...we have not learned to think of peace apart from war. We have received many teachings about peace and peaceability in biblical and other religious traditions, but we have marginalized these teachings, have made them abnormal, in deference to the great norm of violence and conflict. We wait, still, until we face terrifying dangers and the necessity to choose among bad alternatives, and then we think again of peace, and again we fight a war to secure it.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Getting off the subway a block or two from Ground Zero this morning, I kept thinking of these words from this Wendell Berry essay: