Peace Will Only Come With Justice

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      Here is a “Perspective” piece, written by a long-time friend Dorothy Richards, that was recently published in the Albany Times Union (here). I worked with Dottie for a number of years back in the 1970s and 1980s, and still see her occasionally at office reunions and Albany coffee shops.

      Hers is a frank, heartfelt, unsentimental assessment of the current state of affairs, from the perspective of a new great-grandmother.  Her rationality and wisdom shine through like a beacon, commanding our attention.  Dottie, let’s hope your vision will soon be broadly shared.  Thank you for your indomitable spirit and ceaseless commitment. – JMH

“Peace will only come with justice,” By Dorothy Richards (August 10, 2012):

Some of my young friends told me they couldn’t imagine what it must feel like to be a great-grandparent, and for me, too, becoming a great-grandmother has been the catalyst for a new perspective about the future of us all.

The prospect of raising children in a world indifferent to constant war has begun to fill my heart with dread. Wars were common in the 20th century, but there were periods of peace, too. Now we have grown accustomed to endless war. Those in Iraq and Afghanistan are now a decade old, and there is the daily possibility of military entanglements in other countries.

The harsh reality is that if those living on Earth today do not find other means of settling disputes, our planet — polluted, over-populated and economically stressed to the limit — cannot survive.

On a recent Wednesday, with my “Grannies for Peace” buttons pinned to my hat and shirt, I was on my way to join fellow peace activists outside the Capitol where we gather together once a week on the sidewalk. As I crossed Empire State Plaza I was surprised to see in the noontime crowd of state workers and others near the farmers market my granddaughter and her husband beside a baby stroller with my five-week-old great-grandchild. Hurrying over, I peered through the netting and was delighted to see how she had grown in the weeks since I’d seen her. Her peaceful, strong body was a clear sign that love and tender care had been showered on her.

Her parents were surprised to see me, too, and they momentarily wondered, “Who is that lady hovering over our baby?” Then we exchanged smiles and hugs, and I invited them to my home for dinner before hurrying on down State Street where I saw Veterans for Peace signs in the distance.

Our children will be exposed to misery if peace is not urgently seen as a constructive and dynamic process. I believe genuine peace can be established only through justice, and love must regenerate and inspire social, international and interracial relations.

War is devoid of love and has never brought lasting peace and justice. For the sake of our beloved children everyone must become an activist, an ambassador to declare that war is not the answer. Peace is the way.

Dorothy Richards is a member of the Albany Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

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