I WONDER WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF …
BIG SUNDAY happened last weekend in Los Angeles. This event
started ten years ago with thirty people who decided to
volunteer, donate expertise, and materials to non-profit
organizations and schools for one day. Ten years later, 50,000
people have become involved and the event now encompasses two
days. Volunteer workers have bonded with
some of the nonprofit projects and returned during the year to
maintain the work they’ve initiated. The givers and receivers
have both benefited from the exchange.
I wonder what would happen if we were able to
accomplish the same result with another important issue? With
modern technology, we are now able to reach around the globe
quickly to everywhere except the most remote villages. What if
we were to start with one day a year when everyone in the world
would refrain from doing any violence of any sort?
This would mean that war would stop, suicide bombers
would desist, parents would not abuse their children, siblings
would not squabble, gang members would not shoot anyone, robbers
would not break into homes and stores, and couples would not
engage in domestic violence. Road rage would stop. No one would
be raped, murdered, or sexually abused on that day.
Everyone would be fairly warned long ahead of time as
to the date and time. Everyone would be ready. Police would have
a relaxed, boring day because so much aggression would come to a
halt. The naysayers would chime in quickly, “What if some group
took advantage of the situation?” If the rest of the world
cooperated, they would lose support for whatever damage they did
very fast. Police and military would stay on alert.
If we were able to accomplish this for one day, then
we could try for two days per year, or one day every six months.
If that worked, we could try one day every three months. Perhaps
we could work our way to one day every month. What would such a
day be like? As a therapist, I’ve listened and treated clients
with so many stories of aggression and abuse. We’ve never seen
the world without human aggression. Could we unlock our doors,
feel the quiet of no police sirens, and walk down the street at
night without being on alert for trouble? In place of being
aggressive, we could relax our guard against aggression from
others. Instead we might become moved to substitute an act of
compassion for someone
else, an animal, or the environment. Compassion is the opposite
of violence. No violence and billions of acts of kindness all on
one day could change the world forever.
We could see how we feel without aggression. Would
nature reduce violence through hurricanes, earthquakes,
flooding, volcanos, tornadoes, heat waves, and droughts on those
same days? Would the universe quietly rejoice with beautiful
sunrises and sunsets, gorgeous days, and blooming flowers?
Want to try it? Aren’t you curious?. Who will come
forward to start organizing it? Let me know what you think and
what you’re willing to do. I’ll help. You bet I will.
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