I want to send out a collective hug to EVERYBODY who has joined up to MyPeace.tv !
The dialogue is excellent... and well appreciated. Like water in a desert as far as my present circumstances go...
The videos are inspiring.
The suggestions are useful.
But I have this question: Are we doing enough, if we're JUST batting ideas (and videos, poems, photographs, etc.) back and forth on this site?
Aren't we just "preaching to the converted"?
I mean, WHO even visits this site (let alone joins it) aside from people who are ALREADY interested in the subject of Peace? (Mostly, those in favour of it, though we might get a few anti-Peace fanatics showing up to mock us - or sabotage the site, that's always a possibility.)
And I'll admit that that was a rhetorical question - MANY of you are doing a LOT for Peace outside of this site.
The REAL reason for this blog is as a forum for exchange of ideas for just that - what can we do OUTSIDE of this site, that will reach OTHER people?
And I'll admit that I'm a late-comer to this site and that there are probably already several blogs on this subject. But there are (at the time of my writing this) 569 blogs on this site. If I hurry up, this one will be #570.
I haven't got the TIME to wade through the whole list, looking for what I want.
And since blogs are listed last-created-at-the-top-of-the-list, maybe this one will get some attention.
and maybe some of you can give me links to past blogs on the subject...
And you can share your off-site ideas with all of us.
So, "to get the ball rolling", I'm going to share some of my ideas:
1) On videos:
a) Make your own video about Peace and upload it onto YouTube. Don't say, "I don't know HOW to make videos!..." I got a (one hour) crash course from an 11-year-old (who'd learned at school - Hi, Emily!) and made the following video in one further day (using Windows Movie Maker):
It's not perfect, my main concern is that the writing disappears too quickly off the screen after using the "typewriter" option. But I played around with the Movie Maker, and found out that by simply typing in many blank spaces AFTER the text, that text didn't disappear until those spaces were "typed in" on screen... meaning the viewer got a chance to read the last words before the whole thing disappeared. So - using that lesson - I made my 2nd video:
b) Even if you decide NOT to make videos yourself, sign up to YouTube (you just need to give your e-mail address + some other information, invent a user name and a password... it only takes a few minutes). Once you're signed up (and signed in), you are enabled to comment on videos, rate them, add them to your favourites, etc.
c) Which brings me to my 3rd point: if you see a video that you like on this (MyPeace.tv) site, do click on its screen after it has started playing (or at the end), and you'll be taken to the YouTube original (unless it's a video uploaded directly from somebody's computer). There you can rate it 5 stars (or less if it wasn't THAT good), add it to your favourites, and post a comment on a site that is NOT only for "the converted".
d) What is the point of rating, favouriting, and commenting on videos on YouTube?
Well, the more "points" a video gains in these categories, the more prominence it will get, and the higher up the list in YouTube's internal search engine it rises.
So, for example, if you type "peace" into that search box, the video you want might be hidden away on page 24 of the list. But if you view it (jumping from here), rate it 5 stars, favourite it, and add a comment, the next time somebody types in "peace", it might just have risen to page 22. And if everybody on MyPeace who likes that video does the same, it might rise even higher... above, for example, videos called "How the Army maintains peace by killing terrorists", etc.
e) And the closer your chosen video is to the top of the list, the more likely it is to capture the attention of the average YouTube viewer...
2) On The March:
a) Join The World March For Peace And Nonviolence - both on this MyPeace.tv site and on their own web-site.
b) This does not mean that you actually have to march - and certainly not all around the World. You can organise ANY event in favour of Peace, and publish it as part of the whole global network for the March.
c) Again: the more signings-up, the more publicised events, the greater the profile this initiative will get... and the harder it will be to ignore it.
3) On Friendship:
a) TALK to your friends about Peace, and about what you're doing about it. Don't be afraid of getting laughed at for being "a starry-eyed dreamer". Most of your friends DO care about Peace, and would LIKE to know what they could do to help... And If anybody does laugh and call you a dreamer, remind them: "You may say that I'm a dreamer... But I'm not the only one!"
b) Get them to join MyPeace.tv, because - even if what we're doing here is useless (hahaha), they might as well be wasting their time here as watching "Reality TV"...
And finally, a musical hug to all of you (if you've heard cover versions, this is the man who wrote it):
"Why should there be hunger and deprivation in any land, in any city, at any table, when man has the resources and the scientific know-how to provide all mankind with the basic necessities of life?" ~Martin Luther King, Jr.