GRAND Magazine - November/December 2016 - 3
to the PEACE issue!
e may feel that peace is not within our grasp when
we read the news but in fact, quite the opposite
may be true.
Harvard psychology professor, Steven Pinker, has studied
and written about a worldwide, overall downtrend in hostility. In an interview with National Public Radio, Pinker said, "I
looked at war, looked at genocide, looked at terrorism. And in
all cases, the long term historical
trend, though there are ups and
downs and wiggles and spikes, is
charts the decline
of violence from
Biblical times to the
present and argues
that we are living in
the most peaceful
time in our species'
Of course, there are heartbreaking exceptions, but we
believe this trend bodes well for our grandkids and their
grandkids. We don't think this is happening by accident.
People all over the world have been embracing and promoting peace, as you'll learn from our cover story on the World
Peace Flame. We also think grandparents can take some
credit. We have accumulated
wisdom and can warn against
the fevered, angry passions that
envelop every new generation.
We invite you to join the
movement of the biggest cohort
of grandparents (70 million plus)
to ever hit the planet as we move
the world forward towards peace,
climate stability, safety, education,
and health care for all. Together
we are stronger.
With this issue, we wish you a
joyous holiday season filled with
good health, good friends, family,
good food, fun, and peace on
Here's to a GRAND life!
Me with my new GRANDbaby, Poppy
NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2016
can one person do?
Here's a crazy idea: Persuade the world to try living in peace
for just one day, every September 21. In this energetic, honest
talk, Jeremy Gilley tells the story of how this crazy idea became
real - real enough to help millions of kids in war-torn regions.
Why you should listen
A day of peace. It seems lovely and hopeful to those of us
lucky enough to live in peace already. But to those living in
war, a day of peace, a temporary cease-fire, is not only lovely,
it's incredibly practical. On a day when no bullets fly, families can go to the clinic, mosquito nets can be given out, and
kids who've known only war can learn what peace looks like,
sounds like. In short, it's a window of opportunity to build
peace. For the past 10 years, filmmaker Jeremy Gilley has been
promoting September 21 as a true international day of ceasefire, a day to carry out humanitarian aid in the world's most
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