Peace Journal

This web log is written by Jefferson Glassie, author of Peace and Forgiveness, published by Peace Evolutions, LLC.

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My letter to the President

Mr. President:

I want to demonstrate my support for the United States Government and I believe the popular opposition to taxes is selfish. We have to support one another, because we're all in this together.

So, even though my wife Julie and I already paid over $100,000 in federal and state taxes for 2009 - and Julie is currently unemployed and starting up a new business, and my firm is paying less these days - I want to contribute an additional amount to the United States Government above what we owe in taxes.

Why Can’t Everyday Be Like Sunday?

I wake up Sundays and read the paper with coffee on the front porch. Two cups. Then, I go for a bike ride. The traffic is not frenetic; people actually wave when I go by. They let the other guy go first.

Saturday is about the same. We go for a run on the Canal. I stare up at the trees and the sky and think how unbelievable it is to even be alive. I’m amazed that there’s an earth, sun, and moon. I’m amazed there are birds, dogs, bees, flowers, or anything I see.

There is a peace about Sundays, and the weekend. Everyone is just doing. Everyone is nice (mostly).

Refusing to let go of 9/11 keeps fear alive

I know that our country suffered a serious and hateful attack on 9/11/01. It was awful. I am sorry for the loss of life. I’m also sorry for the loss of life in the Middle East, Somalia, and wherever people are killing other people. It makes no sense. It is insane what humans do to one another. Completely insane. When one considers that this may be our only chance at life, and what a gorgeous planet earth we have, suicide bombers, murderers, and all those who kill for whatever reason keep us from peace.

But wallowing in self-pity is not helpful.

Team CEO Corporate America is Haynesworthing

Did any of you see this at HuffPo: At the Aspen Institute, big corporate CEO’s were slamming the President and variously comparing him and the Government to Hitler, Mussolini, Marxism, socialism, etc. So, I’m thinking, how would you describe what they’re doing in simple terms?

Basically, here are the captains of industry and leaders of the free world economy (who make literally millions each year personally) griping, moaning, and complaining about the Government’s failure to create jobs.

The Bible and the Koran both say “Kill the Nonbelievers”

I heard a news story the other day about the mosque issue (should one be built in New York, Tennessee, etc.) and a guy was saying something like “Christianity is all about love and turning the other cheek, and Islam calls on Muslims to kill the infidels.” Well, the latter part of what he’s saying is true. I have not read the Koran, but in his book The End of Faith, Sam Harris says there’s no choice ultimately for Muslims if they actually want to live by the Koran; they must believe that everyone who’s not a believer in the Islamic god Allah should be killed or damned forever.

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