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“How to Make Progress Towards World Peace by Embracing Our Differences and Working Together.”

We, the human race, have never had such an ability to create world peace as we do today. Although it is possible with all the latest communication that we have, it is not probable. Countries just don’t want to get along anymore today than they did in decades past.

Every society believes that the people of the world should live as they do. If we could just figure out that different countries are just like different people (none are the same and all have value), then we would be well on our way to world peace. Instead, we find fault in all nations that don’t share the same values we follow on our little piece of this planet. Who is right and who is wrong is written out in the gray area of life. Why must everyone else be who we are? Why must others follow our positions to be considered worthy of our blessings? We are all members of the human race, but we treat each other as aliens from outer space. Who is right or who is wrong in their beliefs and behaviors within their borders? As long as that nation takes care of its people and treats them as humans and not as property, there should be no conflict. If, on the other hand, a nation treats its people as less than human, they should be dealt with swiftly and without pause. (No amount of diplomacy can change the mindset of a monster!) This may sound harsh; however, I stand by what I have written. A monster (or monsters) that wish to wipe out a religion, a people, or a society as a whole because of their differences should be shown no mercy!

Call to Action for Peace

If we want to make progress towards world peace, we need to start by promoting peace in our own communities and families. We can practice empathy by listening to others’ perspectives, even if they differ from our own. We can support organizations that promote conflict resolution, education, and human rights. We can vote for leaders who prioritize diplomacy and international cooperation. We can broaden our horizons by traveling, learning new languages, and experiencing different cultures. By taking these small steps, we can contribute to a more peaceful world for ourselves and future generations.

Successful peace efforts

Full rainbow over the mountains
A peaceful world

Although world peace may seem like an unrealistic goal, there have been some notable examples of successful peace efforts in recent history. The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the subsequent reunification of Germany showed that a peaceful revolution could overcome entrenched divisions. The signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993–1995 between Israel and Palestine demonstrated that even deeply ingrained conflicts could be addressed through diplomacy. The establishment of the European Union in 1993 brought once-warring nations together in a spirit of shared prosperity. These examples remind us that peace is possible when we commit to it and work to overcome our differences.


It’s clear that to achieve world peace, we need to shift our mindset from imposing our values on others to embracing our differences and treating everyone with respect. As I have pointed out, there will always be gray areas between our beliefs and behaviors, but if we focus on taking care of our people and treating them with dignity, we can resolve conflicts without resorting to violence. We have the technology to communicate with each other and understand other cultures, but we need the willingness to seek common ground and work together for the greater good. We must understand that there are many differences in religion, clothing, food, dialog, and other such things. The differences between societies are valuable assets if we correctly look at them.

I have one question that I will leave you with. How can we create world peace if we can’t stop the strife within our borders? This post was written with my heart and soul. I believe if we take this seriously and strive to be better neighbors, it could flow worldwide. Remember, we are all in this together.

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“Tuff,” a dog without a paddle

As I have suggested before, I have had many furry friends in my lifetime. I try once in a while to bring out some of the crazy stories that each of my pets has blessed me with. This story is about my dog, “Tuff.” He was of the Boxer breed. Although I only had him for a few years before he passed, we became fast friends, and I truly enjoyed his companionship.

Tuff came into our family as a small pup but soon became an adult-sized dog who was a puppy at heart. He and my other dog, “Cooter,” were great friends. Before you ask, yes, Cooter is the Labrador retriever that is in the picture with me on the author’s page of this website. I have stories about Cooter as well, but for now, I will focus on a specific time with Tuff, although Cooter was there as well.

When I would go out and play with my two dogs, Tuff would get so excited that he couldn’t stand still. It was really funny to see him turn from head to tail in a standing position. He wasn’t one to run in circles that way. Instead, he just turns from side to side, with his head ending close to his cropped tail. Back and forth, he would turn. My wife and I remembered how they always taught kids about the alphabet on Sesame Street, so we would tease that he was making the capital “U.” As Cooter would run back and forth chasing the ball we would throw for him, Tuff would run a little way and do his Capital U impressions. We would laugh as we spent time yelling, “Go get the ball, Cooter! Then laugh more as we would say, “And here’s Tuff showing us the capital U!”

The author (Billy Scaggs) with his boxer Tuff (as a puppy).
“Tuff” as a puppy posing with me

This brings back great memories for me. There was a time when our two companions got into trouble with the law, and as Tuff held his ground and scared the officers, Cooter was evading capture. This part of their story will be told at a later date. I want to focus instead on why the title of this post is so important.

We decided one day to take our furry friends to the river so they could run free and have some well-deserved playtime. Having spent most of their two-year-old lives living in our backyard was boring for our beloved pets. They deserved a vacation of sorts, and the river would be perfect, or so we thought at the time. Cooter, being of the retriever breed, was built for the water. Although both dogs were very muscular in stature, there was a difference in their body makeup that we didn’t think of beforehand. Tuff was not built for the water, and we found this out the hard way. We loaded the dogs in the back of my pickup, and off we went. Both of our furry friends were having the time of their lives. It’s funny how much a dog enjoys riding in the back of a truck.

I pulled my pickup down to an area by the Gila River that was away from other people who were also enjoying the day at the river. We didn’t want to keep the dogs leashed the whole time, so we had to be far away from others to achieve this. It would be hard for the dogs to enjoy the river fully if they had to stay on leashes. When we found the spot we were looking for, we turned our friends loose. It was so great to see them running around and truly enjoying life! My wife and I walked down to the water’s edge and looked around. I made the comment that the water was still and deep enough to do some catfishing. Our two companions were running around crazily and finally headed at full speed toward us. Cooter never slowed down and leaped into the water about ten feet from the edge. He swam all over at a great amount of speed. Tuff, however, stopped at the water’s edge and looked around. He whined a little and looked back at us. It was as if he were asking permission to get in the water. I said, “Go ahead, buddy, jump in.” He walked back and forth, sticking his nose in the water, but was afraid to go in.

My wife and I looked at each other, both of us thinking how strange it was that he didn’t want to go in. Finally, I reached down, slapped the water, and told him it was okay. A few minutes went by, and we decided that he wasn’t going in. Just about that time, Tuff decided it was okay, and with an awkward jump, he splashed into the water about three feet from the bank. He disappeared! No bubbles, no splashing, nothing but the smooth, silky water that completely engulfed my dog! My wife looked at me and, with a shaky voice, asked, “Is he okay?” “Of course, he’s okay, sweetheart,” I answered, “He’s just checking out the catfish,” I said with a half grin. After thirty seconds went by, I started thinking that maybe my smart aleck answer wasn’t the best. Another thirty seconds, and I’m starting to think, “Maybe I need to go in after him?” Just about that time, his head popped above the water by the bank, and he was splashing around like a drowning man! Oh, crap! We both reached down to help him. I grabbed his collar, and my wife grabbed one of his front paws. We helped him out. He came up onto the bank and shook off the killer water that attacked him. Then, with relief on his face, he turned to one side and gave his signature move, the capital U. We both breathed a sigh of relief, knowing that he was okay. I decided that a boxer in the river is where that term came from: “A dog without a paddle!

This was very scary when it happened, but it became funny in the aftermath. If I may make a suggestion, if you own a boxer, it might be a good idea to put floatation devices on your dog if you take them to a river or lake. Although they can swim, it’s more of an extreme sport for them!

I hope you have enjoyed reading about my furry friends. I plan to write more about them in the future. I would love to hear about your pet’s adventures if you want to tell them. Take care of your pets and yourselves. Remember, we are all in this together.