Resolution over conflict is no utopian fantasy, Calm the feverish pain of thundering rage, Gluttony for land, for oil, spilling the uranium page, leaving toxic shattered wounded beaches. You are wrong. Healing is the most manly courage, not the pillage of a culture or a village. I did not choose it, nor did the children in Syria. No history is glorious when toppling tyrants, pushing insanity on others because of a shameful personal demon that must be dominated. Men and women could be deployed to rebuild, creating beauty with the will to teach and protect.
US Army, Okinawa
Journal prompt: write freely about your thoughts on war. Do you feel war is imperative? What are your views on religious wars? Are you a veteran? What have your experiences been?
Discussion: I’ve written previously about my father’s war service on Okinawa. I’m working on a longer piece about his friendships with the Okinawan artists, dear friends who taught him about Buddhism and about their culture. They also taught him painting techniques. Dad passed on his love of painting to me, and my son is a professional house painter with an eye for detail. I work with the expressive arts as a healing modality with people of all ages. Art, dance, music, writing, and poetry…and sports…. can be a medium for conflict resolution and spiritual development. Wouldn’t the world be a happier place if we all did more art?
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