The world is changing quickly and there may be a real metamorphosis as the power shifts in the Middle East. For the most part the transitions have been peaceful, with the notable exceptions of Libya and Iraq. As Mubarek gave over power and Libya became restless, folks were asking whether the US had an obligation to go into Libya in support of democracy. My reaction is heck no, at least not in the military sense. But could we in some way be standing by to help Libyans (or people anywhere) build an economic infrastructure which supports peace?
My friend AW, who is working with the Mennonites in Iraq, writes to the Alternatives to Violence Project's listserve about needing resources so that she can help Iraqis hold non-violent demonstrations. People everywhere are thirsting for how to bring about change non-violently. Yet, in order to keep the federal government afloat, Congress proposes to cut the department of peace. Where else could the budget be cut, when over 50% of the federal budget goes to military and the pentagon? It's time to turn the swords into plowshares at home and to aid in efforts to do that abroad. If people can live decently, with dignity, and receive education that leads to a just livelihood and receive health care, would that not increase world peace?
What can I do to make more peace in the world? Where am I being led?
Barbara B 3/1/11
Clear-eyed girl, clear-sighted through the passing of years, seeing truth through all the layers of spin and denial. Powerful vision arises like the crystalline waters of a deep mountain lake fed by snow melt. With such sight, insight, perfect vision, how can she do anything but engage in random acts of beauty and kindness? Truth and love will conquer all, can heal and bring reconciliation even where there has been wanton destruction. Peace is within us and around us. How do we keep our vision clear and perfect? Prayers of gratitude transform stubborn hearts, music calms the savage breast, art gives the soul expression. Staying connected to the source, inspiration is abundant.
Barbara B 3/6/11