Saturday, July 04, 2009

happy independence day

(celery in our garden)

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.

~ Martin Luther King, Jr. ~

I am grateful for the freedoms we experience here. The fact that so many have worked and fought and died and lived in order to protect us and our freedom is certainly worth celebrating and I'm for it.

However, I won't be going to any fireworks this year. Somehow, the whole "rockets red glare" is a bit too war-like for me. I don't like the noise, even though the pyrotechnics are sometimes glorious.

You see, I don't think war is the answer any more. As much as I would like to say I am, I am not a pacifist. How about that? A non-pacifist for peace.

May peace become our path and not just our goal.



3 comments:

Carrie Wilson Link said...

Peace as a path, yes.

Joan said...

AMEN!

graceonline said...

I love coincidence, don't you? Or is it a reinforcing synchronicity that you posted just these thoughts about the way we celebrate the Fourth? Yesterday afternoon, my SO and I decided not to go up to the roof to watch the evening fireworks, for the very reasons you attest here. We get more than enough of the "rockets' red glare" in the tracer missiles and sounds of real wars we see on the nightly news.