Today is Anzac Day, the centenary of Gallipoli. World War 1 was supposed to be the war to end all war, but we haven’t learnt the lessons of the past. This quote by Eleanor Roosevelt reminds us that peace does not come easily.
It isn’t enough to talk about peace.
One must believe it.
And it isn’t enough to believe in it.
One must work at it.
Of course governments claim they are working for peace (it is the other side who are the real problem) and many atrocities have been carried out in the name of peace. But violence can never bring peace; it only creates more violence.
In the broadcast for the Voice of America in 1951 that this quote came from, Roosevelt also compared peacemaking to gardening:
Peace is something you must cultivate with great tenderness and care. Like certain delicate plants and flowers peace needs warmth and love.
Until we set aside narrow national interest, recognise that we have much in common with out “enemies” and see through our difference, peace will remain a dream.
On Anzac day I invite you to commit yourself (or renew your commitment) to acceptance, social justice and nonviolence.
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