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The Pursuit of Happiness

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“People need foundational truths and structures to orient their lives. But what has happened in our own moment of historical time is an unfolding of events that have shaken us to our foundations without yet resulting in sufficient alternate responses. Two related mega-events, the invention of nuclear weapons and the effects of global climate instability, make the case.

“Once two superpowers in global conflict possessed nuclear weapons, a near-apocalyptic confrontation like the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 became inevitable. Nations like India and Pakistan engage today in a similar kind of game of chicken with no possible good outcome. Fifty years after the Cuban crisis the world still drifts in a kind of trance. The conduct of thousands of years of war between endless numbers of tribes and nations has come up against a fateful contradiction: the impossibility of victory. Life and liberty themselves are now held hostage to an omnicidal destructive power, a power put in place by well-intentioned people to achieve security and extend equal opportunity….”

Author: Winslow Myers, author of “Living Beyond War: A Citizen’s Guide,” serves on the Board of Beyond War
Published in: Cleveland Free Press (at http://www.clevelandfreepress.com/); HuntingtonNews.net (at http://www.huntingtonnews.net/); NewClearVision (at http://www.newclearvision.com/); Carroll County News from Berryville and Eureka, Arkansas
Date: July 11, 12, 15 and 19, 2011

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