Read "War is Slavery - An Awakening" (6/13/08) for an overview of where I'm at, at this point on my life.
I'm a father, retired businessperson, and a military veteran (Army, infantry, Viet Nam). I have a BA from Michigan State University and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. I married my magnificent spouse in 1971. I am finding dialogue (vs. debate) with diverse people to be fascinating.
I believe that there is always a way to resolve a conflict peacefully. It may take time. It may take negotiations. It will take skill. It will take intelligence. But there is ALWAYS a way.
I believe that rational people resort to violence because they either make money at it, or they can't think of any options. I believe that fear breeds hate and that fear is used by those in power to keep their power. If the people are kept busy fighting themselves, they won't have time or energy to fight those in power.
I believe democracy is a verb and true democracy is a threat to the powerful. I believe that if you have to hurt someone to solve a problem, you are the problem.
As a military veteran (Army, infantry, Viet Nam) I invite everyone to take a few moments this Sunday and think about the interconnectedness of life. Why this Sunday? Because the eleventh day of the eleventh month was originally called Armistice Day – a day to mark the end of WWI and the beginning of world peace. Congress passed a resolution that said in part, "this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations" and they invited "the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples".
Unfortunately, like many other "days", the original meaning has been forgotten, or intentionally changed. This day is now called "Veterans Day", and what will be promoted is the military solution to conflict resolution. There will be much talk of "patriotism", and "sacrifice", and "love of country", and "defending our freedom", but little about "mutual understanding" or "friendly relations" or non-violent solutions to conflict.
Peace cannot be obtained by bombs, bullets, invasions and occupations.Peace cannot be obtained by violence.Peace can only be obtained by the simple, yet courageous act of talking, and developing mutual understanding.Violence is the barbarian solution to conflict.Think about it this Sunday.