Peace is a preoccupation of mine. I directed a short film about it. I wrote an electroacoustic music work about it. I spent my vacations in Hiroshima, thinking about it. And today, I blog about it.
Will there be peace on earth one day? Definitely. And sooner than you think: today!
September 21st is the UN International Day of Peace, a day of global ceasefire and non-violence: Peace Day. I view it not only as a “stop the war for one day” event, but also a time for reflexion about mankind’s brotherhood. The Day sure has a lot of obstacles to overcome, but it’s a good start that people recognize the relevance of it.
I invite you to think about what you can do for peace, at your own scale of influence. Sincerely apologize to someone you did harm, sign a petition against the use of nuclear weapons, or simply wish peace to all your friends.
So here is my contribution to you, dear Internet readers, for Peace day. It’s a photo I took last year in Hiroshima. It’s a whole lot of origami paper cranes that are displayed at the children monument for peace. The paper crane is a symbol for peace and Japanese kids fold thousands of them every year in remembrance of a girl who died of leukemia several years after the atomic bomb devastated the city.
Download it here in full resolution and use it as a desktop background, or print it to cheer up your office walls. It will be there to remind you that children wish for peace, and so do I.