Ten Reasons to Oppose Militarism & War on Earth Day

The U.S. military is the largest institutional polluter in the world. Since 2001, the U.S. military has emitted 1.2 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases, equivalent to the annual emissions of 257 million cars on the road. The U.S. Department of Defense is the largest institutional consumer of oil ($17B/year) in the world, and the largest global landholder with … Read more Ten Reasons to Oppose Militarism & War on Earth Day

Safe Passage

We ask our government to keep us safe. Since our founding, this has meant keeping us safe from foreign adversaries. Our government has been battling foreign “adversaries” ever since.  Most of these battles have not been for the protection of its citizens. Most of these battles have been for resources, land, or ideology. It is … Read more Safe Passage

War dehumanizes all participants.  War profits the few but hurts and kills many. War creates homelessness.  War creates refugees.  War kills innocent civilians.  Contrary what we are told, war creates terrorism War (and the preparation for war) robs us from dealing with human needs…education, poverty, homelessness, healthcare, social justice, clean water, healthy food, sustainable economy, … Read more

Ahimsa

Note- I wrote this as part of a discussion in my town on the issue of wearing a mask while walking or running on town trails and sidewalks during the COVID pandemic. I thought I would share with you for your consideration. I’m a regular runner on the trail. You may have seen me out … Read more Ahimsa

NEIGHBORS

The sun rises eyes open the market opens too a worker stocks shelves with corn, tomatoes, and onions preparing for the day a mother makes breakfast her little girl washes her face and dresses for school she eats breakfast while watching cartoons on television  good bye kisses and hugs are shared there is work, school, … Read more NEIGHBORS

GRIEF

I wrote the following letter to a friend whose 30 year old son passed away suddenly early this year. She reached out to me asking for my advice. I thought I would share it with the hope that it may provide some comfort to others as well. My thoughts have been with you often since … Read more GRIEF

Non-Violent Views

The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war. Douglas MacArthur The war… was an unnecessary condition of affairs, and might have been avoided if forbearance and wisdom had been practiced on both sides. Robert E. Lee People never … Read more Non-Violent Views

PEACE & war

There would be less war if…. There would be less war if political and military leaders were required to fight on the front There would be less war if battles weren’t fought in places that are distant from most of us There would be less war if political leaders and the media didn’t demonize or … Read more PEACE & war