Sowing the seeds of peace (Photo courtesy of US Embassy in Berlin)
U.S. Ambassador to Germany Philip Murphy Planting Sunflower Peace Seeds in Berlin

U.S. Ambassador to Germany Philip Murphy Planting Sunflower Peace Seeds in Berlin

Fifty years after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., much of his vision has come to fruition at home and abroad. In September of 1964, he visited both East and West Berlin, sowing the seeds of hope for  inspiring his audiences that God knows no such separation. Twenty-five years later that wall came down peacefully.

Unfortunately, there still remain all to many weed seeds of hatred, ready to germinate given the right conditions. For solving these kinds of deeply rooted problems, we need even deeper rooted solutions. As the grandson of Ross Daniels, the inventor of the Ross Root Feeder, spent the first half of my professional career working in the family business chasing primarily commercial goals. About ten years ago, I began to ponder how I could take my grandfather’s vision to the next level for root feeding the deepest roots society.  I began to analyze the cultural, historical, and geo-political roots of gardening, along with my own Jewish spiritual roots as defined by the Wisdom Of Kabbalah. The results of which were recorded in my recently published German language book, “Sät die Blumen des Friedens” (Sowing the Flowers of Peace), Allegria Verlag, January 13th, 2013, Berlin.  After all of this analysis, I portrayed a not so mythical White House gardens globally televised “Weed Out Hate” event in which all the world’s children would be inspired to fulfill Dr. King’s dream and vision by rooting out symbolic weeds of hatred.  Halfway through the manuscript, I started the “Weed Out Hate” grassroots initiative. Over the course of the last three years, over 50,000 packs of Sunflower Peace Seeds have been donated and planted, including some by former U.S. Ambassador Philip Murphy himself, just a few kilometers from where that Wall once stood. On the back of each pack was a kids call to action, asking them to email the White House to lobby for a globally televised “Weed Out Hate” event.

Is this possible? Absolutely!  Since launching the Campaign, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Iowa Governor Terry Brandstad have each issued statewide “Weed Out Hate Day” Proclamations in the Summer of 2011.  Chicago City Mayor Rahm Emanuel did the same. I have received letters of support from former President Jimmy Carter as well as U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry Black.

What is holding us back is our simmering inner rage that flares up given the right geo-political conditions, detaching us from the spiritual possibilities of the future.

The Weed Out Hate Initiative empowers every citizen of the world to make a difference with the simple action of sending an email to President Obama at for transforming this mythical global “Weed Out Hate” vision into a spiritual gardening odyssey reality, where even peace in the Middle East becomes possible.

What is the power of a dream? Try to imagine the best scientists, landscape architects, and government officials, diplomats from all over the world, coming together, kneeling down on the ground, rolling up their sleeves and weeding out hate on the Israeli/Gaza border. Try to imagine Kabbalah Parks springing up where the current Gaza-Israeli border now stands.Try to imagine children from Gaza and Israel tugging together and rooting out persistent weeds of hatred. Try to imagine all these spiritual cries triggering an ocean of Divine tears back to earth. Try to imagine the kind of global spiritual catharsis, humanity has not witnesses since Noah.  This is the one place one earth where miracles have happened before and will happen again in world to come.  Try to imagine this vision as our global New Years Resolution for 2014.