I DECLARE WORLD PEACE

The Project

Welcome to the I Declare World Peace project

The I Declare World Peace project is the world's largest ever art project / sort-of-science experiment. There is nothing to register for or to join. Participation is free and at will. While the I Declare World Peace project morally supports and encourages the efforts and goals of every other well-intentioned peace promoting endeavor, our project is based on principles of the "do less and accomplish more" variety. So, the I Declare World Peace project requires almost nothing of those who choose to participate in it – we ask only that you periodically think the affirmation "I Declare World Peace" and from time to time post it and otherwise promote the affirmation on social media and elsewhere.

We explain the value of this exercise below. We agree with John F. Kennedy and other enlightened thinkers that world peace is possible. In fact, we believe that world peace can be achieved in our lifetime. So to help nurture pro-peace thinking and to raise global peace consciousness, as well as to lubricate the process of achieving peace, please post the phrase "I Declare World Peace" on all of your social media sites. We also encourage the use of the official I Declare World Peace hashtag - #IDWP – when posting about this project. Peace, after all, is up to us. Thank you.

The ART

In 2005, the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude brought "The Gates" to Central Park in New York City. A giant art installation of 7,500 orange fabric gates, 16 feet high (4.87 m) of varying widths, lined 23 miles (36.8 km) of footpaths in the park. While each individual Gate was beautiful in itself, the effect of the whole array of Gates was dramatically more engaging and powerful. It created a compelling dynamic involving the observer, the thing being observed and the process of observation.

The Gates installation in Central Park was the outward manifestation and realization of a thought, an idea, hatched by the artists way back in 1979. Five years after we saw The Gates, having been quite inspired by it, we hatched a thought, an idea in 2010. Our idea was for an installation project unlike anything that ever existed, a project only made possible for the first time in history by the existence and exponential growth of Internet-based social media and electronic communication.

So, this was our idea, our thought: create the largest art installation ever, to be installed not in some physical location, or even in cyberspace but rather within the consciousness of every person on the planet, a sort of "Gates of the Mind". Each person will hold a "flag" in his or her mind, which collectively will change the history of the world. The "flag" is I Declare World Peace, expressed in the language of the thinker.

Over the coming weeks, months and years, people will be gently encouraged to type the affirmation "I Declare World Peace" on the "walls" of their various and favorite social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and so forth.

The SCIENCE

One of the intriguing premises of quantum theory, which seems to blend physics with metaphysics, states that by the very act of watching, the observer, through the process of observation, affects the object being observed. In a study reported in Nature (Vol. 391, pp. 871-874), researchers demonstrated how a beam of electrons is affected by the act of being observed. The experiment showed that the more "watching," the greater the observer's influence on what happens.

This indicates to us that consciousness, or the conscious mind, can affect phenomenal reality. In other words, thoughts can affect the physical world. Now, we understand we may be oversimplifying, but philosophers, mystics and wise folks through the centuries have claimed the same thing.

SO HERE'S THE STORY

IDWP I Declare World Peace logo.In general, goals are reached by taking action. All action proceeds from thought. The completion of a skyscraper results from the action of construction, which in turn results from the thoughts of the architects and builders.

In the same way, the ability to achieve peace in our lifetime is simply a direct function of the conscious thinking of people. Just as a war is commenced by declaration based on the thinking of certain people, peace requires a declaration based on the thinking of certain people. All group thinking is based on the thinking of the individuals in the group.

There are approximately 195 countries in the world. Assume there are 200 major "violent" separatist or opposition groups. If the top 5 ranking people in government and those separatist groups all declared peace, just 2,000 people, there would be peace. And those 2,000 would have no choice but to declare peace if substantial numbers of their "constituents" declared peace.

In short, world peace is entirely dependent on what you, yes you personally, think.

HOW YOU CAN EFFORTLESSLY PARTICIPATE

Please post and tweet the affirmation "I Declare World Peace" on your favorite social media site from time to time. Every time you see the tweet I Declare World Peace, please follow the person who tweeted it and then re tweet (RT) it. It will soon become like popcorn popping all over the world.

Go to www.facebook.com/declarepeace click "Like" and participate or come back to visit. Tell your friends. If you would like to sponsor this web site, it is free to do so and requires no fee or registration. We will put a link to any appropriate lawful business or entity on the Wall of Support page of this site.

It requires no reciprocity. Just email lr@ideclareworldpeace.com and provide your URL and a very brief description of the site. Come help us create the largest art installation in the history of the world, installed, for the first time ever, on the consciousness of mankind.

This site is growing. Please come back from time to time. The official I Declare World Peace hashtag is #IDWP

Above, right, our trademarked logo for non-commercial, display purposes only, to download: IDWP Display Logo.