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Isn't Peace Worth It?

Updated on March 3, 2012

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A Shift in Perspective

Much of the subject matter about which I choose to write confirms a value I hold dear to my heart. I was raised to appreciate the sanctity of life. Now, I know much has changed about living in the last 60 years, but I hold out hope that living a long, enriched, abundant and fruitful life will remain a mainstay of the human culture.

Over the past 15 years I've grown to become apolitical, though as a young man I was inundated with conditioned and practiced viewpoints because of family political ties. Like so many of my friends, I followed the family and cultural lines of thinking. I was a teenager growing up in the Vietnam War era, seeing and hearing many of the stories that emerged to shape my generation and those that followed. Though I have practiced since then to stay in the present, the memories of that time, as well as those of my subsequent military service, have remained to help guide my perspective.

As time passed and my own life experiences replaced and reshaped my viewpoints and opinions I began to sense an erosion of the value of life. I know I'm not alone here, and that sometimes makes it even more scary. Are we so comfortable with violence that we will continue to send our young men and women into harms way, to watch from the sidelines, so to speak, for virtually any reason? I know I don't possess the power to change anyone's mind, nor do I want that power, but I can change mine! I have come to the conclusion that I can longer support a position of procuring peace by participating in war or condoning violence of any kind.

A Little Help From My Friends

A friend of mine posted the You Tube clip "Remember Me" below on Facebook and indicated that her step-son's military funeral was a part of that video. The intent of the video was to honor our service men and women. Almost immediately, it touched the depths of my heart and seemed to quicken all that I had seen, heard, learned and felt over the years. As I looked into the faces of those who had lost loved ones, whose lives were inextricably changed for ever, I felt that somehow, in my former political "peace at all costs" ideology, I had contributed to their suffering.

I realize that no one consciously believes anger, violence or war is pleasant but, when I view the effects on our families, on our soldiers and on our nation's spirit as a whole, I question the price we are paying. We may gain peace, if we can call it that, but we are offering up the greatest and most precious resources we have...our young men and women, their lives, their limbs and their blood.

I have watched my own step son and the families of some of his closest friends be tormented by the grief pressed upon them by their service to our country. I have imagined the loneliness of not knowing what to say to a father, mother, sister, brother who has lost a loved one for the sake of duty. And I have tried to help young men returning from the throws of war with the internal scars that only they can know and we can only experience through the pain they can share. Sometimes, it is almost too much to bare, for them and for me.

A Silver Lining - Something You Can Do

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Honoring America's Finest

After viewing this video I realized that there was something I could do, right now, to help heal those who are hurt by the current state of our world and I'm doing it here. I am asking each of my friends and family to reach out to our children and love them. I am asking my friends and family not to take each other for granted and to recognize the irreplaceable value of each life on this planet. I am asking my friends and family to envision a world where our young people are raised to know and appreciate each other so much that taking a life would be too repugnant to consider. I am asking my friends and family to love and nurture every human being with whom they come into contact regardless of their positions, politics or cultural views. But, most of all, I am asking my friends, family and the world to honor those who have already given all of themselves by intending that not one more will be lost, that not one more family will have to suffer the heartbreak that their son, daughter, father, mother, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, friend, fiance or even foe will not be returning home because we couldn't find a way to agree on an alternative.

Please, honor our fallen and support our returning soldiers with a decision to love beyond our capacity, whenever and wherever possible, so we can spend more of our moments joyfully with them and less of our moments in sorrow without them! Please think it is possible! Please?

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      Gary Eby 5 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon

      Yes to overcoming violence, hate, and prejudice. I think there is a war going on inside of us between the negative and the positive. I stand with you today to rebuke allthat justifies killing, harm to self, and others. Oh, thanks for following me. Hope you will take a little time to look at "What I Know." Peace and Light...Gary.

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      RVDaniels 5 years ago from Athens, GA

      Good hub. It is truly sad that strength is the price of peace. There are many in this world who are willing to fight and kill but lack the courage and honor that sets our warriors above the rest.

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 5 years ago from Asheville NC

      Thanks, Ronnie, for your input. Somehow, I feel there's something more to learn about your comment and I would truly like to know what it is.

      I served as an MP in Panama back in the 70's and since then I have adopted the idea that it is so easy to pull the trigger but true courage in knowing when to hold your fire till you know the consequence of a spent bullet!

      The mind may be a terrible thing to waste but it is only a portion of the heart and soul of a human being and a life is an inexcusable thing to waste!

      Stay in touch!

      Bruce

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      Moira Garcia Gallaga 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Beautiful hub Born2care2001, very touching. There is so much violence in the world, but we should never lose hope in attaining peace. We can do our part by inculcating proper values in our children. The second paragraph of your comment about true courage is very familiar to me, my husband expressed it in the same context that you did. He used to be an army officer in our Armed Forces before becoming a diplomat.

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 5 years ago from Asheville NC

      Thank you so much for your thoughtful and encouraging comments. Coming from an accomplished individual makes it all the more important to me. Thank you, to you and to your husband for serving our global population in a way that is often difficult because of the demands that are put upon you. I am indeed grateful, as I am to every human being committed to making this a kinder planet on which to live!

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      KDee411 5 years ago from Bay Area, California

      Very good

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 5 years ago from Asheville NC

      Thank You Kdee!

      I hope all is well with you!

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