Peace is an attitude

War should teach us something. It does not explode suddenly, it is prepared. In social relations as well as in relations between nations, the signs can be grasped. War can be prevented, it can be avoided. In one way only: putting oneself in the other’s shoes, promoting dialogue, defending democratic action on a daily basis, avoiding violent language, incitement to hatred and violence, gossip bordering on slander. The tyrants of history are perhaps insane, frustrated, power-hungry. The serial haters, the creators of conflicts aimed at the consolidation of personal powers often hide behind false causes of justice.

Peace is not promoted with a demonstration, it is promoted by practicing the culture and language of peace. Those who instigate hatred by setting themselves up as champions of justice are preparing wars that can destroy individuals and small communities. If you love peace, you have to act like Pope Francis: not by sowing hatred, but by going towards it. Peace is built, with kindness, with respect. It does not scream, it does not offend, it does not threaten and it does not slander. If we are to learn anything from history, each of us must become a peacemaker, like a child, with a pure heart …

If I were fire I would warm the world,
if I were wind I would breath to all,
if I were water I would quench the thirsty,
if I were God I would show my mercy

If I were a Pope I would travel the world,
and bless all people in every country, all;
if I were Emperor I would lower the sword,
and give all my possessions to those who have so little to live in this world

If I were Dead I would go on vacation
and for a while I would not be seen,
to give everyone a little hope to live.

If I were Arianna as I am and I was
I would light a thousand candles around,

to give light to these dark times of war.

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