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April 25, 1997
Dear Mr. Secretary General,
In conducting research for an essay that I am writing on constructive approaches to the
problems of war and peace, I read a short, but thought-provoking fable by an unknown
author. I would like to share that story with you, as well as my idea as a possible solution
for world peace.
"Tell me the weight of a snowflake," a robin asked a wild dove. "Nothing more than
nothing," was the answer. "In that case I must tell you a marvelous story," the
robin said. "I sat on the branch of a fir, close to its trunk, when it began to snow
--not heavily, not in a raging blizzard, no, just like in a dream, without any violence.
Since I didn't have anything better to do, I counted the snowflakes settling on the
twigs and needles of my branch. Their number was exactly 3,741,952. When the
next snowflake dropped onto the branch -- nothing more than nothing, as you say
--the branch broke off." Having said that the robin flew away. The dove, since
Noah's time as authority on the matter, thought for awhile and finally said to
herself: "Perhaps there is only one person's voice lacking for peace to come to the
In contrast to the several books I read for my research that detailed the cost and carnage
of war, this one simple story moved me to want to add my voice for world peace and to
think that maybe one person can make a difference for peace to come to the world.
My generation may well be the generation that brings total destruction or total peace to
the world. Therefore, the United Nations should think about working together with
government and educational cabinet members to put together a unified educational
program in the schools of every country in the world to teach constructive approaches to
resolve conflicts peacefully within the family, school, and community environments.
As a student in public schools, I have learned much about the military, nuclear weapons,
and war, but very little about peace. Through special program, I have had the opportunity to
Send a Mouse to College, Jump Rope For Heart, Prevent Aids, Heal The Environment,
Just Say No to Drugs, Tell Someone About Abuse, and be a Student Against Drunk
Driving. However, I have yet to be offered any kind of compressive and educational program
promoting world peace.
Luckily, as a child, I had the chance to hear another simple statement that has
empowered me with the means to solve my problems peacefully and it will work for anyone
regardless of race, religion, sex, or age. Leaning to Do Unto Others As You Would Want
Others To Do Unto You could be developed into a world peace theme program and taught
in schools world-wide. This simple verse has become my personal philosophy of life for
dealing with individuals and groups within my own family, school, and community.
I believe that this verse can be used to develop an educational peace program for my
generation because it teaches that one person can make a difference. These words can
empower students with the critical knowledge that in this world there is no problem so
great it can't be solved in a constructive fashion. It is so important that my generation have
opportunities to develop responsibility and motivation and to feel trusted to make
significant decision. Mistakes and poor choices must be our own responsibilities, by
learning to do unto other as we would want to be treated we create perceptions and skills
necessary for developing a generation of reliable and caring individuals ready to take on
the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow. If an educational peace program that
teaches students to think for themselves is offered in the world's school system then, as
tomorrow's leaders, we will not allow other governments, drug dealers, or friends to
manipulate us, nor will we choose to manipulate others for personal gain.
Each day the media details story after story of youth violence within families, schools, and
communities. An educational program is desperately needed in the schools to teach K-12
students how to make positive choices when faced with personal conflicts. By learning to
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