Thursday, May 23, 2013

Read Elsewhere: Benediction

"What if we said to our enemies: We are the most powerful nation on earth. We can destroy you. We can kill your children. We can make ruins of your cities and villages and when we're finished you won't even know how to look for the places where they used to be. We have the power to take away your water and to scorch your earth, to rob you of the very fundamentals of life. We can change the actual day into actual night. We can do all of these things to you. And more.

But what if we say, Listen: Instead of any of these, we are going to give willingly and generously to you. We are going to spend the great American national treasure and the will and the human lives that we would have spent on destruction, and instead we are going to turn them all toward creation. We'll mend your roads and highways, expand your schools, modernize your wells and water supplies, save your ancient artifacts and art and culture, preserve your temples and mosques. In fact, we are going to love you. And again we say, no matter what has gone before, no matter what you've done: We are going to love you. We have set our hearts to it."

1 comment:

  1. Your taxes would go up and they'd still want to kill you because you don't believe what they believe. Sad, but true.

    I've read your blog off and on for a number of years. I finally just linked it to my own so I could click over whenever. I'm a former Grand Rapidian relegated to a desert-dwelling life...for now.

    Enjoy reading. It's often very thought provoking.