Group Reading

“An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.” ~Gandhi

One – The more we run from conflict All – The more it masters us;
One – The more we try to avoid it, All – The more it controls us;

One – The less we fear conflict,
All – The less it confuses us;
One – The less we deny our differences,
All – The less they divide us. ~ David Augsburger

Quotes & Readings

“North Koreans must be astonished to discover that US leaders never seem to grasp the import of their history-related provocations. Even more infuriating is Washington’s implacable refusal ever to investigate our 72-year history of conflict with the North; all of our media appear to live in an eternal present, with each new crisis treated as sui generis.” ~ Bruce Cumings https://www.thenation.com/article/this-is-whats-really-behind-north-koreas-nuclear- provocations/

“Every conflict we face in life is rich with positive and negative potential. It can be a source of inspiration, enlightenment, learning, transformation, and growth–or rage, fear, shame, entrapment, and resistance. The choice is not up to our opponents, but to us, and our willingness to face and work through them.” ~ Kenneth Cloke and Joan Goldsmith

“The Bush administration immediately undermined the (Clinton accord for North Korea to freeze nuclear arms development), disbanding the international consortium set up to provide the promised light-water reactor, renewing the threat of force, and pressuring banks to freeze North Korea’s hard currency accounts, including proceeds from legitimate foreign trade. North Korea reacted predictably, in their own strange ways. There have been other interactions since. Sigal concludes that North Korea “has been playing tit for tat—reciprocating whenever Washington cooperates and retaliating whenever Washington reneges.” It’s doubtless a horrible place, but the record suggests directions that could be taken to reduce the threat of war. Not military maneuvers and simulated nuclear bombing.” ~ Noam Chomsky

Affirmation

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” ~ Rumi

Seed of Peace

Say together: May peace dwell with our hearts, and understanding in our minds; May courage steel our wills, and love of truth forever guide us.

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