"Sooner or later all the people of the world will have to discover a
way to live together in peace and thereby transform this pending cosmic
elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood." ~
Martin Luther King Jr.
We did this yesterday,
January 18, 2003, right here in Van Buren County. That is, we
assembled in a somewhat random yet intrinsically purposeful manner,
exchanged interesting ideas, shared useful information, and got something
of value done, thus scribing a new verse to the poem of community.
The "we" included members of the Van Buren County Greens, volunteers
with the Ozark Liberty Alliance, and several "interested others" who had
heard about the event and decided to come just to see what it was all
plan had been to remove litter from a one-mile stretch of U.S. 65.
previously adopted by the Greens, but the weather was beyond bracing. It
was downright freezing-cold. Thus we chose a more modest objective
and dedicated our efforts to cleaning up litter in the park.
All in all, from the time I arrived (which was about 9:20am) until the
last of us packed it in (right around 1pm), a total of 17 people
(including myself) came, stayed a while, and went on their merry way. And
I note here that there was reportedly one person who arrived punctually at
9am and, due to my tardy arrival, missed the connection, for which I
sincerely apologize and look hopefully toward "the next time" -- but I
Some of us pitched into the clean-up effort.
joined us for lunch.
And some just visited for a few minutes, shared a little about
themselves, asked a question or two, and left.
But the important thing really is that we all did whatever we did in
those moments of time as a united show of support for a common ideal: That
we are meant to live productive lives in peace with each other, and that
each of us has, in some unique way, a role to play in making this ideal
real in the world.
important is to note that "we" represented a microcosm of diverse
socio-political "ethnicities" which, in some instances, if carried to
their fundamental tenets might be oppositional of each other's point of
Yet we came together in harmony. Shared a communal "bring a dish" meal.
Shivered and froze together. Worked side-by-side with each other and
exchanged stories about what we want the world to be, forevermore.
Peaceful. About this, we were all in perfect accord.
FYI: This event was sponsored by the
Van Buren County Greens with
communications networking support from the
Ozark Liberty Alliance.