Peace Starts With The MirrorWritten by Darrin F. Coe, MA
If you pay attention to media, it seems like world is evolving into a violent and psychopathic place. I think deep down majority of people around world desire peace. Jawaharlal Nehru once said “Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind . . . Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.” To be a person of peace and to pursue a life of non-violence a person must first look to themselves. A person must be at peace with themselves before they can be at peace with others and their environment. There are many factors that are involved in establishing peace with yourself. They require some personal effort and responsibility but they pay great dividends. The person who pursues peace can live without fear; for who can question peace? Who can question non-violence? Only those cowards who live in fear resulting in violence and aggression will be offended by peaceful person. What a person most derides may be their greatest fear. Some of factors involved in establishing peace with yourself are: 1. Engaging in forgiveness of yourself and others. 2. Accepting ultimate responsibility for you actions and circumstances. 3. Pursuing discovery of your personal purpose in life.
The ninth amendment: It's cool!!Written by Darrin F. Coe, MA
Recently, Colorado passed a law banning participation in “toughperson” fighting competitions. This is wrong and unamerican. I believe right to engage in consensual violence falls under ninth amendment right to privacy. What makes United States great is choice. Our government was founded on choice. The right to chose words I speak; right to chose way I worship; right to assemble peaceable and to question my government; and right to chose to arm or not to arm myself are all part and parcel of greatness of America. The ninth amendment says, “the enumeration, in Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by people.” The right to privacy falls under these unenumerated rights. The right to privacy is right to not have government dictate personal behavior. Thus, as long as it does not harm other people, deprive others of property, or engaged in by those who can give consent, our government does not have right to regulate it. I do not believe federal government has constitutional power to regulate who marries who; I do not believe government has right to regulate wearing of seatbelts by adults; I do not believe government has right to regulate wearing of motorcycle helmets; nor do I believe government has right to regulate competitive violence.