Passing The Torch

Written by Virginia Bola, PsyD

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As children, we sawrepparttar pictures and heardrepparttar 132245 stories ofrepparttar 132246 Nazi Holocaust and wept in disbelief, guilt, and shame. The entire world swore that it would never happen again even whilerepparttar 132247 Soviet Empire was killing millions of its own citizens. 60 years afterrepparttar 132248 megalomania of Hitler was crushed,repparttar 132249 world is still filled with hate and violence. Barbed wire festers across too many bloody and doomed landscapes.

Where shall we find a new and better generation to carry our torch into a brighter future? We look to our children, busy playing violent video games, listening to hate rock music, and watching destructive films where carnage andrepparttar 132250 will to power reign supreme. Are these to berepparttar 132251 world's saviors?

Mankind falters alongrepparttar 132252 evolutionary road that brought us out ofrepparttar 132253 swamps and created a world of luxury, knowledge, and immense creativity. Our goal must always be to stamp outrepparttar 132254 evil destructiveness that seems to be an integral part of being human, while nurturingrepparttar 132255 civilization,repparttar 132256 intelligence,repparttar 132257 willingness to give and take, andrepparttar 132258 love and forgiveness that is also part of our complex nature.

On January 1, we are 5 years intorepparttar 132259 new millennium. It has not been an auspicious beginning. It is up to us to stand up and be counted. By our lives, by every act we do, by every word we speak, we must bear witness torepparttar 132260 beauty, creativity, and altruism of mankind and forever disavowrepparttar 132261 base part of our beings which has held sway for far, far too long.

Happy New Year.

Virginia Bola is a licensed clinical psychologist with deep interests in Social Psychology and politics. She has performed therapeutic services for more than 20 years and has studied the results of cultural forces and employment on the individual. The author of an interactive workbook, The Wolf at the Door: An Unemployment Survival Manual, and a monthly ezine, The Worker's Edge, she can be reached at

The End of Western Dominion

Written by Ed Howes

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We might be able to lay in supplies where we are and waitrepparttar whole thing out. Whateverrepparttar 132243 choice, if it is made in advance of widespread hostilities, we can resistrepparttar 132244 demand that we choose sides and fight or support those who do, which, in Iraq makes one a target in either case. Or perhaps we have no interest inrepparttar 132245 lessons of Iraq becauserepparttar 132246 same thing can never happen in our country. After all, we have assurances and guarantees from people we love and trust, atrepparttar 132247 end of whose guns we could be conscripted if we are betrayed, as we will be.

No one winsrepparttar 132248 next big one. The commitment is made,repparttar 132249 credit dries up and everyone fights with what they can afford. The playing field will be level and bloody. The survivors will be those onrepparttar 132250 sidelines -repparttar 132251 uncommitted,repparttar 132252 uninvolved. When this one is over no survivor will give a damn about dominion. Like Iraq, all we will care about is cleaning uprepparttar 132253 mess, rebuilding our infrastructures and social order. In truth, today’s Iraq isrepparttar 132254 microcosm ofrepparttar 132255 global conflagration that follows. Countrepparttar 132256 costs in Iraq. Countrepparttar 132257 casualties in life and limb. Multiply Iraqi numbers by one thousand and make your plans.

One exception torepparttar 132258 present situation in Iraq should be considered. Duringrepparttar 132259 big one all currencies inrepparttar 132260 warring nations will be totally worthless and you will only buy goods with other goods or services. Now is a good time to convert any monetary savings to goods and survival supplies that will increase your comfort and security for years of global non production. Not only will this war end Western dominion, it is trulyrepparttar 132261 war to end all wars. If you cannot yet sense this as an animal senses an impending earthquake, try to find someone who does and spend some time with them. Iraq isrepparttar 132262 blueprint of our Western future. Pay attention to it.

Freelance writer published on many websites and newspapers.

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