|v1.00||2004-04-11||10pp||Valerie Yule (on Easter Sunday)||Melbourne, Australia||original text||Global Ideas Bank|
|v1.01||2008-11-17||10pp||Richard Ross-Langley||Hertfordshire, England||reformatted, lightly edited||Vendeka Miscellany|
A booklet for everyone all over the world, in every language of the world
Non-copyright, non-intellectual property, everyone can write a version of it, free to use anything that is in any other version.
Each version is identified by date and place and number of pages (so people will have some idea of how to use it).
Source can be identified so that others can get copies, but it need not be.
Something like this can be circulated already, to encourage others to make a start too.
Length can vary, but the standard versions would be only a few pages, cheap and mass-produceable.
There can also be big tomes, full of research.
They should go round the internet on mailing lists and chatrooms.
They should be downloadable from the Internet.
They would be available at all demonstrations and protests, put in libraries if possible,
all schools that study wars in their syllabus should have copies in that syllabus.
Here are no 'activities' such as crosswords with clues about airmen falling into the sea.
Versions can be written for any level of education but the basic one should be readable by a child of ten (a critical age).
Every official in the UN and every country should have a copy in their language.
Everyone involved in any industry to do with war - including the media and entertainment - should have copies.
If publishers want to publish versions they can sell - as it is to be hoped they will, because the productions can be much better - the title can be different.
They cannot copyright any material that is already in an earlier version.
Periodicals can be encouraged to publish versions - as wholes or in serial.
The material is free - but if they edit a version at all, then it is another version and should bear a new date, place and length.
They can include their name so that people know where to buy copies.
This consists of thoughts as they come - a mass-distribution version at ten-year-old level would have to be very much cut and different, but a larger booklet is also needed.
Love your enemy.
Do not return evil with evil, but return good for evil, and overcome evil with good (the heart of the Christian message)
The God of Righteousness (Jewish)
The God of Peace and Love (Christian)
The God of Mercy (Muslim)
- and their followers?
There once were two cats of Kilkenny
Each thought there was one cat too many,
So they bit and they tore
They scratched and they swore,
Till instead of two cats, there weren't any
from Sassoon - eg the Menin Gate:
'Well may the dead who struggled in the slime
Rise and deride this sepulchre of crime.'
Bits from the poem by ? Southey of the children finding a skull and asking grandfather,
who says it is the site of a famous battle, but when pressed about causes can only say:
Why, that I cannot tell said he, but 'twas a famous victory
Give me liberty or give me death.
My country right or wrong.
The origin of Jingoism:
We don't want to fight but by Jingo if we do, we've got the men, we've got the guns, we've got the money too
O valiant dead, who to your glory came
Through dust of conflict, and through battle-flame,
Tranquil you lie, your knightly virtue proved
Your memory hallowed in the land you loved
Lest we forget. Forget what?
Kipling's Recessional updated (vy qv.)
I vow to thee my country, all earthly things above
Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love,
The love that asks no question, the love that pays the price,
The love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice.
But there's another country, I've heard of long ago
Most dear to them who love it, most great to them who know,
Its ways are ways of gentleness, and all its paths are peace.
(Cecil Spring-Rice, I think)
'In God we trust' or 'In Bombs we trust'?
We wander now who marched before,
Hawking our wares from door to door.
So it is to be an old soldier (? Housman)
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