Friday, December 24, 2010

Peace on Earth

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
    Their old, familiar carols play,
        And wild and sweet
        The words repeat
    Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
    "There is no peace on earth," I said;
        "For hate is strong,
        And mocks the song
    Of peace on earth, good-will to men!" 

Longfellow's words written during the American Civil War could well have been written today. The priorities of our Christmas thoughts have pushed peace well on down the list. It's not for us to fulfill the ideals of the season. That's left for others, those in power and position. Those for whom peace is not profitable.

We fail as a country, as a world. We outnumber the haters, the murderers, the thieves a million to one but still they rule the day with their fear and intimidation. Peace is just a word without meaning, mumbled in a prayer that fails to motivate those who think they are doing service to their God.

I see the trends in the features on the local news. Helping the homeless, the poor, the hungry; saluting the soldiers who can't be home for Christmas as they occupy foreign lands, giving to the families of the fallen; the increasing activities of those who rob and steal from others. There's a connection. War drains the morality of a people. The lack of jobs creates situations of desperation. Folks do help the best the can on one level but still so many dismiss the concept of peace as a weakness, bought on by the continuous deceptions of dividing us into opposing groups, creating the distortion of  only the strongest survive.

But peace is not weakness. It is the greatest gift of all.

Merry Christmas to everyone. May you have a safe and happy holiday.


  1. Merry Christmas, Kenny. thanks for your love of the truth and all you do.

  2. Chickadees and Warblers. The birds of Heaven.

  3. Joyeux Noël, Kenny!

    Such a wonderful message you have, agreed completely:

    But peace is not weakness. It is the greatest gift of all.


  4. Merry Christmas Kenny. Thanks for the excellent articles.

  5. Merry Christmas, Kenny. Thank you for this site. Thanks for adding to my reading list. Thanks for the little community you have created.


    Keep up the good work.

    - Aangirfan.

  7. Merry Christmas Kenny,
    Thanks for your tough minded stands on the most important issues we all face....

  8. A Holiday Thought...

    Aren't humans amazing? They kill wildlife - birds, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice and foxes by the million in order to protect their domestic animals and their feed.

    Then they kill domestic animals by the billion and eat them. This in turn kills people by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative - and fatal - health conditions like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and cancer.

    So then humans spend billions of dollars torturing and killing millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases.

    Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals.

    Meanwhile, few people recognize the absurdity of humans, who kill so easily and violently, and once a year send out cards praying for "Peace on Earth."

    ~Revised Preface to Old MacDonald's Factory Farm by C. David Coates~


    Anyone can break this cycle of violence! Everyone has the power to choose compassion! Please visit these websites to align your core values with life affirming choices: &

    "Any great change must expect opposition because it shakes the very foundation of privilege."
    Lucretia Coffin Mott, 1793-1880, minister, women's rights leader, abolitionist, peace activist, humanitarian

  9. I hope you and your kin had a Merry Christmas Kenny. Thank you for all your hard work here.

    May the coming New Year provide us with a little of the payback that is so overdue.

  10. Booteny Lee FarnsworthDecember 26, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Happy & Merry.

  11. God bless you, Kenny! Hope you had a great Christmas and 2011 will be the year that definitively turns things around! You know Justice is coming, Nature always corrects herself ... but as they say, "no Justice, no Peace."

    Peace will come, I know in my heart it will.

  12. Really nice people celebrating Christmas:
    “Christmas Eve is one of the few occasions when Hasidim refrain from Torah (Talmud) study, do not conduct weddings or go to the mikveh (ritual bath). But they do play chess and work on their bills. On Christmas Eve, known in Jewish circles as Nitel Night, the klipot are in total control. The klipot are parasitical evil forces that attach themselves to the forces of good.

    "According to Kabbala, on the night on which ‘that man’ — a Judaic euphemism for Jesus — was born, not even a trace of holiness is present and the klipot exploit every act of holiness for their own purposes.

    "For this reason, Nitel Night, from nightfall to midnight, is one of the few occasions when Hasidim refrain from Torah (Talmud) study. On this horrific night, they neither conduct weddings nor do they go to the mikveh. An entire folkloric literature has developed around the unusual recreational activities of Nitel Night. The customs, it should be emphasized, are practiced only by Hasidim...

    "The Knesset correspondent of the ultra-Orthodox newspaper Hamodia, Zvi Rosen, relates that celebrated Hasidic admorim (sect leaders) would cut a year’s supply of toilet paper for Sabbath use (to avoid tearing toilet paper on Sabbath) on this night (Christmas Eve).

    "Actually, this disrespectful act has profound kabbalistic significance, because Kabbalistic literature extensively discusses Christianity as waste material excreted from the body of the Jewish people....”

    The preceding information is excerpted from the book Judaism Discovered: A Study of the Anti-Biblical Religion of Racism, Self-Worship, Superstition and Deceit
    Copyright ©2008 by Michael Hoffman.