• Raquel Cepeda, Jazz Singer

Think Peace, Be Peace

Updated: Jul 2, 2020

Raquel Cepeda, Houston Jazz Singer.

​Dear friends,

Think Peace, Be Peace: this is my message for you this Christmas and I hope it stays in your hearts and lasts forever.

Our wold is living an escalate of violence, intolerance, and terror. If you are reading this message you are probably lucky of not being affected to a higher degree by much of that. But other brothers and sisters are.

People like you and me. with happy lives, with dreams and feelings, that one day see everything they know upside down because somebody bombed their house. Because they are forced to leave their home and country due to war or extreme conditions. Because their kids or parents are killed by an extremist armed with a weapon. Because they are threatened, injured or prosecuted for not professing a certain religion or being from a certain political party. Because they get mistreated or abused because they belong to the wrong gender. Or ridiculed because they are different. Or incarcerated because they speak up to tell the truth.

The reality is, our human kind comes with the inherent flaws of selfishness, pride, need for power and control, and an incredible inability to see beyond ourselves. This is not new. Throughout history the same problems that afflicted us in the past are affecting us right now. The difference is that now the weapons that we are building are bigger and more powerful. And the effects can shake the very grounding of our own planet. Transform air that we breath. The waters of the oceans. And