion of the Ukraine by Russia.
What a tragedy that hundreds, if not thousands of innocent folks like my friends will perish because of the inhumane actions of a power hungry dictator. I hope the world has the wherewithal to find a path to peace.
Here is an edited article that reminds us of how nationalism has often resulted in conflict.
NATIONALISM THREAT ON WORLD PEACE
“So it is the human condition that to wish for the greatness of one’s fatherland is to wish evil to one’s neighbors,” said Voltaire. The rise of nationalism across the world, especially in the US, the UK, Russia, China, Germany, France, Hungary, and Italy is alarming. Nationalism is a poisonous idea for it is a feeling of superiority over others and hostility towards other nations. It naturally leads to interventionism, conflicts, and wars. Nationalism breeds cockiness, which is a false confidence and abusive energy. It puts others down to feel good. Nationalism was the primary factor that kept Europe for centuries in conflicts, leading to WWI and WWII. We all recognize that it was the German nationalism that empowered Hitler and afterward brought shame to the Germans. Nationalism was also the factor in the 1990s that the Serbs massacred Muslims in Bosnia and Kosovo, which was globally televised. Most of us remember the 1995 UN safe-haven Srebrenica massacre perpetrated by the Serbian Christians. Nationalism is destructive. “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” said George Santayana.
No religion, nation, or race is intrinsically bad or good. It is what we make it to be. To an assured and peaceful person, it is love and peace to share with others. To a fearful and vicious person, it is a tool to dominate others.
Dr. Mehdi Alavi
“You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.”
A Jewish man and a Chinese man were conversing. The Jewish man commented upon what a wise people the Chinese are.
“Yes,” replied the Chinese, “Our culture is over 4,000 years old. But, you Jews are a very wise people, too.”
The Jewish man replied, “Yes, our culture is over 5,000 years old.”
The Chinese man was incredulous, “That’s impossible,” he replied. “Where did your people eat for a thousand years?
On my recent birthday my wife gave me a superb birthday present. She let me win an argument.
Four retired Army vets are walking down the street window shopping. Then they turn a corner and see a sign that says “Veterans Bar” over the doorway of an entry into an establishment that doesn’t look all that well kept up. They look at each other then go in. On the inside, they realize in this case, they could judge the ‘book by it’s cover’.
The old bartender says in a voice that carries across the room, “Come on in and let me pour one for you! What’ll it be, gentlemen?” There seems to be a fully stocked bar so the men all ask for a martini. In short time the bartender serves up 4 iced martinis – shaken not stirred and says, “That’ll be 40 cents, please.” The four men stare at the bartender for a moment then look at each other – they can’t believe their good luck. They pay the 40 cents, finish their martinis and or! der another round. Again, four excellent martinis are produced with the bartender again saying, “That’s 40 more cents, please.”
They pay the 40 cents but their curiosity is more than they can stand. They’ve each had two martinis and so far they’ve spent less than a dollar. Finally one of the men says, “How can you afford to serve martinis as good as these for a dime a piece?”
The bartender replies, “No doubt you’ve noticed the decor in here. And the outside ain’t nothin’ to write home about. I don’t waste money on that stuff. But, here’s my story. I’m a retired Master Sargent and I always wanted to own a bar. Last year I hit the lottery for $45 million and decided to open this place for real veterans. Every drink costs a dime, wine, liquor, beer, all the same.”
“Wow. That’s quite a story.” says one of the men. The four of them sipped at their martinis and couldn’t help but notice three other guys at the end of the! bar who didn’t have a drink in front of them and hadn’t ordered anything the whole time they were there. One man finished his martini and, gestured at the three at the end of the bar without drinks and asks the bartender, “What’s with them?”
The bartender says, “Oh, they are retired in Florida. They’re waiting for happy hour
A lot of people mistake a short memory for a clear conscience.
The sad thing is that I can relate to some of the following:
Three old guys were out walking.
First one says. “Windy isn’t it? “
Second one says, “No its Thursday”!!
Third one says. “So am I. Lets go get a beer”
I’ll believe psychics when one phones me, just in the nick of time, yelling, “Duck!”
Two old guys were sitting in the park, talking, when the subject turned to getting older. The first guy said “Women have all the luck when it comes to getting older.”
“What do you mean?” asked the second guy.
“Well,” replied the first. “I can barely remember the last time I got aroused in bed, but my wife is healthier than ever!”
“Healthier? How is that?” his buddy wondered.
“Years ago, when we were younger, almost every night before bed she’d get these terrible headaches.” he answered. “Now that we’re older, she hasn’t had a headache in years.”
“Before they invented drawing boards, what did they go back to?”
QUESTIONS I’VE WONDERED ABOUT
Do people in Australia call the rest of the world “up over”?
Does killing time damage eternity?
Why doesn’t Tarzan have a beard?
Why is it that night falls and day breaks?
Why is it that when you are driving and looking for an address, you turn down the radio?
Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?
Do pilots take crash courses?
How can there be self-help “groups”?
“Of all our dreams today, there is none more important—or so hard to realize—than that of peace in the world.”
Lester B. Pearson
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