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Jan. 1st, 2013 @ 03:56 pm What nobody asked about
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We printed our christmas cards ourselves this year, and they turned out pretty cool. But there is one thing on the card that I had expected people to ask about -- but none did.

At the bottom of the card, we printed "world peace is possible".

Some time ago, klik came back from a zen teaching day with a postcard that stated: "World peace is possible", along with a drawing by Dick Bruna (well known for Miffy -- but he also drew the sitting zen monk which is the unofficial zen.nl logo). It's a new project by the zen master to "make people aware that peace is possible".
I've seen a YouTube vid where he explains his reasoning. And in short, it's an attempt to use Neuro-Linguistic Programming to make people aware that peace is actually possible -- and then maybe act like that.
I really dislike NLP. But I really like the idea, and so we included the message on our christmas card. So that more people get acquainted with the idea that world peace is possible -- or to reinforce the idea.

Who knows? It might even help.
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From:merle_
Date:January 1st, 2013 03:53 pm (UTC)
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I'm not a fan of NLP or any sort of subliminal programming either, but since it exists it may as well be used for good.

On the last set of holiday cards I printed I added a fake UPC label which was a proper encoding of my phone number. Nobody got that either...
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Date:January 1st, 2013 07:46 pm (UTC)
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To be fair, it is my own interpretation that he is using NLP. In his words, he wants people to tell each other that world peace is possible, to make them think about it.

I don't think I would have interpreted the UPC either. They're so ubiquitous that you sort of filter them out.
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From:couri
Date:January 1st, 2013 06:50 pm (UTC)
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I like that. I heartily agree with the sentiment. Subliminal stuff always seems a bit silly, but the sentiment is beautiful and I do wish more people would think about it.
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Date:January 1st, 2013 07:45 pm (UTC)
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To be fair, it is my own interpretation that he is using NLP. In his words, he wants people to tell each other that world peace is possible, to make them think about it.
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From:babarage
Date:January 2nd, 2013 12:26 am (UTC)
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actually, we did see that little sentence. but since it is a fact it never crossed my mind to say anything about it :).
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From:fub
Date:January 2nd, 2013 07:56 am (UTC)
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Well, that was the whole idea: to let people read it and let it enter their subconscious. :)
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From:nathreee
Date:January 2nd, 2013 12:55 pm (UTC)
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My opinion about NLP is a long and complicated one. I'll leave it out.

World peace however is out of my hands. Making dutch citizens aware that it's possible is not going to help one bit. I may be in a bit of a pessimistic mood lately, but I don't think world peace is possible. Most people don't want war, they just want to be safe with their loved ones. Doesn't help, does it?

But it's a nice wish. Peace and safety for everyone. If that's what you wish, it shows that you're a nice person. Naive perhaps, but nice.
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From:fub
Date:January 2nd, 2013 02:10 pm (UTC)
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I don't agree with you. Yes, it's idealistic -- but what's wrong with that? Youp van 't Hek did an introduction for the (horrible) "World Peace is Possible" video clip. He said: "Our house will be the first in the street. Our street will be the first in the city. Our city will be the first in the province..."
It all starts with the first step. And then follows another. And then another. And all together, they can become a long journey. But if you don't set that first step, you'll never get anywhere.
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From:nathreee
Date:January 2nd, 2013 02:14 pm (UTC)
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Hey, I want peace as much as the next person. I think everyone does. Fact is, I'm not the one with the guns, killing people who are somehow perceived different from me. And my wish for peace will not change them. I cannot touch them.
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