Brigid © Lisa Iris
The opposite of war is not peace, it’s creation.
— Jonathon Larson, Rent
There is no doubt that we are moving through times of tremendous socio-economic stress. Our new president, Barack Obama, has encouraged Americans to respond by making service to our country and to one another a priority. This may take many forms, of course, including volunteering, becoming more personally involved in local and regional political causes, and so on.
It has seemed to me, for a very long time, that one of the best ways we can serve our country is to work in very active and conscious ways to bring to an end the long, ignorant, painful history of warfare.
The glorification of war as “normal,” or as any sort of satisfactory means to redress wrongdoing is long obsolete. Whether it’s suicide bombers, or nuclear missiles, as Isaac Asimov pointed out, “Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.”
It is increasingly obvious that in the 21st century, we are intertwined together by technology, economics, and the environment. This increasing interdependence cannot help but destroy the archaic geopolitical definitions of “us” and “them.” While we should honor and celebrate our diversity, to war over our differences is, given the expense and the devastating weaponry, insane.
Over the Imbolc holidays, as many of you did, I renewed my deep dedication and commitment to the beloved Goddess Brighid. This year, She reminded me that I had long ago posted this on my website:
She charged me to renew my vow, and make tending her Fires in this way my priority. For the flames of Brighid are the antidote for war.
So in the days ahead, I hope you’ll join me here as we warm ourselves at the Forge of Brighid, the Source of Creation itself. As we receive Her gifts to us, we shall ourselves become creators, and while we’re at it, become the healers of the failed policies of violence.