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The Peace Pilgrim walked across America talking about peace, working with the anti-nuclear movement, and the anti-war movement most of her adult life.

Peace PilgrimFrom 1953 until 1981 this silver-haired woman, with cheerful obedience to her calling, was a server in the world. As she approached each country hamlet or sprawling city she carried to all she met a message of peace expressed so simply: When enough of us find inner peace, our institutions will become more peaceful and there will be no more occasion for war (2004 page xi).[1]

Many people have never heard of her and I hope this little blog about her will inspire you to order her free book from the Friends of Peace Pilgrim at www.peacepilgrim.org or friends@peacepilgrim.org.

She walked across this country with nothing but the cloths on her back and a vest with pockets where she kept all she believed she needed, paper, pencil, envelopes, and stamps. She ate only when invited to by strangers and friends. She slept outdoors unless invited into someone’s home for shelter. She walked over 25,000 miles before her death in a tragic car accident on her way to give a talk on peace at a college. She spoke to young people on college campuses, people in churches, and parks, and on the roadside everywhere she went.

During her years on the road she was picked up and jailed several times for vagrancy because she carried no money, but she said, “they always release me once they understand (page 33). When she went in front of the judge in one state they released her because they found this letter in her vest pocket.

It read: The bearer of this note has identified herself as a Peace Pilgrim walking coast to coast to direct attention of our citizens to her desire for peace in the world. We do not know her personally as she is just passing through our state, but since undoubtedly it will be a long, hard trip for her, we wish her safe passage.” It was on official stationery and signed by the governor of the state, Howard Pyle (page 34).[2]

I know that I would not have the courage or the conviction to spend my adult life on the road for a cause such as this, but she did and was able to raise the thoughts and minds of thousands of her followers, college students, police, and politicians and ordinary citizens through her convictions and drive to see peace in the world and disarmament of all nuclear bombs that she believed could and would destroy the planet as we know it.

This war mongering again from some American politicians and their followers is just what she gave her life to upend and what brought this little book on my bookshelf into my hands this morning.

As such I end this post with a poem that she wrote. I hope you share it with everyone you know to help stop the war mongering, shouts, and actions toward war that are here among us today.

War Fever

That terrible blindness—

Which makes your foe appear like a fiend

And makes you look like fiend to him—

War fever!

 

That awful insanity—

Which makes the same act brilliant strategy for you

And foul treachery for the enemy—

War fever!

 

That frightful drunkenness—

Which muddles the mind until wrong seems like right,

Hate appears good, and murder a virtue—

War fever!

 

That horrible sickness—

For which no cure is sought, but instead

Ways are sought to spread the disease—

War fever! (page 164)[3]

 

I hope there is an antidote invented for this “war fever” before we exterminate human kind on planet Earth. As Peace Pilgrim said, “When enough of us find inner peace, our institutions will become more peaceful and there will be no more occasion for war.”[4]
This I wish for you and for all our politicians in every country around the world.

 

Namaste, Shokai

 

[1] Peace Pilgrim Her life and Work In her Own Words, Friends of Peace Pilgrim and Ocean Tree Books, 2004.

[2] Ibid.

[3] Ibid.

[4] Ibid

 

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