Calatafimi Segesta, Sicily, Italy- June 2015
Sicily has a special history, having been occupied by the Greeks, Normans and Arabs, as well as one other group that was like an unfriendly invader -- the mafia -- who for generations made parts of the island a war zone. This recent history made Segesta's event all the more heartfelt as they commemorated their signing the European Union supported Bruxelles Declaration, Pledge to Peace initiative, on "an occasion to celebrate the topic of the peace close to the ones who make them a reality every day in their own life, with concrete actions." Piero Scutari, president of "Associazione Percorsi," one of the sponsors, said, "We have to reflect peace every day."
Prem spoke about how peace will be the greatest achievement of mankind. Pointing to the moon that had risen over the back of the amphitheater, he said that long ago man had dreamed about going to the moon. But some said it wasn't possible while others said it was, and eventually it happened. If people believe it's possible to have peace in this world, it can be achieved. We are the only people for billions and billions of miles, so it is our duty to make it work here, no one else is going to help. Using the example of the unique location, including a pillared temple on a neighboring hill, Prem talked about Socrates and other scholars from that time who enquired about important issues in places like these.