“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” ~ War & Peace (film adaptation)*
Why am I starting off this Memorial Day with the above title that discusses a school lunch day months away and a quote misattributed to so many people? Because I want to discuss tolerance — and even better — acceptance. Both of these concepts can lead to a better life, a better world — and peace for all, no exceptions.
“Mix it Up at Lunch Day helps students become more comfortable interacting with different kinds of people.
The event is a simple call to action: take a new seat in the cafeteria. By making the move, students can cross the invisible lines of school division, meet new people and make new friends.”
Across the nation, there are schools committed to this action. You can follow this link to learn more: http://www.tolerance.org/mix-it-up/lunch-day. As well, you can keep going back to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s link throughout the year (under the “Teaching Tolerance” tab) for updates. (I don’t think it’s coincidence that the timing is scheduled for near Veterans Day.)
As a recent friend commented, “I honor our troops in all ways at ALL times.” I wholeheartedly concur with that statement. I love my country with all of my heart and am blessed by the freedoms I have.
However, on this Memorial Day, I want to work towards a world where I don’t have to worry about my children or cousins or future grandchildren — or any children around the world — getting killed. I tell you … I’m just so tired of it all. I want a measure of peace — for all of us, everywhere.
Bread is meant to be broken — not bodies.