As a Quaker, the subject of pacifism is central to who I am. I struggle with the difficulty of following the path of peace all ways in my life. I experience a lot of ridicule because, even though pacifism might be morally sound, people think that it's impractical.
I've been thinking of John Woolman lately. Woolman was an
American Friend in the early 18th century. He was a strong
witness against the practice of slavery, and he opened many
hearts to his concern.
the lash of the whip
on the slave's back
I also think of George Fox, who refused to take part in the
British Civil war almost 350 year ago. Yet when William
Penn asked whether he should resign his commission in the
army, Fox said, "Carry thy sword while thou canst." By this,
Fox meant that Penn's conscience was not in his keeping.
carry thy sword
while thou canst
I look forward
to sharing what we can, disagreeing when we must, and learning
from our differences.
is every step
31 January 2003