War and Peace

Weapons are the tools of fear; a decent man will avoid them except in the direst necessity and, if compelled, will use them only with the utmost restraint. Peace is the highest value. If the peace has been shattered, how can he be content? His enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself. He doesn't whish them personal harm. Nor does he rejoice in victory. How could he rejoice in victory and delight in the slaughter of men?

Lao Tzu

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How true!

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Weapons are the tools of fear; a decent man will avoid them except in the direst necessity and, if compelled, will use them only with the utmost restraint.

So true. I think so many Americans resort so quickly to war and violence because they don't know how else to cope, how else to deal with the threat and insecurity they feel.

If we want greater peace to prevail in our world, it will be up to those of us who understand how to cope in a more effective way with the threats we confront to take the lead in showing others how to do this. We will need leaders who can indeed lead on this issue. We will need to elect people to office who indeed possess this competence. We will need to restructure election campaigns to highlight precisely this issue. We will need grassroots educational campaigns to discuss and better prepare individuals on how to think about constructive and peaceful approaches to the resolution of conflicts (between individuals and groups), conflicts that we will inevitably encounter.

Inter-group conflicts can be occasions and opportunities for mutual growth and gain; they need not be occasions of war and violence. War is the recourse of those who feel weak, and threatened, not of those who feel strong and confident that they can deal with the challenges presented to them.

Mike

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