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I read through all three posts in one sitting. Once again, plagued by my own restlessness I could not sleep - and this time I am glad. What an incredible post my friend! Remember when we read McLaren at Camp Hammer and we felt that he as putting into words what we could not say, but felt inside? that is how I feel about your posts... you have said it so well... and yet, I look at your questions at the end of each post... puzzled. Not knowing how to answer... not knowing how to "make a difference" or open people's eyes. I know it begins with me - but even then... do I get more pissed off? Do I take more action? Do I speak up? Do I pray?...

... like your eldor shrugging with uncertainty and doubt... sometimes I feel the same. Look at history... we keep screwing it up. Where is the Kingdom? Where is the dream of God? Perhaps it truly exists parrallel to all of the world's mistakes that will go on forever, in the back streets of poor neighborhoods and in the houses of those soldiers who have no one to turn to for help... in the arms of servants lies the keys to the kingdom. Unseen and uneffected by the empire.

adam wright

Like Jim, i am truly impressed with this undertaking Ron. My posts are never this thought out and i'm always shooting from the hip so to speak. To prepare a succession of pieces like that with a similar theme and angle is impressive and inspirational. You're raised the bar here.
Also, i have no answer to your questions either. I am a bit ashamed by this, but perhaps some further meditation on your questions will yield some results. I've been a part of grassroots campaigns before but never started one...no idea how to even start. I look forward to pondering it though.


... i will get back to you on that one.

erin werner

Watching the film "Bobby" last night reminded me once again of how sheltered we are from the human cost of war. The (real) images from Vietnam depicted women and children crying, villages being blown away, and soldiers being sent home in caskets. The peace protests of that era were more than one man standing on the corner every week- they were passionate and heated gatherings. So much was on the line. The people demanded to know why blood was spilling there. Even if you didn't know someone who was killed in Vietnam, you saw the images and felt that it COULD be your neighbor, your brother, or your son.
If the news conglomerates will not give us the truth, to whom shall we look? To repeat some of your suggestions... Perhaps....
1) Films. There are some decent ones out there. You mentioned Jarhead and what was that one that played at the library for a while???
2) Our elders. Thank you for including them as a valuable resource in your posts. The social justice and peace groups here in Bend are comprised of mostly 50+ residents. Could this be because they don't want to see another Vietnam??? They have an understanding of the human cost of war.
3) Music. You've mentioned moving examples in your blog. Thank you for teaching me how to find the power behind lyrics and music, and for exposing me to some brilliant artists.
4) Local action groups....

Here's the thing with #4- there are groups out there trying to bring home the reality of war.... but what is our reaction to them? How do we feel when we see the crosses on the side of the road (eg: on the way to Redmond)? Do we even bother to go to the ducational seminars and demonstrations that come through our towns? And quite frankly, I am usually too tired to protest on Friday afternoons.

War is ugly and maybe this country needs to see it to believe it. The majority of people don't watch the films, don't talk with their elders, and aren't involved in local peace groups. How then will they udnerstand the sacrifice?
Those of us who already believe in the peaceful way must take up the next challenge- to engage ourselves in the (long and trying) efforts in our communities. How can we make the voice of peace be heard? How can we elicit responses from those in power? The effort isn't glamorous like we might imagine when we see the marches and protests of the 60's. It requires precious time and energy. Will we give it?

Thank you for the suggestions you gave- time for mourning/prayer, staying updated on casualties, etc.

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