Bird Droppings December 3, 2009
Trying to uncover peace
“In this week of great destruction, we must each choose what road we are to walk and live. The road of destruction is war, it has always been so. The road of creation is deeper and more complicated; it has always involved forgiveness, love, light, prayer, and spirit. In this new millennia we have a chance to change the way we see other beings to one of connectedness and unity. We have a chance to let go of the ancient ways of war and conflict, of who is right, of being better, of senseless killing. This week has thrown us back on the old model of the last millennia.” Michael Samuels, M.D., and Mary Rockwood Lane, PhD, Path of the Feather
I remember a weekend drive to North Georgia heading to a graduate class in Mountain City home of Foxfire where I watched seven people marching for peace in small town in North Georgia. This paragraph is a few lines from a Navaho prophecy edited by Dr.’s Samuels and Rockwood. In my own searching reading and writing so often the contrast of peace versus war seems to always come up.
“The three hardest tasks in the world are neither physical feats nor intellectual achievements, but moral acts: to return love for hate, to include the excluded, and to say, ‘I was wrong’.” Sydney J. Harris
For many Sydney J. Harris is simply an old forgotten columnist from by gone days. But his words are powerful. Often as I find articles he wrote from the sixties and seventies I wonder why I missed them then. I am reminded as I think it was not time for me to see them; the pieces were not in place at that time for me to understand and to recognize what it was he is saying. A dear friend writes from his heart and others only can criticize or turn away often not even reading the words.
“The two words ‘information’ and ‘communication’ are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.” “An idealist believes the short run doesn’t count. A cynic believes the long run doesn’t matter. A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines the long run.” Sydney J. Harris
Sitting here each morning it is so easy to formulate solutions and fantasize a world free from strife and turmoil. I have a good friend who will argue that with me when I bring it up. Looking at the human condition and the human attributes that drive so many of the problems in the wordl such as greed, hate, and distrust. But then I drive away from my house and see that nothing has changed we are still at war and still have all of those conditions running rampant it seems at times. Still at the department store with the early bird sales on Black Friday masses of humanity will line up to get the best deal and gasoline will still be artificially high so our wonderful gas companies profits can continue to supposedly bolstering the economy.
I often wonder who came up with thinking like that in any other business sooner or later someone would see the ridiculous, Exxon had some of its highest profits ever on one headline and on another gas at highest ever only a few months a year back. What an interesting parallel we seem to miss. A good point however at least someone is thinking as our Supreme Court judges slowly age a poll was taken on what type of judge should replace any who should step down, 41% want a moderate, 35% a conservative and only 21% a liberal. I wonder what the remaining 3% want that are left, someone who is younger than seventy five maybe.
“Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.” Sydney J. Harris
A new morning and into the end of the week Later today I will be tutoring and working with a student after school. As I sit and ponder this morning not quite as wet as yesterday we each need to look at our pathway and see which direction we are going. Is it the path of destruction or of creation as the Navaho say that we choose. Please keep all in harms way on your minds and in your hearts.