Are you listening?
From childhood we are raised to take the “Pledge of Allegiance” in America, idolizing the fabric of a flag and the trodden ground on which we stand. It’s an indoctrination; all of course, in the name of God.
Other countries have their own “Pledges” and ceremonies surrounding them, some much more propagandizing than others, but regardless, the idea behind these pledges is a declaration of unbending loyalty.
I say allegiance of that sort is exactly what perpetuates wars, whether on the playground or in the real world of foreign policy and today’s word is riddled with self-professed “Patriots”, many of which have hateful and biased practices…of course also, all in the name of God.
My allegiance is to humanity and this place we call earth. Remember, “Peace” takes YOU too.