I sat on the plane writing this thought:
How many of us live in a safe haven? Our protective
shell, our home in a nutshell. Peace and safety surrounding our being.
How does this cave of modern times differ from the time of bears breaking
into our cabin and confronting us? We still deal with earthquakes, rains
and tides but our relative safety is quite good. How did we ever get to
this place of comfort where the local government does not pry into our
being? We hear about the rampage but the flooded waters move elsewhere.
As the plane landed a strange site appeared in
my view. People were standing like statues looking like an abstract painting
in orange. Some stood on bandanas, some on rifles. They were scattered
about like droppings from a plane.
So what is going on I ask? Someone handed me
a folded paper with writing on it. The paper said,
"Orders from a higher authority:
You can go to work and slay beef, fowl or pork.
Not to many folks say what you do is evil. You provide a service for the
folks in your neighborhood. You can on occasion just decide you have had
enough and call work and say, " I won't be in today." You take the day
off and enjoy what life gives you. You made a decision, a simple decision.
The folks in Palestine and Israel can lay their
weapons down on the ground and stand on them at attention. They can contemplate
peace. They can stand thirty soldiers deep. They can stand and think and
do nothing but fight for peace in their solitude. They can stand erect
until every muscle in there body aches for peace. They can let every killing
emotion pass through their system of thought. They can stand still until
peace comes over their bodies. Some will want to strangle the veined throat
of their neighbor but they must stand still for peace. This is a very painful
process as they look down at their killing weapons. They must follow orders
they are now soldiers for peace. They must stand still for peace."
The sun was hot. Heat wavered over the red earth.
The shine of wet skin could be seen for miles. Our higher authority had
given the order. The earth looked like hell. For as far as you could see
they had come, so there they stood. Most were in agony. The physical and
mental adjustments were excruciating. Bodies were shaking internally. They
were ordered to stand still and at attention, so they stood. Acres of aches
stood still. Emotion reverberated in their minds but they had orders. They
would stand until they got it right.
A lifetime of hate was being forced to the surface.
He was ordered to stand still. He was told that peace would come. He was
wired like steel. He had the strength to endure this pain and he would.
He was ordered to do so. He stood like a statue, with his weapon or bandana
under his feet.
Peace and Goodwill Prevail.
These orders came from a higher authority.
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