Who are we and where are we going?

The United States has been involved in conflicts since it’s beginning. Some of them were unavoidable. How often have we given lip service to the idea we first seek peace? Oh sure, we talk a good game but whenever a country doesn’t align itself with us, what path do we ultimately choose?

Is this what we desire?

World War II has become our national touchstone, our oft cited Rubicon to excuse newer conflicts. Our public message, “We’re the good guys”, “We only want peace and democracy”.

How do you find peace when our go to tool most often used is either the military or surrogates in conflict? Are we really that close to primates in which our brain through historical perspective can’t understand the folly in the path we so often choose?

I let those with greater minds than I speak.

Martin Luther King leaning on a lectern. Deuts...
Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
 – Martin Luther King, Jr.

That old law about “an eye for an eye” leaves everybody blind.
 – Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.
 – Moshe Dayan

Peace is more precious than a piece of land.
 – Anwar Sadat

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good tidings, who publishes peace.
 – Isaiah 52:7

There never was a good war or a bad peace.
Benjamin Franklin

Every kind of peaceful cooperation among men is primarily based on mutual trust and only secondarily on institutions such as courts of justice and police.
Albert Einstein

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