In 2005, the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude brought "The Gates" to Central Park in New York City. A giant 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 alone, the effect of the whole was far more than the sum of its parts. It created an amazing dynamic involving the observer, the thing being observed and the process of observation itself.
We have been inspired by this achievement, the manifestation of an idea hatched in 1979. In 2010, we hatched an idea to create an art installation unlike anything ever before seen or heard of on this planet, made possible for the first time in history by modern technology and the prevalent existence of social media.
Our idea is to 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.
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
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.
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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.
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