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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 The items that I have designed were done on out of date software.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 27 2011: A small step for man is a giant leap for mankind.I like your idea.It is our generation who should start paving the road to World Peace.
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      Jul 27 2011: Thanks, Muhammad. I suspect it will take more than a few more generations to work out all the difficulties. My hope for our generation is that we get most people involved in the journey.... or the task of, as you say, paving the road...
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        Jul 28 2011: Indeed, but to get as many people to be involved in 'paving the road' would be the hardest part in this task.So, there's no more time to wait any longer.Now is the time to move! Let's start together!
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          Jul 29 2011: Do you have a particular action in mind?

          Up to this point, my efforts have been aimed at two things: 1) making sure that I remember to be the best example I can be, as I tend to my own evolution... and 2) gaining exposure for the concept, through promoting the website (gridlocksmith.com), where people can read about it and find items in my little online shop (mugs, t-shirts, bumper stickers, etc.) that can be used to help spread the word. I hope to raise funds for radio and TV spots to create awareness and encourage supportive behavior in the general population. Fund raising has not been going well. Currently, I am looking for odd jobs to pay the rent, etc.
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        Jul 29 2011: Is there anything I can help you with?
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          Aug 7 2011: Sorry for the delay... lots to do. Anyone can help spread the ideas, encourage friends to check out the site, get some of the bumper stickers (shipping for 10 is the same as for one, plus, there is a discount) give them to friends. The site could use lots of improvement. Know anyone who can tutor me?
          I'm just one guy
          Who's scraping by.
          With little college;
          Even less knowledge...
          Still, I have to try.

          Thanks for your interest.
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        Aug 7 2011: Can you put the link to the site here.I would love to spread this to the locals here.Thank you so much. ;)

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