I thought it a fitting post to round out the past year and reflect on the new!
If ever the was a ‘right time’ to bring this suggestion to our town, it is now.After the sadness and violence of yesterday that was inflicted on innocent children and adults I propose we give a little time to thinking about PEACE.
So much of what we read in the media, or watch on TV or the computer games we allow our children to play, are heavily laced with violence, war and misfortune. We give our kids giant water cannons to play with, toy guns to pretend to kill others with, and wonder why they grow up to think that it is OK to kill, abuse, and violate others.
Can we find the courage that it takes to go against what is accepted as the ‘norm’?. I would like to suggest that we create a symbol of PEACE in Teesdale.
A PEACE POLE is a beautiful reminder that we would like Peace to Prevail on earth. This would be a visual reminder that our town is a ‘ZONE OF PEACE’ to all who live here, pass through here or visit Teesdale.
There is a Peace Pole in the Geelong Botanic Gardens and many thousands throughout the world. Just Google Peace Poles.
A garden could be created around it, involving the school and kindergarten children, and this could begin, the culture of peace in Teesdale, rather than letting the seeds of violence grow in the fertile minds of our children. It could be incorporated into the landscaping design for the town.
Every September 21st in International Day of Peace, this could be a focus and opportunity for a positive event at the Turtle.
In Geelong West there is a Peace Garden, and in Newtown Primary, a Peace Tree.
Having a Peace Pole, maybe in the grassy area on the road side of the Turtle Park, will be a constant reminder that Teesdale cares. Cares enough to be the first town in Golden Plains Shire to commit a peaceful symbol.
World Peace will never be achieved if it doesn’t start with me, my family, my town and so the Ripple Spreads out.
MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH