Thinking of the Bible verse about beating swords into plowshares. Kind of violent, all that beating and forging. The swords don’t convert themselves, have to be put through the fire and re-formed.
Peace doesn’t make itself. It’s constructed, maintained, reinforced by action and sacrifice.
Every war is the one that will bring peace. The Department of War was changed to the Department of Defense. The principle of defense of self and the innocent sends our people all over the world for reasons and causes we did not embrace.
Violence is woven into every act of inequality, every injustice, every hateful thought and word.
Peace is woven into every act of cooperation, fairness, unselfishness, construction, art, generosity.
On this Veteran’s Day we honor all those who fight, and their families who sacrifice, and all on the front lines of war. May peace prevail, may this suffering not be in vain.
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