Sunday, July 29, 2012

Peace & Love

 Last Friday, I headed over to my Sister's house for a night of homemade pizza, catching-up, wine, family & the Olympics. It was a blast and a half. Much of this mainly due to the fact that my Brother-in-Law is British and has a fantastic habit of making snarky comments directed at both America & the UK. Between the wine, his sarcasm and my weekend mood- I was a happy camper (in fact, THIS made me laugh to the point of ugly tears and convulsions- so funny!).
Peace.
But the prevailing feeling of the night for me had little to do with sarcasm or nationalism- but rather, humanitarianism. I understand that in the politically-minded society we live in, the following statement may make many people compartmentalize me into a political box. I would ask that you NOT. This comment wholly comes from the kindest part of my soul and in asking it, I'm shedding the reality of economic reason and historical interpretation (thank you College for giving me the wherewithal to understand the difference). I understand we don't live in an ideal world and I'm aware that complex problems cannot be solved by idealistic, simple, bottom-line answers... but I must ask but I couldn't help but wonder:
Why do we all have to fight?

I watched Country after Country parade across the screen and was enamored with their cultural pride as much as I was their overall involvement in the ceremonies. I love the differences between each region, I love what everyone brings to the table- instead of war after war after war: Wouldn't it just be nice to celebrate our country's individuality, familiarize ourselves with others' and compete respectfully?

Love always, 

Your sometimes-Hippie blogger friend. :)
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21 comments:

rinniez said...

I like hippy Caitlin and i agree, it may be idealistic but man wouldnt world peace be nice!
:)
xx

Pat Hatt said...

Yeah it would be nice, but all about the $$$ and war brings $$$ so never going to stop.

Erika said...

It seems like a world like that is a fairytale of sorts seeing as how there is still so much hate prevailing. Nevertheless, it does sound wonderful! :)

Kate Sparkles said...

That pretty much sums up how I feel every Olympics/ Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.. All those people from all over the world who are so different and yet also the same. I think we are all more a like than different and it's shows when the whole world comes together at an event like this... I'd like to go all Miss Australia and echo your wish for world peace, because I think we'd all like it!

Bonnie said...

I agree -- Violence has no place in the world. It would be easier to share positive thoughts with each other than to waste energy fighting.

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TheUrbanUmbrella said...

I totally agree, why can't we all just get along!?
Your a hippy, I'm a hippy - peace to the world.
Now to listen to the beatles and think.
xx

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Slamdunk said...

You ask a simple question Miss Caitlin that would result in a long-winded and inadequate response that would leave me just saying "good one. I don't know."

Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

That would be so frickin nice.

Clara Turbay said...

good post.

Tina said...

It would be fantastic! Imagine a world with no judging or criticizing of each others habits, ways, religions, preachings - just let people do you and be yourself and believe what you want. Ugh... The world would be such a happy place.

Jax said...

There is nothing wrong with being part hippie! I totally agree with you :) While friendly competition is always fun, it's important to celebrate everyone's differences. Bravo to you for talking out! Glad you had a nice time!

Kara said...

I'm totally one of those people who gets SUPER patriotic during these types of events. The opening ceremony actually makes me weep every single time, to see everyone so proud of their countries.

It did make me scoff a little though when the announcers said that there were a couple of countries sending their first women ever to the Olympic games...I mean, it's 2012! It makes me so sad that there are still countries where that's a "thing".

Joanne Faith said...

I think this is why the opening ceremony bought so many people to tears.. deep down! :)

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| C AND C | Sarmin said...

I didn't watch, & now I feel super out of the loop. I am gonna go YT it.

& my solution for world peace, mixed babies!!! YES!

Its August, when is your birthday?

Elle Sees said...

Well said. And I think that's awesome to have a Brit bro in law!

Ariel Tyler said...

Love this. Peace really should be simple, because it should just be a given, but unfortunately the world doesn't appear to work that way. And I really don't know why that is.

Bravoe Runway said...

Hello doll, I am sorry for my delayed response. The olympics is like consuming my life...I am trying to take a break but man...women's gymnastics is tonite :)

Islandia Lane said...

omgosh, I love that you said this because while watching the opening ceremony my first thought was, isn't it odd that we can get together so easily and compete in sports yet we can't compromise or get along day to day... so crazy.

But anyway, nice thought - and sounds like a great night with the fam!

Panty Buns said...

I agree with you completely. World peace and appreciating the individual athletes regardless of country would be nice, but there is some pretty funny snark to giggle at. I'm afraid I haven't been watching. If I do watch I tend to root for athletes who are meek more than I do for the those who are overly who self-congratulatory. I love watching records being broken for time, height, distance etc.. but get frustrated at not seeing more and having the time filled up with commentary, commercials, profiles etc.. There have been some pretty funny Tweets on twitter from the comedians like Wendy Liebman. Love your hippie blogging.

Ocean Dreams said...

I am loving everything about the Olympics and it is always so inspiring and not to mention time consuming (in a good way). Glad you were able to get together with friends and enjoy it. I too wish that everyone would just get along! ;)

Street Fashion Paris said...

Brit bro in law!!!! awesome!!! xxx