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Love is at the Heart of Courage

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L'amour est au coeur de courage (Love is at the Heart of Courage).

We dedicate ourselves to the idea that it is time to end the fear instilled by all of the terrorists, internal and external, around the world: from the Daesh cowards who killed over one hundred people in Paris last month, and fourteen more in San Bernardino a fortnight ago; to the corporate monsters who hold fear of our losing our jobs over our heads to drive wages down and force their wills upon our governments; to the politicians who use fear as a club to keep us in our place and the police who brutalize us because of the color of our skins, our place of origin, our economic class, or simply because the police officer is bored; to the religious bigots in the United States who shoot physicians because they provide abortions, and their kindred spirits around the world who believe that murder, rape, and destruction of centuries old, cultural treasures are justified as being the will of their so-called god, in contravention of their own holy books, and for their own expedient purposes.

The time for the use of fear against the peoples of this planet to force them to acquiesce to your point of view is over. We the People of planet Earth, as of this hour, declare Love on you.

We will resist your attempts to force us to live in fear of you: passively when we can, actively if we must. We will not hate you, we will not fear you, because that gives you power: we as of this moment deny you all power over us. We are tired of your ideology of denial and privation, of haves and have nots, that is contrary to virtually every religious and moral philosophy that has survived the test of time. We declare our universal solidarity with all of humankind. We join with the Roman playwright Terrence (Publics' Terentius Afer, c. 195-159 B.C.) in stating, "Homo Sum: Humani nil alienum a me puto; I am a human being: I consider nothing that pertains to human beings to be alien to myself..." (Chremes, The Self-Avenger [Heauton timorumenos], Act 1, Scene 1). Understand that you will lose this war, because exposed to the light of truth and love, you will wither away like the malignant abominations you are--unworthy of fear, let alone the respect you crave.

This is our time, our place, and our cause: to finally free the world from the fear that has so long held it in thrall, to rise up against our tormentors and as one voice say a resounding, and unequivocal, "NO!" We will throw out the politicians who speak of fear, and embrace those who speak of boldly going into the future, not trying to rediscover a past that only existed in their self-delusion.

Love arises from real courage; courage arises from real love. Embrace this fact with us, and let's walk into the future together, unafraid because we are no longer alone. Join us as human beings who finally, as of this instant in time, realize that we have each other, and we have one another's' love and courage to back us in this, our righteous cause: the ending of fear of power-hungry individuals and groups as our first step in establishing what will be a universal community of mutual Love, Respect, and Solidarity in the world. And from these Virtues will arise the Charity, Humility, and Mercy that will usher in an era of Liberty, Equality, and Justice for all.

And if we can remember and live that ideal, then that is all we need to succeed beyond our wildest dreams.

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Richard Girard is a polymath and autodidact whose greatest desire in life is to be his generations' Thomas Paine. He is an FDR Democrat, which probably puts him with U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders in the current political spectrum. His answer to (more...)

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