Alternatives To War


Happy Monday, All!

Here’s to hoping your weekends went well. I don’t know about you all but these summer time songs are killing me! But in a good way. I remember how the music industry focused on seasonal songs and one of the most popular seasons is summer time. From “Summer Madness” by Kool and the Gang and “Summer Time” by Will Smith to some of the more modern trend setting summer time songs! Yes, yesterday felt like it is truly summer time!

In watching news segments and some of my favorite shows, I came across a program mentioned on “60 Minutes” about taking kids who have met some of life’s greatest challenges before turning 18 and giving them a chance at a crash course in business. It was very interesting to see the donations of millions of dollars going in to making these “wayward” youngsters a part of a program that re-integrates them in to society in the business world! Yet, the more impacting story is that over one hundred years ago, “The War to End All Wars” aka World War I got into full swing as one country after another invaded still another as the “rise of nationalism” was taking hold in Europe. New types of warfare had been introduced including weaponry and tactics. Trench warfare had become popular as well as the use of tanks and explosives on the war front. While I have never been one to want to serve in the armed forces, I still have an abundance of respect for them. I just wish that we could think of some alternatives to war.

As your summers continue, enjoy the freedom and the blessings of family and friends and perhaps, one by one, we can think of alternatives to war . . . As always, let me know if you would like to be removed from this e-mail listing.


John I. Cook

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