The war on terrorism is a very dramatic issue on life in America today. It has grave impact upon us all, how we live, think and vote.
Like many people of the ’50s and ’60s, some build bomb shelters to try to protect themselves and loved ones from its potential. To me, a very real and possible answer is not found in war, bombs, death, destruction or bomb shelters; but by simple — though not easy — principles, espoused throughout various civilizations. That of compassion, understanding and love.
Anything, terrorism included, must have the proper environment to live and grow in. Hate, anger and violence in general, with all of their various aspects, must have the right ground to grow in. This is no new theory.
I suggest that rather than armed force, we offer help in terms of base needs, food, shelter and most importantly, a sense of hope and being.
One who senses a need, desire will steal, attack you. If we actively choose to help those who surround us, so that they can come to feel apart of us, they will strive to help us continue to build on our sense of reality, rather than to tear it down to build their own.
We seek security, a very slippery concept in itself. I deeply feel our answer to the war on terrorism, social discord in general, lies not in not providing for our own personal security, but in providing it for others, which in turn will give it to us.
If others in this world, felt safe, secure and some level of happiness, terrorism as we know it could not exist.
So what do we do? Rather than recoiling with fear, hate or violence, I suggest again, love, hope, kindness and understanding. These principles have been used in various animal training with great success. Are we not smarter and more capable than a white rat?
The other side of it is to reduce the negative aspects, hunger or other base wants, needs so as to not nurture the seeds of discontent.
None of these are easy or exact ideals to put into practice, but I feel are necessary for our society, any society, to exist through the tests of time. I offer no aspirin or band-aid, i.e. no immediate relief, but a hopeful, long-term prescription for a chronic ailment.
Please feel free to discuss this commentary with me anytime or anywhere. Thank you for your time.
Dave Schuckman is a 25-year resident of Kodiak Island and a very concerned citizen.
DAVE SCHUCKMAN, Kodiak Daily Mirror