How many wake-up calls do we need?

 We were stunned to realize horrific killing and serious injury terrorizing the Boston Marathon. Patriot’s Day has always been a point of pride and joy as people gathered at points all along the road from Hopkinton to Boston to cheer on the runners from all over the world. I well remember the day my father and I watched the marathon from Framingham and my father picked the winner, a man who lightly touched the earth with his graceful stride.  He was from Korea and we were jubilant to hear that he so deservedly won!

 Yet, many of us have wondered not whether, but when, the rest of the world would become desperate enough, after so many US attacks killing innocent people, that they would begin to pay back. Or, how many US citizen protests against continuing wars that have been ignored by Congress, might stimulate some one of our own to cause such an attack in hopes of waking up Congress to start thinking about peaceful means of co-existence with the rest of the world.

 Our massive military offense spending to protect oil and other self interests comes at a time when we need to provide massive spending for research and development of renewable, sustainable energy sources. Instead of impoverishing our country with the costs of war while enriching US corporations who go in to clean up after our attacks, we could be providing leadership to resolve inequities and enrich the health and well being of people everywhere.

 This is not a time to be thinking about getting perpetrators and making them pay. Our religions all yearn for peace and harmony. We need to ask ourselves, how important is peace and harmony to us? Is it important enough for us to be able to show tolerance and respect for people of different religions, sexual preferences, languages, bodies, and life styles?  Is peace important enough for us to recognize that we are but one of the species that needs to be protected in order for the earth to continue to provide for us all?  Do we fully understand that our natural resources must be protected for that survival?

 Do we recognize that to keep everybody healthy, we need to share the wealth and keep people gainfully employed? Do we recognize that we need to stop bombing, killing and torturing people in other parts of the world? Do we recognize that we all need to be re-educated to make this happen, not just school children?

 This wake-up call is about choice and communities pulling together to change course.

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2 Responses to “How many wake-up calls do we need?”

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