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Earl Shoop

Founder, gridlocksmith.com

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A new peace movement, that set in a place where we can decide to be the compassionate humans that we must become to create World Peace.

"Road Peace is a step toward World Peace."
Whether we walk, cycle or drive, we can judge our own behavior and ask, "Am I acting like someone who is at peace with the world?"
We each have the absolute power to change the attitude and behavior of one person, and it is crucial that we each take on the task. World Peace may be far off in the distance, but the journey begins now, with this first step: decide to evolve into the sort of human we must each become - patient, kind, thoughtful, compassionate, caring, forgiving and loving - in order to make peace possible. If we all notice our progress, as motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, "Road Peace" may be the first milestone on the road to World Peace.
As we progress in our development of peaceful habits, on the road, our behaviors are likely to improve in other areas of our lives, as well. When people perceive that our social mores have evolved toward kindness, and away from selfishness, we will have made significant progress.
I am just a free-lance world changer, and have not yet decided to incorporate this project as a nonprofit. The website (gridlocksmith.com) is done by me, not a professional web designer. The items that I have designed were done on out of date software. "Amateur Hour" all around... but... Kon-Tiki was built by amateurs, while Titanic was built by the pros.


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  • Jul 30 2011: global peace is not possible, people will never be tolerant of each other to the degree of achieving world peace. The only theoretical way to make world peace is to join all society and cultures together, for as long as people can not accept each other, fear will emit from the unknown. The unkown will always exist so long as we do not know the answers to all of life questions, because of this we created religions and such and through these find comfort but because of this we also will always have fear and hate of others and intolerance.
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      Jul 30 2011: Luke maybe the global peace is not possible, but your own world peace is real and posible. Small is beautifull. We have to start in our own home, our bedroom, our garden and our family. In our own heart. With or without religions or sistems to believe in something, we can believe in ourselves. Dont you believe?

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