“Only 30% of Moo Hyun’s right calf muscles remain”
Moo Hyun Choi(26), a former Korean national snowboarding athlete, can’t do exercise any more. He has been living together with his snowboard for 20 years.
To the person who regarded snowboarding as everything, a serious injury to his right calf was incurred during one of the training sessions. He spent around 1 year in the hospital and repeatedly received surgeries. The doctor in charge even gave a grave diagnosis of a slim chance of recovery.
“Only 30% of Moo Hyun’s right calf muscles remain”
In the situation of not knowing when recovery would be possible, he received the question “now that you are a failed athlete, what will you do in your life?”
Olympic Spirit : Life of peace activists
But he never gives up. He was the weakest I had ever been in my life, so he really needed some type of goal that I could look towards. “Moving forward, we need to put forth even more efforts to solve this problem on a domestic, national and international level. When war breaks out, it is the young people who lose their lives first. Too much time has already passed. Now is the time for us to speak out. If the youth and the citizens unite as one and raise their voices for peace, then the world will not be able to ignore them. It is impossible to change the course of history with the strength of only one person. However, history can always be changed by people.”
This is the Olympic Spirit that can be seen in practice through the many efforts of the athlete Choi Moo Hyun. With this heart, he concluded the interview by leaving this message for all of the youths and readers.
“Through sports, many people can set aside their ideals, their thoughts, and all of those types of things, and with a united passion and heart peace can be achieved when people join in the work of peace as one.”
– Moo Hyun Choi
The HWPL Fiji Peace Steering Committee was launched to bring together a group of Fijians from religious communities, youth organizations, and civil society to actively promote peace activities in Fiji.
About 4,000 students from Mindanao State University in the Philippines hoped to put an end to current, and prevent future, ideologies of extremism and violence through the Peace Walk.
The DPCW was introduced at the international law conference attended by Supreme Court justices, lawyers and law students in India, and the Supreme Court’s library was furnished with the DPCW through the active participation and support of the attendees.
Legislate Peace Campaign : DPCW
The purpose of HWPL is to end WAR. Maybe you can think it is not possible. Is it so naive? Is it an unattainable ideal? But the walking of HWPL makes us to believe. We get a hope. I can have the faith that we can do it! and I can too. The HWPL‘s Solutions is establishing of international law aiming to construct a world of peace. It is famous for substantialand practicalway to achieve peace. HWPL’s Legislate Peace Campaign is spreading out around the globe. How many? 630 events being held in 176 countries with over 1 million participants. #LegislatePeace
What is arrogance? Arrogance (also called Hubris) indicates strong pride or acting extremely self-important. Examples include making oneself far more important than others or superiority. (in Wiki) I think it is often used in the opposite to ‘humility’. Both are ambiguous concepts. How do we practically apply it? Some people say “Someone’s success was due to modesty”. I don’t want to be arrogant. But it not means that just to talk about it not makes you be humble. So what do we do?
“There are two kinds of pride, both good and bad. ‘Good pride’ represents our dignity and self-respect. ‘Bad pride’ is the deadly sin of superiority that reeks of conceit and arrogance.”
– John C. Maxwell
Arrogant : Don’t know who you are
I thought I have a good faith. But in tough situations, I could not be grateful and hated God. Why couldn’t I be thankful? Because I’m higher than God. Obviously there was a will of God, but I never thought about it. And I didn’t know anything about God’s thoughts and feelings. How painful the God is! He have been betrayed by a man for 6,000 years now. When I think of this, my situation is nothing and I am glad to understand the heart of God a little. When I received everything as gratitude, everything is appreciated. Now who should I be? I want to be the man who the God acknowledge.
“We have to work far beyond our ability. Always being out on the edge is where heaven will help us. That’s faith.”
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated, “An unprecedented volume of landmines and unexploded weapons contaminates rural and urban war zones, maiming and killing innocent civilians long after conflict has ended. Mine action is vital.” To bring attention to this issue the General Assembly of the United Nations established the 4th of April as International Mine Awareness Day. It is estimated that approximately 110 million landmines still remain in the ground in various countries around the world.
