Letter to Mike and Scott on 980 Radio
Thank you for giving me and other Kansas City Citizens a forum to give our two cents. I especially give thanks to your abilities to try to put things in a rational framework that allows people to see the different points of the views expressed. As a grown man, I always feel a strong since of guilt when I see the list of young men dying for us over in, at one time Iraq, now Afghanistan. I realize the world is a history of war, and soldiers must make and stand the line, but it really is not fair that these young men are dying for us. I think as Americans we should take pause and ask ourselves, “What really are we giving them in return for their sacrifice?” Those less idealistic will scuff at this thought, but the only thing we can give them is to be the Americans that they died for.
This gives us another pause on what it means to be a good American somehow worthy of some young brave man dying. Not all soldiers are asked to put their lives on the line every day, and I think we all should ask ourselves as men, “How would we act?”, “Could we stand the line with our lives at risk with the same courage?” In the last scene of “Saving Private Ryan” an Older private Ryan asks his wife, “Am I a good man?” and maybe that is the question we all need to be asking ourselves more, “How can we be good Americans?, How can we here, sacrifice for them as they are sacrificing for us? What line here can we defend that makes America better?” I think some of these men are willing to be there just because they think they are making our lives better here at home, and so don’t we have an obligation to strive to make it better? For them!
Have a Good Day
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What would Jesus Do?
Most people would argue to the affirmative that Jesus Christ was the greatest spiritual leader in Western European History: Where he had the most influence and where his teachings had initially the greatest following of people. Although this is true, Jesus’ teachings haven’t been studied as also being one of the great sociological organizing teachings of all time too. As far as I know Jesus never used the inductive method, or it was not noted as a method being used. His method seemed to be more through observation and the historical study of the same problems that faced mankind or the Jewish people as they were written throughout history. Most of us would agree with Jesus that we want to live, and that means to work for peace; not work for war. From Jesus’ Micro and Macro understanding of the problem of war is the problem of breaking the cycle of revenge. The tools he instructed people to use were forgiveness and love. His teaching applied to all levels of organizational involvement marriage, family, community, state, and nation. The petty infighting in organizations is the greatest internal danger an organization has. In order to function the revenge cycle must be broken by forgiveness, if an organization is to function progressively whatever level it exit at.