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An Inspiration

Credits:BenHeine

However the battle is ended,

Though proudly the victor comes

With fluttering flags and prancing nags

And echoing roll of drums.

Still truth proclaims this motto,

In letters of living light, –

No Question is ever settled,

Until it is settled right.

Though the heel of the strong oppressor

May grind the weak to dust,

And the voices of fame with one acclaim

May call him great and just,

Credits:gilad

Let those who applaud take warning,

And keep this motto in sight, –

No question is ever settled

Until it is settled right.

Let those who have failed take courage;

Tho’ the enemy seems to have won,

Tho’ his ranks are strong, if he be in the wrong

The battle is not yet done;

For, as sure as the morning follows

Credits:V-IMAgine-L

The darkest hour of the night,

No question is ever settled

Until it is settled right.

O man bowed down with labor!

O woman, young, yet old!

O heart oppressed in the toiler’s breast

And crushed by the power of gold!

Keep on with your weary battle

Against triumphant might;

Credits:Ezurum

No question is ever settled

Until it is settled right.

Poem  by: Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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We’ll Make Peace – Piece by Piece!

“Lord, bid war’s trumpet cease;
Fold the whole earth in peace”.             Oliver Wendell Holmes

Credits:Kriss Szkurlatowski

The birds chirped, flowers at a bloom, brooks bubbled by, rainbows in the sky…..PERFECT!And then, man decided to diminish the ideal beauty and amenity of life.The earth was a beautiful place till man had not yet decided to arise conflict.

“Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals”.              

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The world since it’s advent has witnessed numerous wars, which only equates to one thing: Man is offensive.He loves to engage in rivalry.And he is brutal enough to prove he’s right, with MIGHT!Wars have usually been waged for acquiring control, immense power, ego, pride, resources, economic benefits, territorial procurement, making a point, or just for the sake of revenge or hatred.

“One must look hard through history to find when a clear understanding of the truth moved anyone to fire the first shot”.                  Robert Brault

Before the World War II, the conventional warfare was the usual regimen.The wars during the Prehistoric Era were faught using conventional weapons like spears, arrow heads and bows, bronze age saw the use of copper daggers and chariots, followed by iron age which used iron made weapons and transportation mediums.

“To injure an opponent is to injure yourself. To control aggression without inflicting injury in the Art of Peace”.                    Morihei Ueshiba

During Ancient Warfare Era, which made use of catapults, seigetowers, clubs.The Macedonian, Egyptian, Persian, Greek, Chinese, Roman, Balkans, Celtic,Germanic, Japanese and Indian Empires of the era waged in wars.

“An unjust peace is better than a just war”.               Marcus Tullius Cicero

Credits:Nicolas Raymond

Medieval Warfare marked wars taking place around castles and fortifications, with the capture of the fortification ended the war.Armor and pigeons were often used.Armies carried relics, and as war carried on for days, ample supplies to the fortifications were insured.Arabs, Vikings, Mongols and the turks emerged successful in these wars.

“No nation ever had an army large enough to guarantee it against attack in time of peace, or ensure it of victory in time of war”.          Calvin Coolidge

The Gun Powder Era, as evident from its name, developed gunpowder used in the battles.Firearms, armors, and conons were extensively used.Persians, Mughuls and the Ottoman Empire underwent wars during this period.

“If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots”.

Napoleon Bonaparte

During the Industrial Warfare Era, after World War I with the development of rail roads, and nations more inclined to develop assets and grow in resources saw huge miltary advancements, artillery guns, tanks, cargo ships and cargo aircrafts were inducted in the fleets.The various militart strategies like trench, maneuver, naval and aerial warfares all were deployed.Gurella warfare and many other military strategies were also devised.

“The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war”.            Ralph Waldo Emerson

After the nuclear cability development and subsequent usage in the World War II, a Cold War existed between major world powers, trying to maintain balance of power by developing new weapons and matching capabilities.During this period some indirect proxy wars were also engaged in.

