Today is Veterans Day in the United States. Many of us have ourselves or have family members that for one reason or another have served in military capacities.
Maybe today is a good day to reflect not only on those that have fought and sacrificed but also a renewed context to think about what we have fought for and where this is to go.
Originally, the 11th day of the 11th month was known as Armistice Day. The original Congressional Resolution said “this date should be commemorated with…excercises designed to perpetuate peace…” Today, we will see images and messages commemorating flag waving patriotism and young weaponized people in full combat dress embracing engagements of violence and conflict. Today we may not be able to think much about peace.
No question, the struggle for human survival has entered an intensified stage. Today’s metastasizing wars continue to exploit economic domination strategies that engulf literally every human, every ecosystem, every space.
The horrors of war are very real. Can we find ways to stop depleting the earth? Can we stop just harvesting it to complete depletion? Can we work on in nurturing nature? Human warring against the earth or for parts of the earth is not a winning strategy. Not for humans anyway.
Today, on the 11th Day of the 11 Month we share two resources with you. They both motivate us to think of peaceful solutions.
From Common Dreams, an excerpt from Randall Amster’s excellent new book about re-imagining what is possible in this age of conflict and crisis, driven by the increasing scarcity of natural resources. Read it here: Peace Ecology: Deep Solutions in an Age of Water Scarcity and War.”
And, a video message created over a decade ago by some people that are no longer with us. The message, which is thousands of years old, will resonate for as long as there are people to listen to it.
Created by Anders Fredblad in 2008 and includes narration by Red Crow Westerman and Oren Lyons.