Archives for: September 2011

09/09/11

Permalink 05:48:53 pm, by Barry Email , 268 words, 4355 views   English (US)
Categories: Current Events, Inspiration

911 and Love Your Enemies

The 10 year anniversary of 911 brings back alot of memories and emotions.
Just like the massive power outage in SOCAL yesterday, it brought us out into our front yards to talk to our neighbors.

One question that arises is the scriptures that tell us to love our enemies. How does this apply to 911?
Honestly I don't know.
I did not personally lose anyone on 911, so I don't think I am really in a place to comment on this emotionally. Because of that I could easily become philosophical and talk about the necessity to love our enemies. However, if I personally lost someone in 911, I think I would find it a lot more difficult to talk about loving my enemies.

Trying to image bringing this concept to some more reality in my life...
What if someone broke into my house and started to attack my wife and children?
Would I sit idly by an do nothing.
I think I would do everything in my power to stop them.
After such an experience I would also do everything in my power to prevent such an occurrence from happening again. I would hope the police would find the guilty party and put them behind bars where they could not harm anyone else.

I do think I could forgive the person. But I don't think forgiving and loving the guilty party changes the fact that they need to pay for their crime.

I think our war against Al Quaeda is a similar situation. We are trying to prevent future attacks against our country.

So I have no firm answers here...
but only questions.

Permalink 05:26:12 pm, by Barry Email , 121 words, 3614 views   English (US)
Categories: Current Events, My Life

Blackout creates community

The massive blackout in Southern California yesterday helped create community.
No one could watch TV. It was the last day of a heat wave. It was too hot to stay inside.
Neighbors talked to each other in their yards and on their front porches.
They sat on lawns. Enjoyed the cool breeze and watched the stars. Without all the light pollution a lot more stars were visible.
Neighbors checked on each other. Neighbors chatted and reconnected.
So does technology increase our sense of community, or lessen it.
Without technology we seem to naturally connect more with our neighbors that are in physical proximity to us. Internet community is nice, but having community with those you actually live next to is nicer.

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