Credits:Stephen Davies

“In peace, sons bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their sons”.                Herodotus

World War II changed the whole scenario of warfare.Now,biological,chemical and nuclear weapons constituting unconventional warfare is also an option,which no nation is hesitant of defying to use in times of need.It means the world is susceptible to a greater damage and loss as a result of warfare in the new era.

“Five great enemies to peace inhabit with us: avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride. If those enemies were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace”.        Francesco Petrarch

Throughout history, none of the wars brought fruitful results or proved the dominance of nations.The most deadliest of all the wars ever has to be the Second World War(6-9 August, 1945).The Japanese attack on the Pearl Harbor aroused tensions between America and Japan.When Japan didn’t surrender, the fatal mistake for the first and the last use of atomic power took place,which shocked humanity and ended innumerable lives in the two Japanese cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki.The tragic effects of the lethal weapon were beyond imagination.Half of the deaths took place at the very minute of nuclear explosions ,while remaining were curtailed due to radiations, burns, and other chemical inhilation effects.For years Japan has been bearing the negative effects of the harmful radiations.The inflexibility of two minds took as estimated 246,000 lives in both the cities alone, let alone the casualties and deaths in the whole War.

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This image was selected as a picture of the week on the Malay Wikipedia for the 44th week, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“We have all taken risks in the making of war. Isn’t it time that we should take risks to secure peace?”

J. Ramsay MacDonald

Since decades, man has raised his voice against opression, but it still exists.In my opinion, wars can never be created in a mind that is at harmony.We have ceased to strive for the peace of minds.Only a peaceful mind and heart can create peace around it.

“A warless world will come as men develop warless hearts”. Charles Wesley Burns

When a brain starts to think and a heart starts to feel in the language of exaggerated pride and ego, conceit and irrational selfishness,then it rests only after pulverizing many precious people under it’s feet, only after it succumbs life.Only after that it realizes nothing but loss of life has been curtailed, as a result of all the vengeance, and no one could prove a point.Such a loss is unreversable.

“We are not at peace with others because we are not at peace with ourselves, and we are not at peace with ourselves because we are not at peace with God”.              Thomas Merton

The dichotomy of war and peace has never been challenged.Never have we strived to find or create a world in between the two, where both can meet and negotiate.Human enmity and hatred has never been able to reach out because of the high rising walls it builds around it.The bridges of love, hope and unity are always left incomplete with the haste to wenge wars.Nobody has given peace a chance, without hate, disagreement, and indifference in our hearts and minds, at least not with sincerity and good intentions.

“Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love”.             Martin Luther King, Jr.

Credits:Dave Edmonds

“While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart”.             Francis of Assisi

A sad spectacle however,is the justification that even peace demands war. There is no sincerity in implementing peace.There are masks which conceal the true intentions of nations.How can war be the only answer, when it’s the most difficult and the most fatal of all?Why is our approach so twisted?

“If any foreign minister begins to defend to the death a “peace conference,” you can be sure his government has already placed its orders for new battleships and airplanes”.             Joseph Stalin

Humans have devised ways to hurt, but lack the intelligence to device ways to soothe and comfort?There are weapons of mass destruction,but no one invented tools of mass construction?

“The science of the mind can only have for its proper goal the understanding of human nature by every human being, and through its use, brings peace to every human soul”.            Alfred Adler

I believe truth and self-realization can stop the wars to start ever.But what about those who dont realize and dont accept the truth?All the laws in the world hang people for stealing bread for hunger, but none can stop one man in the name of opression, who fails to accept the disagreement and existence of others?A number of people decide the fate of millions, who gave them the right to kill and be killed?Why don’t we wanna LIVE AND LET LIVE?

Credits:Ambrozjo

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace”.          Jimi Hendrix

Power, is a ruthless and merciless achievement.If not acquired in the proper quotient destroys everything.If below requirements, it develops a hunger to acquire more, if more than required, it makes one consider himself invincible.Once acquired at the required proportions, makes you a super power keeps you longing for authority to use it, and control the rest.After that, the rest is power struggle, and it defines the world order.So, no end!

