“Our best defense is to be defenseless!”
yes! thank you, robert koehler and oscar arias. surely, i'm not the only one who has noticed that we live in "a mad, mad, mad, mad world"? here we see the symptoms of the madness in so many ways--road rage, school bullying, attacks on places of worship and yiu name it. just last week my next-door-neighbor who's always spoken of peaceful resistance announced, "things are getting so scary! i'm getting everyone a gun, myself, my daughter and my son. i didn't say anything at the time but hope she'll rethink this. i've known karen's son, james, since he was 14 and as a former teacher i recognize that he's learning disabled. daughter, nichole, i've known since she was 17. several months ago nichole's husband took a job as a truck driver and because he's away from the family for so many days--they have two elementary school age kids--mom thought a gun in the house would add extra security. hmm. i'll bring the subject up again.
the underlying cause, i think, is fear
. sure, sometime any one of us may face a truly dangerous situation, but most of the time our lives aren't at risk with every step.
xenophobia, anxiety over what might happen and other phobias are a waste of time and energy.
however, it's almost impossible to rationalize away another's fear.
"Is there no other way the world may live?
The whole idea of nationhood seems baptized in the concept of war, aggression and militarized “self-defense.”
if humanity desires to continue living; we must find another way to live! we are one species living in one world. either we work together in unity or continue destroying our only home in the universe. it's time each of us face the music, take responsibility and as figueres responded: “Grow up!” none of us can force another to outgrow petty fears and xenophobia. all we can do is to live up to the best that is within us and hope others may follow the example. must admit i cannot do this 100% of the time, but i think it's important to resist depression and smile! hey, it just might catch on.