3-2-1 Flying Fridays

Hello lovely readers and welcome back to 3-2-1 Flying Fridays! The only weekly post that believes we must fight for peace.

Following a 3-2-1 approach, it contains 3 thoughts from me (that you should ignore), 2 quotes from others (that you should read), and 1 something special (maybe). 

As a bonus I’ve finished with one joke that’s so bad, it’s good!

Let’s begin!


3 x Thoughts:

1) There is value in anger if used constructively. There is no value in resentment. It means the enemy is inside your head. If we are to stand and win the fight for peace, we must first win it within ourselves.

2) Concentrate on loving and protecting those who need it, not hating those who don’t.

3) We all need to ask ourselves, what would we do? How would we respond if we woke up to bombing and heavy artillery tomorrow morning? What if we found ourselves in a war we didn’t ask for? What if we were made to choose between accepting the rule of tyranny and oppression or killing those trying to enforce that upon us? Then we need to ask ourselves how we can help.


2 x Quotes:

“War is organised murder and nothing else.” 

— Harry Patch (One of the last surviving combat soldiers from the First World War)

“No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in the present instant. Take peace. The gloom of the world is but a shadow; behind it, yet within reach, is joy. Take joy.”

— Fra Giovanni

1 x Thing:

This article by Yuval Noah HarariWhy Vladimir Putin has already lost this war. Here’s an excerpt:

“Nations are ultimately built on stories. Each passing day adds more stories that Ukrainians will tell not only in the dark days ahead, but in the decades and generations to come. The president who refused to flee the capital, telling the US that he needs ammunition, not a ride; the soldiers from Snake Island who told a Russian warship to “go fuck yourself”; the civilians who tried to stop Russian tanks by sitting in their path. This is the stuff nations are built from. In the long run, these stories count for more than tanks.”



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9 thoughts on “3-2-1 Flying Fridays

  • That 1x Thing was pretty danged inspiring. Truth be told, I’d probably be a coward if the same thing happened here, which is why I respect all the stories that are coming out from Ukraine. Thanks for sharing even more for me to think about!

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    • Yeah – Yuval is a great writer – he’s written a couple of books that I highly recommend – Homo sapiens and homo deus.

      I’m not sure any of really know how we would respond if put in an impossible position like that. I tend to think those who are honest enough to admit they would scared might end up being the bravest of us all.

      Thanks Stuart – wishing you well 🙏

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  • Thank you for sharing the Guardian article. A very hopeful and thoughtful read about the situation. Russia is very well winning the battle but the author is right: the Ukrainians are winning the war and the world over with their bravery and spirit. 🙏

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  • Wonderful post!
    I’ve read one of Yuval’s books – the Homo Sapiens one and was enthralled by it. His article about the present war makes such a profound point, that the bravery of Ukraine and its president will continue to inspire the world whereas Putin has joined ranks with the likes of Hitler and Kim Jong Un.
    I hope for the sake of the Ukrainian people that this war can be brought to a swift end before any further suffering is caused.

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