Friday, June 25, 2010

A Small "Zone Of Peace" Can Be Anywhere

Mahatma Gandhi suggested -- "We do best to begin by carving out territories or zones of peace in our personal relations where violence and deceit won't be used." We asked kids, K -- 5 to tell us what this quote of Gandhi's meant to them. Brittany Wilson, a fifth grader and first prize winner in our Small "Zones Of Peace" Art And Essay Contest, told us her view.
"I believe this quote to mean metaphorically that if you are angry, you could find a quiet place in (your) mind. In reality, it could mean that if two friends live near each other, and there was a park that was close to both of them, they could call the park a zone of peace."
The contest Brittany won first prize in was in 2006, I have never yet come upon a better, more succinct meaning. At least, not for the goals of the New Horizons Small "Zones Of Peace" Project. Anastasia From the mountains where I am endeavoring to build a small "zone of peace" with the ants that are attacking my hummingbird feeder.

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