Peace: A Novel Collectively Written on the World-wide Web
In the era of both the Internet and worldwide media, an exciting new collaborative writing project is taking place –Peace.
By: Human Spirit Books
VANCOUVER, Wash. - July 22, 2013 - PRLog -- According to the originator of the project, Kevin Marley, Peace will be written with a plethora of authors from around the world with cordial invitations already sent out to many notable writers from J.K. Rowling to Stephen King to Eckhart Tolle to Deepak Chopra – and here's the catch: Anyone can join and submit story ideas or even write the next page.
During this year, Peace will be written solely on the Internet at P--E--A--C--E.com, draft after draft, and focus on solving the many crises of the 21st century while exploring the idea of splitting the atom of human potential through biotechnology. advancements in other sciences, and a revolution in human consciousness itself.
In a recent interview, Marley stated: "We're inviting everyone from President Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden to world leaders to writers to artists to musicians to roll up their sleeves, and to begin thinking about Peace in earnest. As the Pentagon has already said, Water and Oil Wars are strongly anticipated during the 21st century.
"Isn't it time" as President Dwight D. Eisenhower, once so eloquently stated, 'for people to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people (will) want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.'
"We've released an exciting peace video to convey this basic message." http://www.youtube.com/
Essentially, Peace is a positive step in such a direction where the common man, woman and child can begin imagining a more peaceful and equitable world where profound political/societal change and human potential are the foundational cornerstones instead of money/wealth, power, and self-aggrandizement.
Peace, the novel, will also address the global crises of: 1) The Greenhouse Effect, 2) the population explosion, 3) weapons of mass destruction, 4) rampant pollution and destruction of many ecospheres, 5) many drug-resistant diseases, 6) the end of petroleum during the next 35 years, and 7) the three billion people who live on a $2 or $1 a day.
However, as Marley himself noted, "Writing a collaborative novel to this extent will not be easy. The last notable attempt was made in 1989 with Ken Kesey, noted author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and thirteen University of Oregon graduate students. Collectively, they wrote Caverns, a sort of Indiana Jones meets the Canterbury Tales. It was hailed as a partial success although critics found some serious shortcomings with the book itself.
"In short, we need to learn from some of their mistakes and maintain a coherent voice and have in-depth characters and a stable setting. At times, editors will encourage incredible and fantastic creativity from writers, and at other times, we might need to reign things in."
In order to start their project, Peace is presently being launched on Indiegogo.com (http://www.indiegogo.com/
As Marley has ironically noted, "We spend $700 billion annually on war and conflict -- and yet, almost nothing on creating an intelligent plan for Peace. Perhaps, if we did, there would be a heated debate concerning our national expenditures, and with time, we would find our present course of action highly untenable."
Peace is expected to be written during the next 2-3 years, and the project is meant to be both controversial and engaging as the plot centers around discovering in ancient tombs in Beijing, China Sun Tzu's "Art of Peace" which is more powerful than his acknowledged classic, “The Art of War,” and hastily translating it so that it can be put into effect in a world terribly at war with itself.
There are many interesting Peace quotes associated with this project from Cicero to Nietzsche to Benjamin Franklin to John F. Kennedy to Martin Luther King, Jr. Some of them are as follows:
I prefer the most unfair peace to the most righteous war.
If we wish to create a lasting peace we must begin with the children.
There was never a good war or a bad peace.
War is as outmoded as cannibalism, chattel slavery, blood-feuds, and dueling, an insult to God and humanity...a daily crucifixion of Christ.
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
— Mother Teresa
War is cruelty and you cannot refine it.
—Gen. William T. Sherman
Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.
The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.
If someone thinks that peace and love are just a cliché
— John Lennon
A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.
— John Lennon
How good bad music and bad reasons sound when we march against an enemy.
Peace is not only better than war, but infinitely more arduous.
— George Bernard Shaw
One of the most persistent ambiguities that we face is that everybody talks about peace as a goal. However, it does not take sharpest-eyed sophistication to discern that while everybody talks about peace, peace has become practically nobody’
—Martin Luther King, Jr.
Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.
—John F. Kennedy