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10. And the 2nd is a reflection of our history
Mon Dec 17, 2012, 08:50 PM
Dec 2012

And much of it a very violent history. If we are to move forward from this point, we have to both acknowledge that we have this past, and that we no longer want it. We have to choose to become the peaceful culture we tend to believe that we are. But we can't get there by denying our past or trying to have it both ways. We either believe that violence is a solution to problems, or we reject that and begin to choose solutions that eschew violence.

It would seem that this is an incredible opportunity. We are getting ready to celebrate the birth of a savior who came without sword or army. We have just built a memorial to a man who preached nonviolence, and gave his life in its service. Surely, with these and other examples we can find a society we'd prefer to be, and to move towards it.

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