Sunday, March 10, 2013

First Footsteps

The planning for this blog has been many years in the making. In fact, the earliest stages were around 1986. You will say that over 25 years ago blogging and the Internet hadn't even been thought of. That's true but that year was the one when the first Pax Stone was collected. Since then, many more have joined the collection from all over the world.



What are Pax Stones?

Exactly as the name suggests - stones for Peace. It is a real collection, not just some random made up idea. They exist and you will see them. This post is the first step of what will be a long journey.  You'll find out the story behind a collection of small stones, all of which were picked up personally in a place where, at some time in the past, some injustice to mankind had taken place. It could be war, slavery, genocide or a whole myriad of different issues which challenged the peace of our planet and its people. Equally, though, some of those stones are taken from places where peace can be found, where such evil is not threatened at the present time. And that is the significant term - at the present time. So many of these stones were found in places of extreme beauty and yet such evil took place in their sight - if only they had eyes! Who knows what will happen in the future?

So why embark on such a project? It's simple. It's a reminder to all of us that what happened in the vicinity of those stones, whatever they are or wherever they are, must never happen again and if, in our own small way, we can remind people of that and some evils are diverted, then the words on this site and this collection will be worthwhile.

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Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Early Years

First Few Stones

Peace Rally Anti Iraq War 2003
This blog will be a work in progress. It starts with the first few stones collected in the 1980s. Since that time there are over sixty, personally collected, from all over the world.

Each stone has a memory. It may be a marker that points to conflicts which affected local, national or world peace from anywhere on earth and at any time in history. It may be an example of the many places on earth where peace exists and where we can enjoy the beauty of what our planet has to offer. In some cases, they are personal reminders from the writers own life.

At first, information will be brief and will point you to other websites to give you more information. As time goes by, you will find more photographs and information to flesh out the stories that these stones tell.

In the meanwhile, here a a few quotations to whet your appetite......

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is
for good men to do nothing"
  Edmund Burke

“You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us. And the world will live as one.” 
John Lennon
 
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
Martin Luther King 
 
“Peace cannot be kept by force;
it can only be achieved by understanding.”
Albert Einstein 
 
“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”
Buddha
 
“World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.”
Dalai Lama 
 

Auschwitz -Berkenau

 

Auschwitz -Berkenau Concentration Camp, Poland 1987

This is the first stone collected.
 
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Battle of Hastings


Battle of Hastings, Hastings, UK 1988

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The Needles Battery


The Needles Battery, Isle of Wight, UK 1989

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Grotto of St Paul, Rabat


Grotto of St Paul, Rabat, Malta, 1990

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First World War Trenches



First World War Trenches,

The Somme, Normandy, France, 1990

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