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the most sophisticated weapons award

The ever more sophisticated weapons piling up in the arsenals of the wealthiest and the mightiest can kill the illiterate, the ill, the poor and the hungry, but they cannot kill ignorance, illness, poverty or hunger. -Fidel Castro

The world championship game for the wealthiest and mightiest is in the last quarter and our lead isn’t as great as it once was. There are others who now have a shot at the title.

However, no other country can come close to the “Most and Best Sophisticated Weapons” Award. We win that hands down.

No other nation can even compete. The playing field isn’t level, and we make the rules, so we win. Game over.

The United States puts more money into its military defense budget than the next five countries combined.  We always have enough money for our military and ever more sophisticated weapons.

What is truly sad, and Castro’s right about this, is that all the shiny new weapons in the world cannot make our country right. And even though we still think that might makes right. It never has, and it never will. No gun, no weapon, no matter how sophisticated, can make its wielder moral, just or compassionate.

We still haven’t figured out how to make a weapon sophisticated enough to destroy poverty, to feed our own hungry, or to cure the sick.  And if we ever created a weapon sophisticated enough to target ignorance, well…we might just realize the only award we have actually won is “the Booby Prize.”

absolute faith…and a plan of action

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight that matters most. What really matters is the size of the fight in the dog.”

I do not remember who first said that but I know it’s true. Size and numbers might look impressive on paper, and might be intimidating in the field, but the day is often decided by the size of the fight in the dog rather than the other way around.

I began the revolution with eighty-two men. If I had it to do again, I’d do it with ten or fifteen and absolute faith. It does not matter how small you are if you have faith and a plan of action – Fidel Castro

Jesus told stories of faith powerful enough to move mountains. That’s the kind of faith Castro was talking about, absolute faith. It’s the faith of Daniel in the lions den or David facing down Goliath.

It’s the kind of faith we need to achieve a world without hunger. With absolute faith and a plan of action we can change the world forever.