Thursday, September 5, 2019

#248 / No Exceptions? How Utopian Is That?

In November 2019, the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) is holding its annual meeting in Washington, D.C. If you would like to learn more, or sign up to attend, you should click this link. "This year," say the organizers, those in attendance will "lobby our government to end its strategy of endless war."

Wow! That sounds pretty utopian!

Utopian or not - and I definitely do have a soft spot for utopian thinking - it is undeniably true, as the conference organizers point out, that "nearly two decades of war hasn’t brought more peace."

Since that is true, let's reverse the polarity of one of John Lennon's favorite sayings and consider what that can tell us. We have, clearly, "given war a chance." It's time to try another approach.

The prescription to "Love Thy Neighbor (No Exceptions)," which is definitely a different approach, isn't really "utopian," the way I see it. It is actually pragmatic advice designed to help achieve human survival.

Human survival is in question. Can we make the changes we need to make? You can call it "utopian" if you want to, but I don't think we have much choice.

If we don't change our game plan, it's "game over."

You don't have to be a Quaker to go to the FCNL Annual Conference. If you want to try to change the world this November, you can sign up right here.

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