The Courage We Need Today

February 27th, 2010

January 1, 2009

It is not the courage of war we need today.
It is not the soldiers we need.
It is not the tanks and grenades.

We cannot heal this world with blood.
We cannot mend the wounds with hatred.
We cannot save ourselves with violence.

It is not the courage of power we need today.
It is not the politicians that we need.
It is not the taxes and the corruption.

We cannot heal our planet with politics.
We cannot mend the rifts with legislation.
We cannot save ourselves with debt.

It is the courage of truth we need today.
It is integrity that we need.
It is honesty and courage.

We can heal our existence with honesty and courage.
We can mend the contradictions with reasoning.
We can save ourselves with peace.

We know the magnitude of these concepts:
Truth requires courage;
Integrity requires courage.

It is this courage that we need today.

~toward entelechy,
Iloilo Marguerite Jones
Helena, Montana

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