Beyond the edges of your imagination, lives limitless possibility.
Today is the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.
This evening at Olympic Plaza, we will gather at the Floating Lantern Festival to remember this tragic day in 1945 when the ‘black rain’ fell. We will remember and we will pledge to fight harder, speak louder and work togethr to bring about the abolishment of nuclear weapons from our world.
We can do this. Even though we may believe, it’s not possible. We can do this because, beyond the edges of what we know, is the possibility of another way, another path.
Even if we think, nuclear weapons are a deterrent to war or that we need nuclear weapons to establish world peace, there is another path.
We can exist without them. We can create peace without the threat of destroying life on earth.
And yes, it sounds simplistic to say the answer is to ‘love one another’.
But isn’t it simplistic to believe, if you have an A-bomb I will keep the peace? Your A-bomb instills fear and fear begets fear. In fear, I am continually looking for ways to anihilate my fear, which means, I will want an A-bomb to stop you using yours. Once I have one, my fear won’t go away because I know you still have yours — and I might not trust you not to use it. In my fear and distrust, I might just pull the trigger too quickly because something you said or did, made me even more afraid of you. To make sure you don’t use your bomb, I might use mine. And there goes the peace we thought we had in our threats to destroy one another.
If you are in Calgary, please join us at Olympic Plaza beginning at 5pm this evening to learn more about what you can do to create peace in our world.
The evening program will begin at 8pm – I have been honoured with being invited to be the Emcee – and I am excited and grateful for this opportunity to play a role in making peace possible in our world.
Imagine if we all stood up for peace? Imagine if we all took a stand against nuclear weapons? Imagine if we let go of believing it’s not possible to live in a world where the threat of nuclear weapons destroys peace of mind every day.
Imagine if we never had to fear what happened at Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945 and Nagasaki, three days later.
Let’s make it so. Let’s go beyond the edges of our imagination and discover what is possible when we believe there is another way, another path to making peace.
Peace is possible. We just have to believe in what exists beyond the edges of what we know today.
To read The Mayor of Hiroshima’s powerful Peace Declaration, please click HERE.