“Advancing Protection, Peace and Development”
These landmines clearly show the lasting effects of war that continue to cause damage and loss of life even after the active conflicts have ceased. Articles 1 through 3 of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) address the prohibition of acts of aggression and the banning of weapons of war. According to Article 2 Clause 3 of the DPCW “States should take measures to ensure that existing weapons of mass destruction, weapons capable of causing widespread and unnecessary suffering and weapons incompatible with international humanitarian law are gradually dismantled or destroyed.”
“We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference, and that a small group of determined people can change the course of history.”
– Sonia Johnson
“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”
– Theodore Roosevelt
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
– Anne Frank
“Find a need and fill it.” – Ruth Stafford Peale
Why not change the world
Can make a significant difference
“Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.”
“If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.”
“Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.”
– Albert Einstein
“Bite off more than you can chew, then chew it.” – Ella Williams
Traditionally the purpose of Startup companies is to earn profit. Is only start-up for profit? No. All companies want to make money. At present, however, none of the profit-companies reveal their purpose. At one point, they did not sell the product. They sell sensitivity, human, platform. Now people don’t easily buy products of commercial company. They don’t move easily. They are more easily moved by ‘Meaning‘. What will they get from buying this, and what will the company do with the money? So, many companies sell ‘meaning’, their mission, identity. But unlike them, here are companies whose mission is ” Everything.” There is ‘Nonprofit organization.’ My dream is Nonprofit Start-up into which the two are combined.
Nonprofit Start-up : Example ‘Watsi’
Nonprofit Start-up! Isn’t this word wonderful? I fell in love. Looking at me and my friends around me, the perception of NPO was not good. First of all, It’s not cool! In fact, it is fair to say that corporations are too cool. They invest a lot of money to recruit talent. So what do you think it’ll be now? All the talented people gather there! If so, should the nonprofit always be beaten by the profit? I don’t think so! Peter F. Drucker said Mission is the most important thing for NPO in his book, ‘Managing the Non-Profit Organization’. I also want to challenge myself. I try to learn many things. First, Nonprofit Start-up is already a known word in the world. Many people cite ‘Watsi‘ as an example. I should study more.
“The “non-profit” institution neither supplies goods or services nor controls. Its “product” is neither a pair of shoes nor an effective regulation. Its product is a changed human being. The non-profit institutions are human-change agents. Their “product” is a cured patient, a child that learns, a young man or woman grown into a self-respecting adult; a changed human life altogether.” ― Peter F. Drucker, Managing the Non-Profit Organization: Principles and Practices
“Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
~Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.” — Muhammad Ali
“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” — Elizabeth Andrew
Volunteer inspirational quotes
“Only a life lived for others is worth living.” — Albert Einstein
“What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good.” — Aristotle
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” — Winston Churchill
“The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.” — Helen Keller
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?” — Martin Luther King, Jr.
World Interfaith Harmony Week is a UN resolution for a worldwide week of interfaith harmony. It was proposed in 2010 by King Abdullah II and Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan. The World Interfaith Harmony Week falls in the first week of February of every year and aims to promote harmony between all people regardless of their faith. Personally, I think the aims and ends of everything are really so cool. When it looks different from reality, I feel skeptical and helpless. On the other hand, I’m relieved to know there are others who strive to make the world better place without a stop. What should I choose? I have to fight.
