Today is Peace Day in Jamaica, an initiative launched a few years ago by an organization going under the banner of Peace and Love in Schools (PALS). Its goal is to promote non-violence in an ultra-violent society. The organization has now changed its name to Peace and Love in Society in an attempt to broaden its reach. During the day, I saw a number of cars, obviously on the school run, with the PALS ribbon flapping from the antenna. Schoolchildren wore it with pride: the boys using it as a kung fu-style bandana; the girls as hair ribbons woven into their braids. But that was it. For most other people, it was largely a non-event.
I asked someone if they were peace and love today.
Yeah man! But is like Christmas, y’na. Is just one day. Tomorra I’m anudder ting.