Peace is the breath of our spirit. It wells up from within the depths of our being to refresh, to heal, to inspire.
So says the Universal Peace Covenant, the 577-word document written by spiritual leaders a long, long time ago… between 1996 and 1997. One Voice Day is put aside in July for everyone to read this toolkit for world peace, and to learn how to live peaceably in an ever-changing world that otherwise works toward making us live unpeaceably… or something to that effect.
The document’s available in many languages and, though I only speak English, I particularly like the German edition, simply because they make things sound a lot more authoritative:
Er quillt aus der Tiefe unseres Daseins heraus, um zu erneuern, zu heilen und zu inspirieren.
Yes, sir, anything you say! Come on, everyone, get peaceful or things’ll get ugly!
Richard Sutherland is the author of 'The Unitary Authority of Ersatz', a quirky collection of short stories and humorous poetry. His favourite colour is Cornish Pasty and he loves the smell of confusion. Richard also writes Twitter fiction; tales within 140 characters. You should follow him, it's what all the cool kids are doing. @Banana_Penguin and @tinyweefiction.