The Primary Question of Our Time
Prophetic voices secular and religious are warning us that humanity is entering into the opening stages of WWIII.
If we stay on this present course, futurists predict rapid and radically negative and downward trends in the quality of life on this planet beyond 2050.
Given all the war and more war on the evening news, drones on others today and drones on us tomorrow, it appears the only thing a large majority of humanity agrees upon is that it embraces the Age of Terror, some with great eagerness as war is their way.
If this were a living human being, we would hurry it into the emergency room and work feverishly to save it from its suicidal behavior. The patient needs shock treatment. With all these signs of impending catastrophe, does it not make sense to call humanity to the global peace table?
In theory, yes, but how shall we make a reality of this common hope of humanity building the age of peace? How shall we make the argument for peace strong and believable? How can we enable humanity to trust peace? It is easy to make war sexy, but it is much harder to do so for justice. Justice the answer to war.
Avoiding WWIII requires setting the stage for large-scale action that can change the story we are telling ourselves about ourselves about war and peace.
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Will President Obama do these things. Yes, if he can feel the winds of peace strongly at this back.
JanStephen James Cavanaugh was born in 1943 in Canada, the oldest of eight raised to run the family farms, but a dream changed all that and in 1964 he expatriated to the United States of America to study for Roman Catholic priesthood. Not (more...)