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09/13/2006: "Living in Harmony"
Rob, Pagan, and Aaron came over for dinner last night. Aaron came over right after a meeting with the “Juneau People for Peace and Justice” and wanted to talk about what we can do to help end the war in Iraq…or at least to get US troops home.
I realize I don’t get political here very often; I made a conscious decision to not go in that direction. When I’m working on a show (which is most of the time) I write almost exclusively about my artistic process and when I’m not (like now) I find myself writing about everything else…sometimes the dreaded “how I spent my day” because when I’m painting, that *is* how I spent my day, and when I’m not…is when everything else happens.
Gandhi said that "Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony” and it really struck a chord with me. What I think and say are in harmony, but sometimes not what I *do*. One thing that we can all do (regardless of our own personal stance on the Iraq war) is to talk about it. There *is* a war going on, and Coalition and Iraqi soldiers and civilians are dying every day.
There was an Iraqi aid worker who visited our campus last week who said something to the effect of “we didn’t ask you to come into our country, and the fighting will never stop as long as you’re there”. And yes, the sectarian violence could and probably will get worse after we leave, but it’s their country they need to figure it out…which they’ve managed for thousands of years all on their own….I mean, we still need to pay them reparations to rebuild but let them take over…right now, ASAP.
Anyway, I know this is a very simplistic way of looking at the issue. I’ve read many books and articles on the topic, watched tons of news shows etc. but despite all the horrible things that could happen after a US withdrawal, I honestly believe that’s what we need to do.
Anyway, for me, this isn’t (or shouldn’t be) a partisan issue…it’s a human issue. Something all of us, Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike (not to be US-centric), are affected by. And for the record, I plan to do as much as possible to that end. If that means alienating a few readers here at home, well, I hope that’s not the case.
BTW, my little dinner party lasted until after 1:00am and I had a wonderful time despite the fact that my first attempt at home cooked lasagna was a big disappointment!