Erwin: As long as I’ve been watching the international news, I’ve been seeing threats, bombs and destruction on tv. The solutions aren’t very close as well, as meetings from international politicians seldom lead to anything. Since the majority of people are not actually seeing the whole world in reality, this information is the only perspective many get.
That’s where a huge opportunity lies for people who actually do see the world from the inside and can paint a much more realistic picture. As far as my perspective, meeting local people wherever I’ve been, I’ve seen normal, friendly people who just want to live an ordinary, happy life and don’t want to kill or bomb anyone.
My believe is always change a frustration into a positive example and that’s where the challenge for a Global Peace Message began. And ofcourse also because it’s fun, the world needs more of that. Hopefully we can create something nice, connect with me if you feel the same. Amandla Awethu! : )
Kirstyn: Interested in the ordinary quirks of people and places around the world, I decided to leave my home in Cape Town and embrace the home feeling everywhere. After working and volunteering around Asia for the past year and a half, I have really found that pan-global familiarity and comfort to be true. It goes beyond the occasional kindness of strangers or fleeting friendships. This home-everywhere feeling is rooted in the reality that people fundamentally have their hearts in the same place. The basic human knowledge that at the core, we are the same.
It is sometimes difficult to put into words, this easy openness that seeps out of a person or environment and into your direct experience, but I have felt it so often that it has begun to seem tangible. Something like the Global Peace Message is necessary because it can capture this sentiment and bottle it, making it visible and clear for everyone to see. To give the feeling a body and show that it truly does exist everywhere – this universal pulse for connection and an everyday life of peace.