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Growing up in farm country in mid-America the relationship between seed and crop was more than easy to see in our back fields. The land was rented to local farmers who grew corn, soybeans, wheat and other crops year after year all my time at home. Those farmers saw the proof of the old adage, “You reap what you sow.”
A few days ago I was reminded about another similar adage. Those who sow violence (read that any who institute a violent act of any sort) may solve one problem but very likely another issue will arise. The reaction to violence in most human cultures is more and escalating violence.
Today we live in a world of escalating military expenditures, increasing amounts of arms and ammunition, and a continual race to be the biggest of them all. To what purpose? What benefit does humankind see from more and more arms and armament? Is national security made more sure by a nuclear arsenal that could turn our planet to a cinder in minutes?
My heart tells me if we sow violence we are likely to reap more of the same. What about if we as a nation were to take on the course of sowing peace? There are
many examples around the world of peaceable intervention leading to improved lives. What is to stop us as a people from doing even more.
The sowing of peace can begin with each of us in every aspect of our lives. Instead of responding in kind to that unkind word or gesture perhaps we would be better to respond with a measure of kindness and friendly words. We need not allow ourselves to become doormats accepting all the misfortune people can hand out, but maybe if we reduce the level of the adversity in the situation we can in the end spread a message of peace and reduced militarism around the world. At least in my mind the idea is one worth a moment or two of real thought and honest consideration.
Quote of the Day:
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
~ Mother Teresa
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