I received an email from a colleague at work today. It seems that Friday is one of our other employees’ birthday, which happens to coincide with “World Hello Day”. I had never heard of the November 21 “special day”, but I had to read all the way down to the bottom of the email chain to find out. On November 21, you are supposed to “verbally greet ten people or more on that day as an expression of the importance of personal communication in preserving peace”. This is supposed to communicate to world leaders that they should be resolving conflicts “through communication rather than the use of force”. [Is this supposed to work with radical Islamists?]
Yeah, just another feel-good attempt by the “peaceniks” of the world to get humans to quit being human, and be something else. But the real important information involves who started this “secular holiday”, and why.
World Hello Day was founded in 1973 by Brian McCormack, a Ph.D. graduate of Arizona State University, and Michael McCormack, a graduate of Harvard University, in response to the Yom Kippur War. [source: Wikipedia} Just what, you ask, is the Yom Kippur War? It happened when multiple Arab armies (Egypt-led) attacked the State of Israel, with no provocation, in October of 1973. Funny, but Israel was NOT the perpetrator of this war, which everyone seems to forget. The hothouse-raised academics started this “secular holiday” as just another way to denigrate the State of Israel for defending itself against many enemies at once, and then, horror of horrors, WINNING. Yes, the world would be instantly peaceful if the Israelis simply let the Arabs destroy them and “take back” the lands that Israel won in 1967. Guess what, academics. It’s never going to happen. Israel will continue to defend itself against multiple enemies, and Israel will triumph.
So, you out there who still think that peace can be achieved if world leaders simply stop using force to gain their objectives, and use “personal communication” instead, why don’t you tell it to the Iranians, ISIS, Boko Haram, North Korea, China, and Russia? And don’t expect a silly holiday, which most people don’t even know exists, to have any effect whatsoever.