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What the World Needs Now


What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love
No, not just for some but for everyone

As it says over on the right side of my blog …
 
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
Put it differently …
 
Astronauts, when they first see the Earth from space, tend to share a complicated, but common, reaction: a sense of wonder. Mixed with a sense of peace. Mixed with a sense of appreciation of all that we share by virtue of sharing a planet.
 
That quote is from a piece that appeared at theatlantic.com.  The piece includes a photo taken from the International Space Station as it orbited above Israel and the Gaza Strip.  The astronauts can see flashes of light signifying the explosions.  The astronaut who took the picture described it as “the saddest picture yet.”  Maybe what the world needs is a different perspective.
 
What the world needs is a Martin Luther King, Jr., moment.  What the Middle East needs is somebody who can and will rise above the hate and the history and stop pointing fingers and preach the value of love.  Of forgiveness.  It seems to have been lost in so many ways in the conflicts raging throughout the Middle East.  Problem is there doesn’t appear to be any capacity for such a figure to rise.
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5 responses to “What the World Needs Now

  1. sknicholls July 25, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    We can bomb the world to pieces but we cannot bomb it to peace.

  2. sknicholls July 25, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Many people disrespected Jimmy Carter. But he was a peace seeker. Did you know he had Osama Bin Laden in jail and Reagan let him out? He was in the militant fundamentalist army group that killed Anwar Sadat. I know we don’t live there but so many don’t understand the impact of what is going on in the Middle East and its potential effect on our future. It may not have a direct impact on my life in my generation, but certainly future generations.

    • kingmidget July 25, 2014 at 7:57 pm

      Jimmy Carter is one of the finest men to ever serve our country. And he is villified by so many. I didn’t know he had OBL in prison.

      Yes, the disputes that rage in the Middle East will affect everybody on this planet for decades to come.

      • sknicholls July 25, 2014 at 8:00 pm

        He used to work with my former father-in-law in the Federal Building and they did many habitat for humanity projects together. The man sat on the tailgate of our truck shucking corn and talking politics. He is a good man.

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