Hello, world

Yes, another “hello, world” title, but this one is not the result of my practice with php, perl, or some other programming task. I’m celebrating World Hello Day today and encouraging others to do the same. Say “hello” to strangers today.

Anyone can participate in World Hello Day simply by greeting ten people. This demonstrates the importance of personal communication for preserving peace.

World Hello Day was begun in response to the conflict between Egypt and Israel in the Fall of 1973. Since then, World Hello Day has been observed by people in 180 countries.

People around the world use the occasion of World Hello Day as an opportunity to express their concern for world peace. Beginning with a simple greeting on World Hello Day, their activities send a message to leaders, encouraging them to use communication rather than force to settle conflicts.

As a global event World Hello Day joins local participation in a global expression of peace.

Check the (rather sparse) Web site for World Hello Day, from whence I clipped the quoted material and where one can read letters from people supporting the effort. Entry on Wikipedia



Filed under News, Other sites, Peace

2 responses to “Hello, world

  1. Bummed I missed this, although I tend to smile and/or say hello to folks I come across daily, so I’m hoping (assuming :)) I did on the 21st! :)

  2. Hey, SoCal Muchacha.

    I like the idea of greeting others, including strangers, in passing. It seems as though many folks look down, away, or steadily ahead. I keep hoping that routinely greeting folks, however fleetingly, will promote those folks’ greetings of others. I imagine a ripple spreading from each simple nod; if there were enough ripples spreading….

    I imagine a movie in which the camera

    (1) Shows the view of a Person M walking along a sidewalk, focusing on individual faces as they pass, and catching an occasional individual who smiles and nods;

    (2) Steps outside of the individual who, the audience realizes is looking passersby in the eye and nodding to those who return the eye contact;

    (3) Goes back to view 1 and, after a couple of interactions, focuses on one particular individual, then jumps back to show the interaction between Person M and Person N from above, essentially what the audience has just seen from Person M’s view;

    (4) Switches smoothly to following one of the viewpoint of Person N as Person M passes;

    (5) Follows Person N as in Views 1-3 until switching to another person’s view, who continues the chain.

    (6) After a couple of such sequences, when the audience is seeing the scene from above as in View 3, instead of switching to a new person the view rises and we see People M, N, O, and others’ head orienting toward others and nodding in slow motion;

    (7) Continues to rise and dissolves into a water surface with ripples spreading from each smile-and-nod spot.

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