“The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself”. Winston Churchill

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power”.

Abraham Lincoln

“Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny”.          Thomas Jefferson

I don’t want such authority my Creator!Just grant me the art to give peace to hearts and minds of others.Let me bring peace within, so that they can bring peace around.I am capable of only this much, please make me successful in my endeavors!(AMEN!)
“Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that dis-empowers them or one that can literally save their lives”. Tony Robbins

The brooks wanna flow, birds wanna sing,flowers wanna grow, life wants to go on, without fears of reaching its confines, not without achieving its purpose, going down wasted!Being a victim of others insecurities, their malice, their in-acceptances, their in-susceptibilities is tolerable no more.

Credits:Svilen Milev

“Yes, we love peace, but we are not willing to take wounds for it, as we are for war”.        

John Andrew Holmes, Wisdom in Small Doses

Clash of ego’s and obstinacy’s have only resulted in man’s annihilation.Humanity is forced to give in, surrender their lives and the right to breathe freely in this world, at the hands of fellow human’s who dominate our will’s, our esteem’s through the use of power.

“I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it”.                       Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Peace is our gift to each other”.                       Elie Wiesel

Please let our coming generations live, let them taste a life which is their own, without any mushroom clouds hovering over them, don’t encage them in the cages of your goals, don’t use them as pawns on the battlefield.Let them say what they want, they are your kids, they are our kids, kids of tomorrow, give them a peaceful today,help them carve a niche for them in the times to come, let them believe in life, let them develop their faith in a new calm and beautiful united world, where war is a crime, and death is not cheaper than life.Let them create a new land with beauty of thoughts and purity of emotions, and with the magic wand of peace,everythings possible!I loved this quote of If given a chance to prove wars can be blessed, i would most certainly participate in its new scheme for a ‘Crayola Bomb War’:

Credits:Hilde Vanstraelen

“Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air – explode softly – and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth – boxes of Crayolas. And we wouldn’t go cheap, either – not little boxes of eight. Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in. With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest. And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination”.            Robert Fulghum

Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, in his will declared that all his assets in The Bank of Sweden, be given as prize money every year to individuals coming up with efforts towards peace.It is known as the “Nobel Peace Prize”.But even he was skeptical of much peace as a result:

“I intend to leave after my death a large fund for the promotion of the peace idea, but I am skeptical as to its results”.
Alfred Nobel

We are forced to live in a hostile world.There are many fears within us, because of man’s offenses.Our inventions are more powerful than us, so much that we are held hostage by them.This world we live in, is built on an atomic explosion ready to go ticking anytime, because of man’s interests.A world built inside a bubble that can burst ANY time.War is the most futile creation of man, because it surpasses any bounds of humanity, human rights and justice.It only leaves behind loss, tyranny, pain, tears, bloodshed, hopelessness.Let us work for the same old peaceful world we were blessed with, we have lost alot already, lets not loose more…..REVERT to PEACE!

Imagination and Dreams – NOT a fool’s paradise!

“It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.”   Bob Goddard 

What wonderful moments in time were the ones which were painted with the fabricated “Goody-goody” fairylike stories of life and the set of neat rules to lead it, which our older generations had told us.That: Life is easy as a pie – say no evil, do no evil, hear no evil, follow truth, honesty, generosity, justice, sacrifice, honor, faith….If so, it equates to a world with righteousness, peace, tranquility, humanity, colors, flowers, butterflies, rainbows in short beauty!The storybooks seemed so real, we believed that we had acquired some sort of magical potion to control life, and anything that’s in it.Cartoon characters were so full of life, genuine, as if we’ll reach out and catch them, and transform into them.We believed in the fantasies of the books and the screenplays and we believed in our own vivid imagination which was being woven with the most placid of all emotions and thoughts.For us, life was a picture perfect!

