Last Saturday about 100 people of various faiths (Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Sikhs, Wiccans, and adherents of Peruvian shamanism) joined the Aetherius Society, at their second multi-faith hike for peace to the summit of Mount Baldy (at 10,000 feet, the highest peak in the San Gabriel Mountains) where they prayed and meditated together.
Mountains have long been associated with holiness. The Greeks believed their mythological gods lived on Mt. Olympus. Moses was said to have brought the Ten Commandments down from Mt. Sinai. Hindus say the god Shiva lives on Mt. Kailash in the Himalayas. Followers of the Shinto religion revere Mt. Fuji in Japan. Mt. Baldy is sacred ground to local Native American tribes and to the Aetherius Society, a small, London-based group.
If only multi-faith prayers, and peace hikes could bring about World Peace, and we woke up today to discover our soldiers had already packed up and left Afghanistan, and Iraq.
As of July 26, 2010 596 Californians have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. It gave me the chills to see the photos of those young people. Yesterday Buchanan High School in the Californian central valley town of Clovis, buried Brian Piercy, 27, their 7th student to die in the war, earning them the sad distinction of the highest number of war dead from a California school.