Heart to Heart 348


This is Memorial Day.  We stop and give honor to those who have given their lives in service to their country.  Our country, mostly run by men, has been at war for 224 years of our 241 years since 1776.  We have turned our warring nature into a massive machine which uses up a large part of the expense to run this country.  This blog is in no way to demean those who have served our country.  I did it, between 1959 and 1963.  I was stationed in Texas and my division of the USAF was deeply involved in the Cuban missile crisis.  The closest the world has ever come to blowing up most of the planet.  Sometimes, it is necessary to defend ourselves against the tyrants of the world, and many men and women volunteered to do so.  However, war should be the last resort.  It is almost always the result of some men whose personalities are given to fighting to resolve differences.  And, so millions of military personnel from all over the world have gone to early graves, when they should not of had to do so.  And today, sadly we remember and cry and pray for our loved ones who bravely served.

All of this has been the result of fear.  When we are in a state of fear, we often take actions that we would not do if we were in a place of love.  Today, I would like to focus on the love.  It may be said that those who gave their lives did it out of love in many cases.  I would like society to find the ways to help young boys be loved in such a way that they do not act out their fear on others.  Yes, masculinity has testosterone and that can be a challenge to harness that energy force.  However, throughout history there have been men who have found their hearts, like Gandhi and Martin Luther King and many others.  Let us find ways for boys and men to discover the beauty of compassion, caring and love.  It is time for our country to memorialize those who have served in peaceful ways as well.  From my hopeful heart to yours, Thomas

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