Today is the Memorial Day holiday. It is not a holiday I care to participate in.
I am not sure why I have such a deep seeded belief that war in wrong. I remember noticing the belief in the 6th grade living in Vermont during the Vietnam War.
My parents did not believe in that war, but they believed in WWII. I know it is because of their Jewish heritage. I know they believe that war was necessary in order to stop Hitler.
I believe he could have been stopped using nonviolent methods before things got so out of hand.
I believe there is always a way to resolve issues using nonviolent methods.
I believe if others believe it is possible.
I believe because it has always been so does not mean is has to be.
I know we use to live in caves and we no longer do.
I know we use to die from diseases which we no longer do.
I know we use to walk everywhere and we no longer do.
I know we use to communicate directly with one another and we no longer have to.
I know we use to make our own clothing and we no longer do.
I know there are many things we use to do, which we no longer do or have to do.
This is why I do not understand why we cannot open up to the possibility that the people within our world can live as nonviolent beings.
Today, this Monday is a holiday. My Memorial Day will not be about people who died in wars. My Memorial Day will be about the people who lived their lives as examples of nonviolence.