Yes, dear friends, in the familiar words of Martin Luther King Jr. "I have a dream." My dream is that somewhere out there someone will emerge with the vision of a world living in harmony rather than always being at war. I have a dream that some young man or woman will come out of the woodwork who will have the creativity and imagination to see that the only way for our world to survive is to live in peace. I am ninety years old and have had this dream for many years but I have always been rebutted with the argument that peace will not come until Jesus returns. But I still have my dream.

I believe that the time has come for the people who do the killing to declare how they stand on the question of violence, not the polititians. Everyone who knows me already knows that I oppose all wars, all preparation for war, all uses of weapons and coercion by force, and all military alliances; there is absolutely no end that could ever justify such means in my system of values.

I am a Quaker and Friends have always maintained this testimony to the world for over three centuries. I know that there are many who will argue that we are living in a different world. But that has always been the argument. There have always been excuses for war. But the God that I worship certainly didn’t encourage the use of force when he was here on earth in human form. Jesus admonished his followers to love God and our neighbors. He said to turn the other cheek to those who would smite you and to love your enemies.

And there is another reason for my holding this position. Friends have always maintained that there is that of God in every one which makes each person too precious to damage or destroy. As long as someone lives we believe that there is the hope of reaching that of God within them. So that also motivates my desire to search for a non-violent resolution of conflict.

Again in the words of Martin Luther King Jr. "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’" Yes I have a dream that one day someone will rise up and take Jesus words seriously and proclaim, "It is high time that we live together in peace or we will all perish together." Surely there is someone somewhere with enough imagination and creative ability to carry out such a plan.

Yes dear friends that is my dream!

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Comment by Eyal Raviv on April 23, 2008 at 7:43am
The dream is beautiful. Let's make it happen.
Comment by Earl Prignitz on April 22, 2008 at 6:28pm
Way to go, Donna....

Peace, Earl
Comment by Earl Prignitz on April 22, 2008 at 6:25pm
Thanks, Jane and Paul for your encouragement.
Yes, let's all dream and maybe it will happen.

Peace, Earl
Comment by Paul RETI on April 22, 2008 at 6:06pm
I too have that dream, Earl. :-) And some (though not all) of my other dreams have come true.

So maybe. Just maybe...
Comment by Jane Young on April 22, 2008 at 6:02pm
What a wonderful dream it is Earl ~ and I believe that many hold it too - they just have no idea how to get there.

I have just recently read 'The Isaah Effect' by Greg Braden which holds some really beautiful ideas on how peace may be achieved. I feel it has to begin within each individual - holding peace in the heart and extending that outwards - with no judgment - to every person we come into contact with. It is all too easy to judge when we see something with which we don't agree or are faced with a situation that gives us discomfort and grief. Moving beyond that to a place of peace/no judgement/balance will begin the process where miracles can happen. We spend so much time wondering 'how' peace can happen. Holding the intention that it can happen is far more important - the universe/God/call it what you will is quite capable of taking care of the 'hows'.

Keep holding your wonderful dream in your heart as I do mine. It can happen - and will if enough of us hold the vision.

Abundant blessings and cosmic hugs
Jane :)


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