The Joy and Cost



Disagrement, derision, division…

We live in perilous times, and we cannot and should not escape the challenges that confront us as real people in a real world filled with risks and uncertainties.

We might want to transcend the troubles that face millions of people every day in many parts of the world, but as is the human family on ” single fragile planet beset by danger, we are all in this together. 

In AP History classes in which I was substitute teaching today today, students were writing an essay titled “What Can I Do To Unite Our Country?” These classes worked on the need to deal with union in our country.

The polar opposite of “unity” is “division.” Rather than “one” and “we” there is “many” and “me.” Chaos emerges from the diviseness in our world.

In December 1776, Thomas Paine wrote in The American Crisis, “Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” He added: “What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly.”  (, 1/7/2019)

While the victory of unity can light up a dark world, such victory must be created at a great cost — no personal comfort but pain.

At the end of Steve Perry’s book The Bishop’s Pawn, from an unknown source, the following both proclaims and warns: “A nation that continues to produce soft-minded men (and women — my addition) purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan.”

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