Gerry Phibbs Posted over 2 years ago Jeremy Gilley: One day of peace To Mr. Jeremy Gilley I say thank you. Your TED talk is certainly inspiring, and a profound witness to your own personal commitment. Yours is a message of hope, as much as it is about peace. In today's world, it seems that both hope and peace are in very short supply. Here in the United States, as the anniversary of 9/11 is so much on our minds and in our media, I believe that your simple message needs to be heard as well. If only there were some sort of an "equal time" requirement, that would allow your message to be broadcast along with all the diatribes and commemoration. Still, now that it has been shared via this TED talk, at the very least I can hope it shall find a larger audience. For all those who seem so eager to deny this message, to categorize it as too simplistic, or naive, or unworkable - I feel that I just have to ask. What the hell is the matter with you? Are you so totally wrapped up in your cynicism, in your negativity, that you feel compelled to deny this simple truth? You've got to have some sort of weird justification going on inside your own philosophies, to hold out that since it can't bring total and complete peace, you don't want any of it? Amazing how the culture of violence has so skewed so-called enlightened thinking! Peace is not the absence of conflict, nor simply the cessation of violence. Peace is the presence of justice. Yet it has to have a beginning somewhere. If by stopping the violence even for one day, will allow people to receive medical treatments, distribute aid, and most importantly continue the dialogue about stopping the violence permanently, then I say bring that day forth! It's that ongoing dialogue, that desire, that hope that peace can be made to happen, that shall one day forge peace from the complexity of issues and injustice that have been expressed for far too long. Jeremy Gilley - Peace!