This week I got into a political discussion with a friend considering Trump because this friend senses that Hillary would be the one of the two most likely to get us in a war. The two of us ended up having a refreshingly open and civil back and forth, and when sharing a Gary Johnson link with him, I let myself go on a little peace rant in my email. I was surprised when he responded so positively and said how it really opened his perspective. When I looked back at what I wrote, I realized I had my peace post for this week:
Even though people might see me as naïve, I’m a strong believer that “there’s no way to peace, peace is the way.” We can’t bring peace to war torn areas by bringing violence; it hasn’t worked and I don’t believe it ever will. On this point, I really love Malala – a far more worthy recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize than Obama. She says we need to help educate, protect, and create opportunities for the kids who grow up to be these terrorists, and I couldn’t agree more. I think we approach the problems with backward thinking, and it’s no wonder we just keep perpetuating the things that we hope to eradicate. The kind of aid that’s really needed is so much cheaper, so much more restorative, and in the end, there actually are so many good souls that are and want to do that work – we could dedicate resources to supporting them instead of the ridiculous amount of money and blood we spend on trying to fight them. Ever heard of “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson? In my humble opinion, he’s such a fantastic example of what real change looks like. I see both Trump and Hillary as the same old tried and failed approach to fighting violence with more violence.