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The Price Of Peace

What I would like to share with you is something very simple but also very difficult: simple things often are. It is an invitation to pay the price for peace. We all know that peace is an exceedingly high good. But for an exceedingly high good we should expect to have to pay an exceedingly high price. I would like to explore with you what the price of peace is, and then to suggest why, in my opinion, the only force in human life that can generate enough energy to pay that price is religion. Obviously, to do this we will have to redefine religion a bit and look at what it is that makes religion religious, because it is by no means automatically religious. In fact, I tend to think it is automatically irreligious unless we do something to make it religious.

The Warrior And The Militarist: A Roundtable Discussion

Gary Snyder, Richard Grossinger, Lindy Hough, Bira Almeida, Richard Strozzi-Heckler, Karin Epperlein, and Martin Inn

Most talk about world peace bores me, and most anti-war activism strikes me as psychologically and historically naive. I’m not sure what’s worse — listening to the generals and politicians defend nuclear weapons or listening to generals and politicians being blamed for them. The roots of human aggression go so much deeper than the current debate suggests, and more mindless slogans are hardly the way to deal with the unconscious myths that have caused us to make war for centuries.

Fiction

Cross Country Snow

Sam saw Hannah turn and beckon to him. He had stopped to watch her slide across the snow the way, years ago, those figures in the Munich Glockenspiel had seemed to slide out and turn so delicately before disappearing behind the face of the big clock. And Hannah always wore, it seemed, just the right colors to bring out that abundant blue of her eyes, the blue of those dancers in the Glockenspiel, of those dresses the Frauleins wore while holding the great steins of beer in all those postcards Sam had bought then . Earlier, as they were strapping on their skis, Sam had looked into Hannah’s eyes, and had felt himself for a second falling into the vastness of that blue.

L'chayam

You want I should tell you about Abie - he should rest in peace. Sixty years I know him. . . . A long time. . . . The things I could tell you. You know the Freiheit? No? Of course not. By you it means nothing. Today, I should tell you, what we stood for means nothing to nobody. But this you don’t want to hear. So, I promise, like they say in the movies, that I will stick to the facts.

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Readers Write

Making Marriage Last

To make marriage last you must put it first. There is implied in the statement, “making marriage last,” a feeling of marathon endurance drudgery; and yet, making it last is very difficult, but it must not be drudgery for it to last. I would feel better if it was put, “making the love in marriage last,” because so often convenience, complacency or fear can make marriage last but without the sustained fire of love.

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Sunbeams

Insofar as man is an animal, he lives by struggle, he lives at the expense of others, whom he fears and hates. Life then is war.

Peace is much harder to define. Peace is neither an original paradisiacal state nor a form of coexistence by mutual consent. Peace is something we do not know; we can only sense and search for it. Peace is an ideal. It is infinitely complex, unstable and fragile — a breath can destroy it. True peace is more difficult and unusual than any other ethical or intellectual achievement.

Hermann Hesse, Reflections On War and Politics

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