Christchurch Call to Reflection
In light of the horrific events in my hometown of Christchurch, New Zealand, where an unenlightened extremist plotted murderous acts of misplaced malice, I resolved to revisit our aligned view, as members of AIESEC Alumni International, that we “strive to achieve Peace and Fulfillment of Humankind’s Potential”.
In my case, I am determined to do what I can to align the non-political organisation that we are all members of with the Sustainable Development Goals; in particular, in this case, with SDG#10.2: “By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status”.
In an apolitical way, we can partner for the Goals to collectively raise the potential of humanity neutrally by merely encouraging folk to think deeply about pertinent issues of our time.
By illuminating each other, we can spread our shared values far and beyond our online community to open the hearts of all to mutually inclusive progress for sustainable development.
In this way, our passion for peace will influence the thoughts of others and, maybe just maybe, persuade an extremist to think twice about committing heart-wrenching acts of resentment towards others.
This reflection is dedicated to the victims of the terrorist attacks of 15 March 2019, Christchurch, New Zealand.
– Lee Vallance
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