Remembrance Day

“How many times must the cannon balls fly

Before they’re forever banned?

 

How many times can a man turn his head

And pretend that he just doesn’t see?

 

How many deaths will it take till he knows

That too many people have died?

 

Where have all the soldiers gone?

Gone to graveyards, everyone.

 

Oh, when will they ever learn?

Oh, when will they ever learn?

Peter, Paul, & Mary”

I took the above lines from four different Peter, Paul, & Mary songs from the ’60’s & are we still asking the question “when will we ever learn?”

“The answer is blowin in the wind”, is that a spiritual metaphor?

What will get us beyond weapons & war?

‘Peace’ of mind, love?

David

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November 18, 2013Permalink Leave a comment

Mammon

Piers Morgan was interviewing Warren Buffett, his son, & grandson recently. A quote from that interview re Warren’s $33bil of Berkshire Hathaway stock: “it doesn’t do me any good so I might as well give it away. I have everything I need.”

The family members referred to the only interview that Warren’s wife, Susan, had ever done:

Susan: “I fell for him despite his money.”

Susan said she was looking for everything but money. She was after a values alignment.

Susan got money, plenty of it, & Warren has decided after working his whole life accumulating it, that it really isn’t of much ‘real’ value.

His son has just written a book, ’40 Chances’, which is all about how to feed a world full of poverty.

These folks seem very down to earth, compassionate, & loving.

‘Ye cannot serve God & Mammon’: This famous verse continues the discussion of wealth, and makes explicit what was implied in Matthew 6:21: a person cannot pursue both material goods and spiritual well being. The two goals are mutually exclusive. Wikipedia

Is God ‘Love’?

Wikipedia again: “God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.” – 1 John, Chapter 4:13

Do the Buffett’s exemplify this love, this spirit?

I didn’t hear them say anything about religion. I didn’t hear any spiritual discourse but it strikes me that they have a serenity about their purpose that would indicate a spirit of giving throughout their family.

Do we need billions to follow suit? Do we need millions?

Is it possible that whatever we have is more than enough to share, if we have the spirit to do so?

What spiritual approach is required? One of compassion, love.

That’s it?

David

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