Selflessness and peace require courage too


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May 2, 2020 — Doom and gloom are always at the doorstep. So it seems with each new generation.

In times like these when others panic  some rise up, stay steady, stay positive, endure suffering and move forward. 

Col. Sam Spayd is one of many dozens of hometown heroes in Florence who comes to mind.

I wonder if, at this moment in America, the basic struggle will be how to rebuild a sense of individual responsibility and collective duty to a more socially responsible level of personal consumption and corporate temperance.

I regret most leaders’ call for a return to consumer spending so the economy can return to “normal.” 

This was the call of George Bush after 911. 

It’s the call of Larry Kudlow now.

Now is a time for rebuilding basic work ethics and skills to realize the capacity in a healthier lifestyle for everyone who can work in our society.

Good, natural, locally produced food.

Simpler, more efficient and safer shelters.

Clean, abundant waters.

Cordial, supportive relationships. 

Deeper, more cognitive spiritual life.

Closer, more supportive family. 

Infinitely more grateful and graceful living.

Peace and prosperity, newly defined, would be my greatest hope for our great, great grandchildren and their remembrances and celebrations that our generation recalibrated what it is to be a responsible, productive, courageous human being.

Peace takes courage, too! 

Prosperity follows good living and it allows for, it demands, voluntary charity to those in great need with disabilities around us.

Selflessness and putting others first are a few of the last and most important teachings that Jesus commended to his closest friends just before he was arrested, suffered and died. 

It’s time our hearts recalled his call to be servant leaders and measure ourselves not by what we acquire in this world but by whom we rescue and lift up out of misery and oppression while we ourselves succeed and prosper.

Ambition and motivation towards these ends, making us more humble and charitable along the way, is what will “save” our world and — just as importantly — our community. 

I hope this for us all.

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