While this day evokes memories of fear, sadness, loss, hate and even love, we have to remember that American lives are not more or less valuable than the millions of lives lost each year in senseless war on terror whether real or imagined. A life lost is a life lost. We have to meditate on what it means to be a human being, what it means to live in peace and what it means to be just.
In this modern age, do we need to revert to archaic methods of resolving problems? Couldn’t we talk more and bomb less. Think about the children who are maimed whose lives are cut short even before they begin, think of the misery some peoples lives are because we in the West demand more of the resources in the world to maintain our highfalutin lifestyles.
It is all these things that cause war to happen. When people believe they have no choice, that their lives are not worth anything alive but more dead, that’s a dangerous place to be.
When there is dire poverty amidst ostentatious wealth, the poor feels even poorer and they can terrorize us even in our own backyard. This is the result of injustice.
We have to make this world a better place for everyone. We have to eliminate poverty. Everyone should have a home, basic health-care and enough food to eat. The world can afford it. It is our greed that’s keeping others poor while we feed off the fat.
Let us use this memorial day as a starting point to think of those less fortunate than ourselves and be willing to share the earth’s resources with everyone fairly. With justice come peace and with peace come happiness for all.