“It is essential to resist forces of division that spread misunderstanding and mistrust especially among peoples of different religions. The fact is, humanity everywhere is bound together, not only by mutual interests, but by shared commandments to love God and neighbor. What we are proposing is a special week, during which the world’s people, in their own places of worship, could express the teachings of their own faith about tolerance, respect for the other and peace.” – King Abdullah
HWPL Religious Youth Peace Camp in Iraq
“Let us achieve peace by understanding each religion”
HWPL shares the mutual goalwith the UN to promote harmony and understanding between all people regardless of their religion. So it has operated the World Alliance of Religion’s Peace (WARP) Offices and HWPL Religious Youth Peace Camp. The WARP Office meetings is the series of interfaith dialogue based on each scripture(more info). The HWPL Religious Youth Peace Camp was held for the first time in the Middle East in line with the UN Harmony Week on 7 February, 2018. The title is “Let us achieve peace by understanding each religion”. The camp was co-hosted by HWPL and the President and Dean of Halabja University in Iraq. About 200 attendees including religious leaders coming from Christianity, Islam, and KaKai, and university representatives gathered at the Halabja University. In Gwangju city of Korea, 90 members of the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) participated in the camp through Skype. I’m looking forward to the future of these youth. 🙂
“I think this camp is a true way to spread peace andreligious coexistence and educate students and young people to know what religious coexistence is and how to apply. I hope this project may be extended to hold camps and other meetings. We at Halabja University are very eager to do this” – Dr. Nariman Abdulla Ali, Dean of College of Human Sciences
In gold rushes, Australia’s total population more than tripled from 430,000 in 1851 to 1.7 million in 1871. Australia first became a multicultural society during the gold rush period. What were born here? ‘The mateship‘ Mateship is a code of conduct and concept that can be traced back to early colonial times. The harsh environment in which new settlers found themselves meant that men and women closely relied on each other for all sorts of help. In Australia, a ‘mate‘ is more than just a friend and is a term that implies a sense of shared experience, mutual respect and unconditional assistance.(Wiki)
“The very success of ‘mateship‘ in Australia eroded individualism. In a sense mateship was a protection against individualism…it is probably one of the most characteristic folk beliefs of Australia. There is concern for the ordinariness in Australians. Consider Anzac Day again – men in their ordinary clothes, marching through the streets out of step, unpretentious; and then getting drunk in the most ordinary manner imaginable. It is a celebration of the essential ordinariness and the common human-ness of man.” – DONALD, HORNE – Southern Exposure
Tall poppy syndrome & Underdog
One result of the prevalence of the “mateship” culture is that Australian society is stringently anti-hierarchical. Australians are expected to behave with humility and not think of themselves as better than their peers. Any disloyalty to their “mates” is treated harshly, and is known as the tall poppy syndrome, where people who grow greater than their peers are harshly criticised as being narcissistic, or “up themselves”. Mirroring the tall poppy syndrome which brings back to ordinary, the egalitarian Australian society has a traditional Australian support for the “underdog.” Australians will show support for those who appear to be at a disadvantageeven when the underdog is competing against fellow Australians, such as in sporting events.
“I love underdogs, people who have achieved extraordinary things against the odds.” – Phil Keoghan
Capital : Canberra(‘meeting place’ in Aboriginal language)
Largest city : Sydney
2016 census : 23,401,892
Area : 7,692,024 km²
Currency : Australian dollar (AUD)
National language : English
Various ethnicities, No state religion
Australia diary : Basic information
If you want to understand Australia, you must know ‘Gold rush’. In Australia the gold rush began in the early 1850s. Europeans already arrived in 1600s. The gold rushes caused a huge influx of people from overseas. Australia’s total population more than tripled from 430,000 in 1851 to 1.7 million in 1871. Australia first became a multicultural society during the gold rush period. These diggers lived together naturally. What were born here? ‘The mateship‘ The mateship and their collective resistance led to the emergence of a unique national identity.(later) So the Australia has various ethnicities, languages and religions.
Ethnicity : English (36.1%), Australian (33.5%), Irish (11.0%), Scottish (9.3%), Chinese (5.6%), Italian (4.6%), German (4.5%), Indian (2.8%), Greek (1.8%), and Dutch (1.6%) Language : English (72.7%), Mandarin (2.5%), Arabic (1.4%), Cantonese (1.2%), Vietnamese (1.2%) and Italian (1.2%) Religion : No religion (30.1%), Roman Catholic (22.6%), Other Christian (18.7%), Anglican (13.3%), Islam (2.6%), Buddhism (2.4%) and Hinduism(1.9%)