THE GHOST OF REASON KERBY - Billy Comes To Hur's Mossy Rock, Worries About War Again

By Bob Weaver

One of the first settlers of Hur, long-gone Reason Kerby, returns on certain quarter moon nights to the mossy rock in 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 greed and power, and sometimes in history its religion, but most of the time the have-nots want what the haves have.

You must remember the spoils of war benefits some people, greasing their pocketbooks. Follow the money.

Those religious wars in history seem to be the most dangerous, particularly when the religious wrap a flag around them and declare themselves blessed.

Until there is government that provides separation of church and state in the Middle East, it is all for naught.

Billy: But Uncle Reason, we have lots of folks here in the USA who don't want separation of church and state.

Reason: Christians are good people, but 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, creeds, races and color.

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 some sense, always based on fear, and a secret cause that folks like you and me have to figure out. Those in charge don't always tell the truth.

You could read about a terrible war fought of "the domino effect," and another because of "weapons of mass destruction."

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. I hate to tell you this Billy, but the money-makers and their allies will take the world toward a bitter time.

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 and the planet on which we live.

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 distanced from our better nature, and it gets us in lots of trouble. In America, people are just entertaining themselves to death. Our Experiment in America says that we now have wobbly knees.

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.