Voyage to the Shores of World Peace
April 15, 2012
On the anniversary day of the sinking of the Titanic I embark on a titanic adventure of my own: to find my way to World Peace using this website CitizensWantPeace.org to log my journey's progress. Contrary to popular opinion, I believe "World Peace" is real and innumerable social and economic treasures lie on the shores of World Peace, not only for those intrepid souls that land there first. This webpage is a travelers log where I will start logging my thoughts, decisions and actions so that my journey's successes and failures may benefit others in their own "peace trek", especially if I am unable to chart the course or make it to the shore myself. To the right of this "journey log" is a space where you, my fellow cyberworld citizen, can comment on my direction and even challenge it so together we can plot the safest and swiftest course, avoiding any political icebergs in our path. Since many of my online friends stay in touch with me using Youtube on their pocket digital devices I will also broadcast summary videoblogs of the main milestones of my journey. Hopefully you too will join me somehow on this magnificent voyage towards a worthwhile destination: the exotic shores "World Peace" and its companion island "Freedom". Humanity's ultimate frontier, Peace, cannot be reached alone since the dangers are many but the journey can become an awesome adventure in spite of the momentous obstacles and formidable challengers we will surely face. My vessel has room enough for many, but if you set sail on your own I hope we can be as a federated fleet and stay close for mutual protection. So, regardless of what you do (even members of the military are welcome) or no matter where you're from join us. Who knows what and who we'll find on the shores of peace? Who knows what we'll even become?
May the wind be behind our fleet and against our foes till we reach the shores of Peace and Freedom. sylvain henry (CanadianSpartacus)
PS You may make comments even before I log an entry in the diary. It could very well be that you know the way to peace better than I do. I will include all intelligent comments in my diary entries.
Peacemaker 's log entry for April 15th, 2012
Before setting sail for the shores of World Peace I asked myself the question, "Is it a trek that others have embarked on or would?" Even though many desire world peace, even though many pray for it, very few people actually are taking concrete steps towards it. Why is this? Rather than guessing why, I set up some online questionnaires to find out just how desirable peace was. Here are some of the responses:
" It is a sad fact that conflict generates more wealth and development than peace.... "
""World peace" who decides what that means?"
"Can you point to anytime in our history that we had "world peace"? If not, then why pose a question based in fiction?
From the responses I got I came to the possible conclusions that that those who do not believe in peace:
-perhaps outnumber those who believe in peace
-perhaps are more verbal than those who believe in peace
-perhaps fear the outcomes of peace altogether
-perhaps have been conditioned by warmongers
-perhaps the responders are the warmongers
Rather than research ridicule and negatives I thought it might be more expedient to find or devise a way to attract those who believed in peace since I still believe that citizens want peace. So, on April 3rd, 2012, I created this website to see if I could attract peacemakers and see if we could journey together. I am no website designer but, crude as this site is, I thought that rowing towards the shores of peace in a rubber dinghy was worth the risk because its shores might actually be closer than what I had expected.
Since I made no assumption as to the size of a crew that were needed to find the shores of peace, this website, my rubber dinghy, might be suitable to cast away in the dark until we meet with obstacles that block us or until we somehow manage to find the map. If we cannot reach our destination there still is value in the trek because the knowledge we gain, and share through this log, will serve other sailors who go all the way.
Once I made the website I used my crude knowledge of Search Engine Optimization to see if I could attract other peacemakers. This was done just today so I expect that in a week or so we will see if this promotion worked. A number appears above this text which refers to the unique numbers of visitors who have visited this diary. Today the number reads 804 which is not bad for a website that is one week young. A number of people have also emailed me about this website so I think we are doing ok for now. I will wait a few days for the Search Engine Optimization to take place or until someone comments on the journey.
It seems that most people don't want or don't even think about peace. Here's how I came to this conclusion:
1. I have polled people online and the vast majority see more benefit in war than peace.
2. I have done some search engine optimization for this website www.citizenswantpeace.org and had few unique visitors.
Since I am a peacemaker I must find a way to bring about peace by finding a way to attract peacemakers worldwide. How do I propose to do this? I will ask my friends, perhaps one(some) of them know how.
-Poll a larger population of people, including people in war-torn countries
-Offer something that people want in your peace website www.citizenswantpeace.org
-Find a Search Engine Optimization expert