Credits:Robert Proksa @http://www.getpersonas.com/pl/gallery/Designer/fangol

Our eyes had never seen the harsh realities of life.We though of ways to climb the rainbow, jump on the clouds, discover the magical lands in our closets, and riding the old brooms in our houses hoping they might start flying lolz….Actual life, although poles apart, seems far more unattractive, strenuous, difficult.We were raised on the verge of hope, of a beautiful world far and beyond what older generations could create for us, but what they wished for.Our generations, sat crying out loud on their failure, and in return failed ourselves in doing the same.Now we don’t even have the time to sit back and dream because we have filled our lives with hustle bustle and immense efforts to survive.They transfered their dreams and visions to us, which we considered burdens – a punching bag.We are literally beyond bounds taking a shot at them every now and then,but the disappointment outraged.As a result, there are shattered dreams, low morale, and hopeless eyes, and no sense of direction.

Paoulo Coelho is no doubt one of my most favourite authors, because he sows the seeds of optimism.In his book The Alchemist, his bestseller and highly recommended by me if there are any who haven’t read it, he states:

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”

The main charter of his book Santiago, a shepherd boy does so by going on a journey of his dreams.

We often choose not to dream at all, because we can’t bear to see them crumble, or because we lack the will to make them real.We let hopelessness haunt us.When we are young, we don’t know what dreams are, we just have imaginations, power to create images in our minds.When we saw a dream, we used to ask:”Mama, when did this happen?Why do i know it?”, and she used to say:”Honey, don’t worry, it was just a dream”.With the passage of time, our imagination drew colorful fancy images, which seemed fit to tie all up into a dream.As we grew older, the impressions of our dreams grew stronger, and so did the need to transform them.But some of us buried them deep within us, while some lost courage and hope to follow them, and let go.For some it was impossible to achive them in todays times.

In my childhood, i had a stationary box, with images from Disney’s “The Little Match Girl”, which is adapted from Hans Christian Andersen‘s story The Little Match Girl.The girl holding the matchsticks in her hand,with colorful flashes of light all around, and the colors and shine of which had all gathered in her eyes.She was beaming all over, with an aura of her dreams, which she still dare to dream in the darkest hours of her ending life.There was no impression of death, only the beauty of her sweet dreams.The color of one’s dreams can’t be more perfect, subtle, intense and spirited.In her eyes one could see the ultimate longing of her desires.While facing my academic endeavors, one look of her raised my enthusiasm.

William Arthur Ward, an American motivational and inspirational writer said a beautiful thing, which is so true:

“Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing.”

He also said:

“Nothing limits achievement like small thinking; nothing expands possibilities like unleashed imagination.”

Similarly, in life, we need motivation.Charlie Chaplin, the famous comedian of the silent movies era, spent his life on streets after his mother’s illness and his father’s death. As a tribute to his works, his statues are placed in London, and Switzerland where he is buried.He faced the troubles of his life and still kept his dream alive of  becominga comic actor.With only miseries to experience, and laughter to sell, he once told about his dream during those distressing times:

“Even when i was in the orphanage, when i was roaming the streets trying to find enough to eat, even then i thought of myself as the greatest actor in the world.”

Credits: Philip MacKenzie@http://www.photoshowcase.co.uk/

Credits: Philip MacKenzie @http://www.photoshowcase.co.uk/

However, no one can dream without paying its price.Dreams when turned true need a bitter price to be payed, sometimes with sweat and sometimes with blood.With every dream comes a sacrifice, but it should not come in the way of dreaming, because the fruit dreams bear are reaped for generation and generations.Martin Luther King Jr. made a revolutionary speech called “I have a dream”, in which he stated his dreams for his people, America, and humanity.He gave up his life, but the whole world saw the fulffilment of his dreams and how they transformed us all as exalted human beings, with a broader sense of equality and justice for mankind.Similarly, sometimes we have to work till the last drop of sweat in order to accomplish our dreams, they have to be achieved as honor, no one gets them accomplished in charity.

