There is a choice to be made in all things.
After watching the movie "fat man and little boy" I am thinking; there
must be a choice to kill or not. Not just the dropping of the bombs, nor
their creation, but the war and all wars. Who decides? So many things
way, odds to concider... how does one decide to end the life of another?
I would like to form a country which refuses to war. I would like to form
a country based on equality and acceptance. We'd probably get invaded.
At this point I always reach an impasse. I have some good questions but
the answers, aren't. The answers are not simple, they aren't constant nor
or they applicable to anyone but the person who comes up with them. Too
many qualifiers and too many extenuating circumstances; there can not be
policy on murder. It is all up to the action: do, don't, wait, denounce,
promote, avert your eyes... Ideas are ephemeral, action is obtuse (built
from ideas) and the action defines the image.
So what do you do?
1. Recognize that our society is addicted.
2. Recognize that previous societies achieved precisely what you
dream of. "Journey to the Ancestral Self", by Tamarack Song, publ
Station Hill Press, and "Return to Creation", by Manitonquat, are 2
of several books that detail how indigenous communities achieved
3. Recognize that change occurs because people model a preferable
4. If you really feel there is any hope, pay attention to what
fascinates you. This will energize and focus your efforts.
5. The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step, and
continues, step by step by step by step. Mahatma Ghandi said you
must do whatever you must do, and not worry about the fruit.
6. Violence is a low level frequency among the spectra of
frequencies available to humans. Weapons are crystallized fear.
Marianne Williamson said some fascinating things about fear, in her
"A Return to Love".
7. Recognize that cooperation defines humans, and that competition
makes them stupid.
8. Pick small achievable goals, and achieve them. We can take
small slices off the beast, or we can celebrate small victories.
Anything else is gunning the engine in neutral.
9. Choice is powerful, as you say. So is asking questions.
Questions focus awareness, and get the mind working on solutions.
How can we have more fun working together to solve problems? One
of my favorite peace activities is a form of circle dance. Every
indigenous culture I've run across had one, in some form. It is a
great way to express community, and ground out kinesthetic energy
that might otherwise lead to violence. The creator had a vision of
people all over the world dancing and eating together, across
national, religious, cultural, and ethnic lines. His idea is
spreading [manual e-mailed on request].
Speaking as a veteran, most people in the military would gladly get
out to take a decent wage job as a civilian.
I'm working with a virtual university, which will have accredited
programs so that people in 3rd world countries, and even our own
inner cities, can get their degrees solving problems locally.
There is no reason to keep such education in the ivory tower, there
are more than enough problems to go around. Tuition is expected to
be 1/10 or less what a traditional college charges. I dreamed for
years of doing such a project, though I despaired of ever seeing it
happen, and was invited to join in based on certain energetic
e-mail I'd put out. If you get really focused on what fascinates
you, well, you get really aligned on mission, and things start
happening. If you really want to have some fun, pick 3 impossible
dream goals, and keep asking how those could be achieved. Only
problem with this exercise is that the goals in time turn out to be
achievable... and you have to come up with new impossible dream
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