|Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne (1926)|
Somewhere within us resides an itty-bitty spark of courage.
We need to look hard to find it.
Then, give it some air and nurture it into a brilliant flame.
We need that hidden spark to help us try to make fewer bombs, rifles, landmines, fighter jets, missiles and aircraft carriers.
Because with a tiny fraction of what we spend on war materiel each year, we can employ our people in good-paying jobs to rebuild our water systems and stop polluting our rivers, lakes and oceans; rebuild and modernize our roads, bridges, cities and family farms; make our healthcare system the best in the world; educate and train all our people; dive like our future depends on it — because it does — into decentralized and diversified, sustainable energy systems.
We can do these things and much more with an itty-bitty, mouse-sized portion of what we spend on war materiel.
All we need is the courage to find that spark and nurture it.
Transitioning from a war economy into a peace economy... it's time... because we are braver, stronger and smarter than we think.