Friday, December 24, 2004

Peace and love

In the spirit of retooling Christmas (read yesterday's post) and the whole holiday season, I wish you peace.
Here is how you say peace in several different languages:
Shalom - Hebrew
Wetaskiwin - Cree
Maluhia - Hawaiian
Heiwa - Japanese

There was an essay recently in the New York Times titled "The Strongest Force? Any Parent Can Tell You."
What do you think it is?
I happen to agree with the author, Dennis Overbye, but I didn't like the way he made the point because I don't think he made a strong enough case talking about squirrel love and all. That's beside the point, though. The point is LOVE is the strongest force in the universe. So why don't we use more of that energy?
The premier issue of Scientific American Mind magazine has a great story -- The Samaratin Paradox. In a seemingly survival-of-the-fittest world, where everyone is trying to get theirs first, why are people still kind? That's the question the story raises. The story poses interesting theories. But I think it goes back to LOVE being the strongest force.