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Thursday, July 21, 2005

When Will They Learn?

There have been 4 more explosions in London today. http://www.cnn.com/

Ridiculous. Heaven forbid, but I am going to paraphrase a scene I remember from "Growing Pains." The scene is in the episode where the Seavers' come home to find that they've been robbed. They have a family meeting in the living room and Carol hypothesizes getting rid of their more expensive material possesions, since that is what burglars want & without them, they would not be robbed again. Jason brings up more and more possessions in question & Carol recommends getting rid of everything. Jason finally asks, "What if they want your security?" Carol responds, "That's silly. No one can steal my feelings." "Exactly," says Jason. "No one can take our sense of security. No one can make us afraid."

(Note: This scene is from the '80's so I am sure that I have not been entirely accurate, but I think you get the gist.)


Terrorists: Beware

You do not have the power.

You have the ability to instill fear of your bombs,
But you do not have the power to instill fear of you.
You have the ability to drop a package and run,
But you do not have the power to comfort the wounded.
You have the ability to destroy our buildings,
But you do not have the power to destroy our peace.
You have the ability to take our bodies,
But you do not have the power to take our spirits.
You have the ability to cause pain,
But you do not have the power to heal it.
You have the ability to make us cry,
But you do not have the power to make us laugh.
You have the ability to hate,
But you do not have the power to create hatred.

You do not have the power.










http://www.werenotafraid.com/about.html

We are not afraid to ride public transportation.

We are not afraid to walk down a crowded street.

We are not afraid of each other.

We are not afraid to say that terrorism in any form is never the answer.

We’re not afraid is an outlet for the global community to speak out against the acts of terror that have struck London, Madrid, New York, Baghdad, Bazra, Tikkut, Gaza, Tel-Aviv, Afghanistan, Bali, and against the atrocities occurring in cities around the world each and every day. It is a worldwide action for people not willing to be cowed by terrorism and fear mongering.

The historical response to these types of attacks has been a show of deadly force; we believe that there is a better way. We refuse to respond to aggression and hatred in kind. Instead, we who are not afraid will continue to live our lives the best way we know how. We will work, we will play, we will laugh, we will live. We will not waste one moment, nor sacrifice one bit of our freedom, because of fear.

We are not afraid.

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