Saturday, February 25, 2012
Rick Steves suggested we ought to at least go and visit some of these countries before we drop bombs on them. Sadly too much of our nation's military action has been been based on unfounded speculation and fear. Fear keeps us from getting to know others that look differently than we do or who may be from other political backgrounds or faith traditions.
Fear and negativity also seem to be winning the day in political campaigning. Republican candidates are constantly speaking badly and spreading fear of their fellow Republican candidates and President Obama. Don't really know what they are for, but they certainly seem to be against an awful lot.
We diminish our human potential by living in fear. Following are some quotes relating to this subject and which encourage us to live courageously.
If we let things terrify us, life will not be worth living. - Seneca
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear. - Ambrose Redmoon
For God gave us not a spirit of fearfulness; but of power and love and discipline - 2 Timothy 1:17
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage - Anais Nin
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. - T.S. Elliot