This morning I have been thinking along several different lines, and I hope, as I write this, that it will come together in some coherent whole.
The first thought on my mind this morning was how blessed I am. I was and am thankful.
The second thought came this morning after reading about Gaza, an editorial and a letter to the editor in our morning paper. It seems that agreement will be made between Egypt, France and the U.S. as to border control, to disrupt the smuggling of arms to Hamas. The editorial was commending a letter that was written to the editor. In this letter and the editorial it was contrasting the priorities of meeting a child's request for "a blanket" and some other necessary essentials. But, it suggested that Americans have skewed priorities, as we spend so much on our national security, in light of this child's request. I find it such short-sightedness that one can suggest that the child's need will even be met without freedom. Freedom is of necessity in having a choice, which is mandantory in meeting any request or other need! I am sure the writer and editorial meant well, as this was a valid need and concern for the "little amongst us", but I find it simplistic and simple minded to think that a child's need comes before a properly ordered government!!! This is why much humanitarian aid does not get distributed, so I think it is an absurdity to say that Americans should dissolve their miltary and use the money for humanitarian aid!!!
So, if I had the choice, I would work on/in government, rather than in humanitarian aid!
Arvo Pärt at St. Vladimir’s Seminary
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