Peace and the "World Youth Energy Games"
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          There hadn’t been a shooting war on Earth in nine years. There had been plenty of disagreements, scores of arguments between nations. Hatred had not yet been eliminated, but there had not been a war involving two or more nations since 2020.
          The leaders of the United States, France, Germany, Japan, China, Russia and all members of the United Nations gave credit for the long term peace on Earth to the establishment of the “World Youth Energy Games.”
          It all began in the year 2011 when the people’s revolt in Egypt overturned the existing president and his government. Two weeks after the revolt erupted in the streets of Cairo the nation’s president, Hosni Mubarak was forced to resign and his government disbanded. The rioters had chosen a popular military general to lead the new government.
          Observers around the world watching the television coverage of the revolution clearly saw that the majority of the rioters were young men, appearing to be between the ages of eighteen and twenty five years old. There were some mature men and a few females but the overwhelming majority of those filling the streets were young men.
          The President of the United States noted the preponderance of young men leading the revolution, as did the leaders of most of the major countries of the world. The matters of youth, violence and revolution were brought before the United Nations General Assembly.
          Committee meetings, discussions and organization meetings in the U.N. continued for five years. A preliminary agenda was formatted and finally brought before the Assembly. It called for an experimental plan to involve all men 18 to 25 years of age in all member nations to participate in monthly games, to be called “World Youth Energy Games.”
          The Presidents of the United States, France, China and Russia took turns supporting the plan.
          The American President explained to the Assembly, “Much of the world noticed that during the rebellion in Egypt, that it was the young men of the country that led the revolt. Their energy caused the collapse of the Egyptian government. The presidents of many other countries and I have discussed that the wars between us have always been fought by the young men. They are the ones that fight and the ones that die. The world needs a means to satisfy and use the energy of our young men other than for the fighting of wars. That is why we have come to you to support the plan of the “World Youth Energy Games.”
          The President of France continued making the presentation. “In this year of 2016 we propose that the “World Youth Energy Games” be organized and become a planet-wide reality by the year 2020. We support a schedule that would enable every young man in every country in the world to compete with all the other young men in other countries in the various sports and games competition. We plan on the “Energy Games” to be played every Saturday around the planet, once a month, every month, every year.
          At this point the President of China, through an interpreter, continued, “Our plan involves having every able bodied young man compete in the “World Youth Energy Games” from the ages of 18 to 25. We believe that by using the energy of these young men in the “Games” we can avoid wars and hostilities between our countries. These games will be designed to use the utmost energy of our young men in a constructive manner. We, the major countries of the world, believe that by having most of our young men compete with each other once a month in sports activities that youthful energy will be used in healthy competition and not in fomenting wars and combat. We believe we have created a means to use the energy of youth in a positive manner, thereby avoid deadly confrontations between our nations.”
          The president of Russia then spoke, “We urge all nations to participate in the “World Youth Energy Games,” and use it as a device to end military confrontations around the planet. A select committee has created the formats for the games that will begin in the year 2020. We look forward to the first games which will begin in six months in most countries of the world.”
          In April of 2020 the inaugural “World Youth Energy Games” was held between China and Canada. The format was similar to the one-every-four-years Olympic Games, except for the elaborate opening and closing ceremonies and some of the events themselves. The “World Youth Energy Games” were a thousand times larger than the Olympic Games. Every athletic field, every arena, every park in China was filled with the 230,000 young Chinese boys and an equal number from Canada. Every Saturday, around the world millions of young boys would compete in foot races, javelin throwing, shot put, soccer, relay races, plus the added sports of which they were familiar – tether ball, bowling and the most popular and aggressive sport of all – dodge ball.
          The organizers and Game referees tried to keep the competition at a level pace, but the testosterone-fueled young boys thrived on the competition. The first month’s games featured match ups between Iraq vs. Iran, Italy vs. Malta, France vs. Germany, Bali vs. Indonesia, Japan vs. South Korea, England vs. India. Around the globe hundreds of Games competition were held. After the first round of Games the winners of each Game would be scheduled to play against other winners, with a series of playoff games to begin nine months after the first match. A world championship final would be played on the first week in January of every year.
          All in all, over 56,500,000 young men between the ages of 18-25 competed in the monthly Games. In the first World Championships, held in Brasilia between the young men of Australia and Mexico, Australia emerged the winner and was named Champion of the first “World Youth Energy Games.”
          The championship dodge ball game, won by the Australian boys 6-5, was watched on television by over 3 billion viewers, setting a record for viewership. Of the 194 nations in the world, 183 participated by sending their young men to the monthly Games. The Games are attended, in person, world wide by nearly 10,000,000 people monthly
          Since the inception of the Games in 2020 there has not been a war or a military skirmish between participating nations.
          The “World Youth Energy Games” have been played every month in all participating countries. It is forecast that by the year 2030 that 100,000,000 young men will participate in the Games worldwide.
          After the first year of the monthly competition, the president of the United States, in a televised address, stated, “We feel that having young men from 183 countries around the world participate in healthy competition that we have funneled their vital energies into an acceptable and peaceful direction. We believe that the “World Youth Energy Games” has brought a new era of peace to our planet.”
          In the third week of March, 2021, on a dusty, barren field in Damascus, a group of Syrian young men were practicing a game of dodge ball, preparing for their April match against the team of young men from Israel.
          A young Syrian lad, wearing a T-shirt, short pants and Nike shoes, turned to his fellow dodge ball teammates and said, “I want to beat those Israelis so bad. Let us practice harder to insure our victory. We cannot let them beat us.”
          In Romania, four men stood together on the entrance to their running track, ready to practice the four man 400 meter relay race. The taller of the group, a 22 year old, turned to his teammates, all 19 years of age and said, “The world will be watching us, let us not fail our country.”
          In the Vatican, Pope Gregory XVII, whispered to an aide, “How wonderful it is that young men playing games can bring peace to mankind. Let us hope it lasts…”