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The beginning of 2015 is being marked by a '24 Hours for World Peace vigil' online at Public Peace Prize (http://publicpeaceprize.org).
At this time of the year, I am accustomed to being asked to contribute to a 'look back' over the year just closed. This year, I'd rather look at a jumping-off point for the year we have just entered.
Quaker Meetings are not hotbeds of the competitive instinct and in most Meeting Houses you will probably find a poster depicting two donkeys tethered to each other, straining in opposite directions to reach bundles of hay. In the second frame, the animals have realised the futility of their actions and are standing side by side munching contentedly from the same manger. 'Co-operation is better than conflict' is the caption.
New Year was not kept in my childhood home. My parents believed that every day was the beginning of a new year.