Thursday, November 22, 2007

From Thanksgiving to Peacegiving

Thanksgiving is a very special holiday celebrated in Canada and the USA. One of my favorite stories on its origin is written by Art Buchwald (R.I.P.) with the title of Meanwhile: Chacun à son goût on Thanksgiving (thanks JF for forwarding it). The essence of the day was summarized by a classmate (FH) in a correspondence from London by stating that Thanksgiving "is very inclusive (not religious, not ethnic, not political, ...). Just family and friends. "

I ended up reading many e-mails and articles today on Thanksgiving and ended up sent a few myself. Friends have shared their fond memories of the day, best techniques for preparing the turkey (chestnuts Ari?), the advantages of grain fed vs. farmed turkeys and how the poor turkeys are treated in the slaughterhouse. Suffice to say, it seems that Turkey Saves the Brain as there are Antioxidants abound in holiday meals...

Reflecting on Thanksgiving and how it brings diverse people together in North America, I thought we should dream together about a new holiday called Peacegiving in which nations get together to celebrate our humanity and our potential for good. What would be a good day to have our first Peacegiving? Would a day in June do the job? Should we start at a more grassroot level and make peace with our neighbours? Let's start the dialogue on this... I would love to hear from you!

1 comment:

xxxe said...

Let's celebrate the day of peacegiving on the start of the summer.
Make a party with your neigbour-country (you both may invite who you want) and show yourself from the best side with: culture, arts, habits, knowledge and all you want to share. Start small and let it grow. From gouvernment to inhabitants ... ENJOY