|By Bob Weaver |
One of the first settlers of Hur, long-gone Reason Kerby, returns on certain
quarter moon nights to the mossy rock on Salvation Hollow to meet with
innocent Billy Braveheart, who is worried about the US going to war again.
Billy: Uncle Reason, why do we keep fighting wars and killing lots of people
who don't deserve it?
Uncle Reason: There are many reasons, but they're usually motivated by
money and greed, the have-nots wanting what the haves have, although some
of them seem to be fought over religious beliefs, the one true path to God.
Those wars seem to be the most dangerous over time, particularly when the religious wrap a flag around them and declare themselves blessed.
Until there is government that provides seperation of church and state in the Middle East, it is all for naught.
Billy: Yes, Uncle Reason, but we have lots of folks here in the USA who don't want seperation of church and state. We're Christians.
Reason: They should study history a little more to see how religious states end up. The great American experiment was to allow a coming together of diverse religious beliefs and creeds.
Billy: But you would think we could become enlightened or educated against
killing each other.
Uncle Reason: Sometimes wars are fought for two reasons. One that is given
and usually makes sense and a secret cause that folks like you and me have to
figure out. Those in charge rarely tell the truth.
Billy: How do you figure it out?
Uncle Reason: Usually it takes a generation or so to reflect and come closer
to the truth.
After long suffering, people sorta begin to see some truth.
Billy: Will we ever learn how not to go to war?
Uncle Reason: I am told most of the world learned how after the "Year of the
Purple Death," but they don't like for me to pass information on about future
events to earthlings.
I'll give you a clue. It wasn't paying attention to our environment.
Billy: I can't sleep for worrying about this Uncle Reason. Could you just tell
me a little?
Uncle Reason: I won't tell you about the "Purple Death" or just when it
happened, but I will tell you about the Council for Peace that came after.
Over 200 countries joined together and signed a ten-point "Covenant of
Life" to protect the human race from self-destruction.
Conflicts were taken to the Council to be resolved, using binding agreements
which had severe consequences. For years afterward, the killing fields
of war went away.
Children around the world carried the Covenant on them. It was accepted by
all the world's major religions, philosophers, educators and political leaders.
Children were taught about the Covenant and its proclamation for peace,
starting in kindergarten. It was recited at every public meeting, dinner table
and sporting event.
For a while it was even a hot topic on TV talk shows, but a lot of the talking heads seemed to like the idea of war, along with their political friends.
Most communities and churches had a "Peace Retreat" once a year,
reaffirming human life and dignity, and the respect we should have for one another.
Billy: Why can't we do that now?
Uncle Reason: The human race is slow to learn, Billy. It usually takes
hundreds of years, maybe thousands.
We are shortly distanced from our
instinctual nature, and it gets us in lots of trouble.
The Big Guy understands
that, and He is very patient.
Well the moon is beginning to fade Billy. I'll have to leave for now.
Billy: Thanks, Uncle Reason. Please remember me. I'll be here at the mossy
rock and we'll talk again.