This year sickness kept us out of the Women’s March, so we resolved to express our sentiments regardless. Sad to say, It seems little has happened since last year’s March. The wars begun under several previous administrations continue, fed in part by our divided government, fossil fuel business, arms sales, and drone warfare. Even NPR seems to go easy on the biggest issues. Why scare myself by believing all the news I hear?
I’m learning more from the Quaker Reader, compiled in 1962 by Jessamyn West. It shows how the powerful countries’ quest for world domination has gotten them ever deeper into trouble over the last 400 years. And, that warning is even more relevant today! Fortunately, the readings propose an answer: citizens should pressure their governments not to wage war or even prepare for it.
I’m learning how to make war unnecessary from reading back issues of YES! Magazine, with its many examples of local folks using local resources. We’re already seeing that some states and local governments can move fast enough to do this, while the feds can’t — yet. Will local action be enough? I don’t know. But I do know that continuing the international resource grab and recklessly using up the world’s fossil fuels will not make anyone safer.
Citizens, get wise! “Making America great again” is the shallowest of goals! A better goal might be “Make America a great World Citizen.”