And thus endeth the sermon for today. Amen and Amen.
I pray that we come to realize this sooner rather than later. More love, more understanding and more compassion will make our world a far better and a far safer place.
We can put our trust in more weapons and larger military budgets in the futile hope of security, but the reality is that until we develop true community we will never have the peace we long for so desperately.
All of us are fearful of losing what we have. Once we realize that letting go of this fear frees us to live more fully and openly we can begin moving toward become more loving and peaceful as individuals and as a society..
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.”