Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
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War and Peace -

In Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, he concludes that there are forces that carry mankind, so that Napoleon marching into Russia had to do with more than him. He mobilized the force of a group of people and in he and they went and when they met the force of the Russian people and there was a shift, away he and they went. Of course, the majority of them died in the process, but the energy for war, the fight, the need to conquer and subdue, was gone.

Perhaps it has to do with Newton's third law of physics, "To every reaction, there is an equal and opposite reaction."
Of course, now, we've expanded our view of the world with Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle where the perceiver influences what they see and a particle is described as a wave. I simplify, and yet, I think this position of people mobilizing as a force, as a mass, of reaching a "Tipping Point," as Malcolm Gladwell writes and speaks of it is what we may be seeing today.

From what I read the vast majority of the American people want a universal health care system and they want us out of Afghanistan. Daily, more people in this country are without health care. We see no reason to be in Afghanistan, nothing to be "won," defended against or gained. I think it is time for the American people to tip the point away from marching into and around other countries to caring for the people here.

We need to focus on quality of life and that does not mean exorbitant paychecks for a few. It means jobs, education, health care, well-maintained transportation systems and roads, parks, clean water and air. I think priorities are becoming ever more clear and that the majority of the American people do see that we can no longer play the ostrich game. It is time to unite with the world with hands that are open and empty, no longer carrying weapons, manipulation, and foreign policy focused "our way."

Orville Schell in his op-ed article, The Thaw at the Roof of the World writes this:

Because of climate change, the roughly 1.7-mile-long Baishui Glacier No. 1 could well be one of the first major glacial systems on the Tibetan Plateau to disappear after thousands of years. The glacier, situated above the honky-tonk town of Lijiang in southwest China, has receded 830 feet over the last two decades and appears to be wasting away at an ever more rapid rate each year. It is the southernmost glacier on the plateau, so its decline is an early warning of what may ultimately befall the approximately 18,000 higher-altitude glaciers in the Greater Himalayas as the planet continues to warm.

He goes on about the damage that will ensue. We cannot hide or close our eyes. We share a planet and the lifeboat needs attention and help and that requires each of us to be well nourished and cared for so that we have the energy to focus on change that matters.

The domestic abuse programs in CA and other states are closing. This, at a time, when domestic abuse may be rising, because of lack of jobs and fear. This is not health or care. It affects our children.


I place these words from the Declaration of Independence here. I believe in peace and there is a place to make sure that our government remembers who pays their salary, and provides their health care, and who supports their right to lead.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

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