The dilemma of todays human is that he/she has ceased dreaming, and has given up on achieving them.Life is just a rat race, following the same ‘ol routine EVERYDAY!We have created a world which suffocates us, we need to work everyday in order to carve in space for us, and it leaves us no time to carry out our ambitions because we are fighting for survival every moment.We have certainly raised the bar of our life’s standards, but in the process we have left our dreams so far behind on this road to progress and existence, that we can hardly see them.What’s important is to dream, whether of the past or future as per Bob Goddard sayings, because our past always motivates us to do more and inspires us, to be what we couldn’t be, and the future promises hope of the times to come, of what we can become.
Here is a peom by Eugene Field called The Dreams, it’s one of my favourites, read it and you’ll be transported into the land of your own times when you used to dream:

Two dreams came down to earth one night
From the realm of mist and dew;
One was a dream of the old, old days,
And one was a dream of the new.

One was a dream of a shady lane
That led to the pickerel pond
Where the willows and rushes bowed themselves
To the brown old hills beyond.

And the people that peopled the old-time dream
Were pleasant and fair to see,
And the dreamer he walked with them again
As often of old walked he.

Oh, cool was the wind in the shady lane
That tangled his curly hair!
Oh, sweet was the music the robins made
To the springtime everywhere!

Was it the dew the dream had brought
From yonder midnight skies,
Or was it tears from the dear, dead years
That lay in the dreamer’s eyes?

The other dream ran fast and free,
As the moon benignly shed
Her golden grace on the smiling face
In the little trundle-bed.

For ‘t was a dream of times to come–
Of the glorious noon of day–
Of the summer that follows the careless spring
When the child is done with play.

And ‘t was a dream of the busy world
Where valorous deeds are done;
Of battles fought in the cause of right,
And of victories nobly won.

It breathed no breath of the dear old home
And the quiet joys of youth;
It gave no glimpse of the good old friends
Or the old-time faith and truth.

But ‘t was a dream of youthful hopes,
And fast and free it ran,
And it told to a little sleeping child
Of a boy become a man!

These were the dreams that came one night
To earth from yonder sky;
These were the dreams two dreamers dreamed–
My little boy and I.

And in our hearts my boy and I
Were glad that it was so;
He loved to dream of days to come,
And I of long ago.

So from our dreams my boy and I
Unwillingly awoke,
But neither of his precious dream
Unto the other spoke.

Yet of the love we bore those dreams
Gave each his tender sign;
For there was triumph in his eyes–
And there were tears in mine!

Dreams are magical, they transport us to a place of their own, which is unique.Somewhere inside each of us is a desire to experience the dreams but we are reluctant.Let’s give up money-making for a day or two, lets forget about our status in this world, let go of our apprehensions and pack our bags to embark on the journey of our dreams, the paths we will follow will release us from our miseries, let’s show compassion towards ourselves sometimes, so that we are not answerable to our souls for enchaining them for so long, depriving them of what them could have become.
Our generations now have to teach the future generations the art to dream which is long lost.The pleasures that dreams give us, and the personal satisfaction we obtain while we are on our way to achieve them is matchless.No bank balance or heaps of property which every individual is after can replace it.It will be better if we accomplish our dreams to set an example for them, by making the world suitable for them to dream in.They should not carry the burdens of our incomplete unfulfilled dreams which aches and discourages them.We have no more excuses to calm them with.We cannot face them with the empty dreams we have, we need to build them brick by brick, as well as the dreams of generations before us, so that they move ahead with no stress to bear, into a world made worth living in with the power of our dreams and our ancestors.Let’s prove that we CAN build castles in the air, we CAN dream!

Here is a beautiful inspiration of a song, by a wonderful favorite band ABBA, called “I have a dream“…….let’s sink deep in to the beautiful melody and the revived will to dream: