Friday, February 1, 2013

War and a Little Piece

Right now we have Pie Day on January 23rd, Groundhog Day on February 2nd, and Chip and Dip Day on March 23rd. You’re probably thinking that’s more than enough. I propose a day that spurs people to meaningful action, a national day that goes beyond pie, critters, and chips. There’s no use in creating a new national day when we have one on the calendar that cries out for more recognition.

The National Day of Peace falls on September 21st. According to the United Nations, it’s a day to think about how to “strengthen the ideals of peace.” Can’t we take this one step further? Let’s beef up the day by calling on individuals and countries to refrain from warring against each other. Imagine a global cease-fire with no shootings, no fighting—just kind words and handshakes, and hugs if you’re feeling familiar. The new National Day of Peace could look something like this:

Yes! Take your hugs to the streets! I’m not sure how well this will work across war zones, but it should make it difficult to resume fighting once the day ends. If you could add one more special day to the calendar, what national day would you suggest?

Note: Too late to create Global Belly Laugh Day, it already exists (January 24th). 

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