||[Jul. 17th, 2006|02:12 pm]
Salam. (Peace). I'm Leena Salim. I have been a pacifist for a long time. This violence in Iraq and the newest stuff with Palestine and Lebanon versus Israel is so awful. My heroes are Gandhi and William Penn. I'm not a Quaker but I admire what they stand for. Helen Keller is one of my heroes too, but she doesn't have much to do with the topic. I saw a great thing a few months ago. I am a member of a children's choir. We sing at a Methodist Church. I'm not Methodist either, but I love to sing so much that it doesn't matter. Anyway, we went and sang at the dedication ceremony for a peace pole. Has anyone heard of them? They have "May peace prevail on Earth" written in up to 16 different languages. It started with a man singing "Imagine" by John Lennon. Then, we sang "Like A Mighty Stream" and "Prayer for Today". Next, each person who spoke the languages displayed on the pole stood and said "may peace prevail on Earth" in his/her language. We had to repeat it back. We ended by singing "Let There Be Peace on Earth. It was one of the most powerful experiences of my life.