Peace on Earth and Good Will to All

December 25th, 2022 - by Progressive Democrats of America & Yurii Sheliazhenko / Ukranian Pacifist Movement

Peace on Earth and Good Will to All

Progressive Democrats of America

(December 25, 2022) — No matter the cultural traditions during this season, most of those traditions embrace love, light, and peace. In a world with a seemingly endless record of nations at war, cultural conflict, and unyielding violent struggle, offering mirth-filled season’s greetings might certainly seem contradictory and some might say hypocritical.

How can we pretend to love peace on earth when there is not peace on earth? How can we fill ourselves with food when so much of this world starves? How can we say we care about all creatures while our climate crisis threatens our shared home — planet Earth? How can we profess our love for our fellow human beings while we see the unhoused and do not offer shelter, we watch the steady flow of immigrants and do not allow for their safety?

Our reality often stands in contrast and conflict with the idyllic seasonal images and expectations surrounding us at this time of the year. Earlier this season, our executive director, Alan Minsky, spoke about our shared vision to live in a “society of equals.”

The gift we continue to offer one another is the hope and the vision to believe we can someday achieve such a progressive reality.

Imagine a society where every human being is seen as equal. Then join us at PDA as we work to achieve that now seemingly idyllic reality. Wherever you are today and whatever your traditions, you are wished the wish we honor with our shared work — Peace on Earth and good will to all.

Peace and power — together,

Donna Smith for the PDA National Team

Carol for Peace / Колядка за мир 
Yurii Sheliazhenko / Ukranian Pacifist Movement

[in English]
Joy on Earth,
Peace in hearts:
Child is born,
Hope with us.
Guns, don’t kill!
Heads, don’t hate!
Peace and good will
Save souls and planet.
Think, don’t be wild.
War must cease.
Love like child,
Live in peace.

[in Ukrainian]
Щастя на Землі,
Мирно у серцях:
Маємо надію,
Родилось дитя.
Зброя, не вбивай!
Владо, не гнівись!
Мир і доброта
Порятують світ.
Думай незлостиво,
Як війну спинити.
Хай любов дитини
Вчить нас мирно жити.

[in Russian]
Счастлива Земля,
Мир в сердцах и нежность:
Родилось дитя,
Восстает надежда.
Ох не злобствуй, власть!
Не убий, оружие!
Мир и доброта
Всех спасут, подружат.
Думай, не дичай,
И войну уйми.
Как дитя, любя,
Мирно заживи.

P.S. Can we have Christmas Truce at least online, regardless that Putin and Zelensky are stubbornly militant?

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