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EDDD 20 – All I Want – World Peace

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It’s Day Five of “All I Want,” and today I’d like to ask what you would do to make the world a better place, if you could.

The wish for world peace, to feed the hungry, to end poverty and abuse, and to rid the planet of disease is an ideal for many of us. Some have a favourite charity; many like me find it hard to decide on just one.

We’ve all heard the adage, ‘Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day, but teach a man to fish and he’ll feed himself for a lifetime.’ Given this, I’ve pondered what, if I could teach enough people, would make a difference in the world. I came up with one idea.

I would teach people to choose their battles wisely – to not sweat the small stuff, so to speak. For instance, if something someone is doing isn’t going to hurt anyone, simply let them get on with it in their own way. On a purely domestic level I believe to do so would create peace and harmony in homes, in neighbourhoods, and in towns and cities. To teach people to live and let live may not end wars, but it would certainly make many places in the world a better place to live.

What would you do, if you could, to make the world a better place? Would you teach the world a skill? Would you build a shelter in your own neighbourhood for people who need it?

I want to hear from you.

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Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

29 thoughts on “EDDD 20 – All I Want – World Peace

  1. Kindness doesn’t cost a thing. I live it, I teach it and I implore everyone to do the same.
    But it will not cure disease or feed the hungry, or any of the big things…directly. But I like to think if people weren’t so angry and vengeful all the time, they’d have more energy to impact the big problems.

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  2. World peace through shared arts. Teaching children more about the way different cultures express themselves. This should be done on a much larger level than it is.

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  3. I wish for fish in my fish wish dish. (Have I heard this before?)

    The world going to a higher plane of spirituality would be a good second choice.

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  4. As a civil rights attorney, I work to bring equality to all. As a novelist, I work to promote animal rights. In my free time, I work to heal us of our physical, emotional and spiritual pain. I’m working g it, but I’ve got a long way to go. Sigh. Lots of fulfilling work, but the more I do, the more need I see.

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  5. I would teach them the proper gap between them and the car in front of them. I’d educate them about the purpose of blinkers. They would discover you can let the guy into your lane and you’ll lose maybe a second of time, and speeding up to close the gap is a really mean thing to do. If you’re in a round about, don’t stop. You can drive faster than 20 mph when there’s a dusting of snow on a 35 mph road. It’s unsafe for your passenger to crawl half way out of her window to flip my brother and his adorable family off because he was going only a little over the speed limit on the on ramp, while you wanted to go 20 to 30 over. Red lights mean stop. I think that’s a good starting point. It would solve a lot of anger issues in the world.

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    • Sounds like someone has some issues with other drivers. πŸ˜‰

      But yes, road rage is a very big thing, and something that, if there was a way to curb it (so to speak) it would be a wonderful thing.

      Excellent thought for today, Paul. πŸ™‚

      …or you could just go parking with Megan Fox…

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      • I was really wondering how to include her, but I could only come up with really horrible things. So I left them out. That sounds pleasant enough, though.

        Whenever driving, I really strive to be the driver I want others to be, even if they don’t treat me that way. Sometimes I succeed. Sometimes I do not. But it’s fun, because if you start giving space and letting people in, watch around you. Often times others start doing it too, especially the people you were kind to. It spreads.

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        • I think we live in vastly different places. I find that people are either so polite it hurts, or they’re so far off in their own little world that it would take running them over with a dump truck to get their attention. But I’m happy it’s working for you! Keep it up! πŸ˜€

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  6. I would like to help people to be more family oriented, eat together, play together, turn the damn TV off more and talk!

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  7. I would say to help when you can help and talk to strangers. Helping when you can help brings just the small incremental changes that will build on one another and help make the world a slightly better place.

    Talking to strangers is one that sounds strange, but I think it makes the world a better place. It’s engagement with people who may challenge you or simply expand your life. Through sharing a cigarette and talking with a man I have relationship with a man who is homeless and struggling and I help when I can help. I talked to a stranger, I let someone into my life, and I have a whole new perspective on things as a result.

    Talk to strangers. Let them into your life. It might just change you rather than the world.

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    • It’s very true that if you want change, you have to start with yourself. Working from the inside and moving outwards, first to the people in your community, is the key, I think. At the same time we have to hope those around us pay it forward, and that the kindness will spread – ideally like wildfire.

      Thanks for that James. πŸ™‚

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  8. I try to send out love, where ever I go. Minding that the life goes in a ring, so all we send out, thoughts and acting, will come back again.
    To live in peace and choose your fights, as you write about, is a big job, but absolutely worthy I think.
    I would like to teach people to care about, how they should treat animals in our world, because many only see animals as things, not the soul behind.
    I know, this demands abundance to come so far, but I still hope.
    Irene

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    • I wondered who would bring up animal rights. All living things deserve respect and caring… It’s important to spread the word. Thanks, Irene, for being the first to bring this up. πŸ™‚

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  9. This is a great one Linda, and I love the way you’ve presented it. You’ve brought those big utopian wishes right down to earth. What tangible-possible thing could we all focus on in the day-to-day the world that would change it for the better day-to-day.

    I would do what I’d been doing, teaching English as a foreign language, helping people develop a language of shared understanding for better communication. We can all be universally fluent within each individual culture. How boring if we all became ‘white bread’ and denied all the grains out there. Having cultural limitations keeps us humble, but that doesn’t mean we can’t communicate.

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  10. I feel like I actually live this every day as the CEO of a nonprofit. Our focus is working towards having every child ready for kindergarten before they start school. We have a long way to go, but have some awesome programs in place that will help with our goal

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