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Thank you Joshuapeaceseeker for doing this for the world. When I read this entry I thought of the words to a song I often listen to while I work. it is my prayer and purpose. Sally

Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me
Let There Be Peace on Earth
The peace that was meant to be
With God as our Father
Brothers all are we
Let me walk with my brother
In perfect harmony.

Let peace begin with me
Let this be the moment now.
With ev'ry step I take
Let this be my solemn vow;
To take each moment and live
Each moment in peace eternally
Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me


What a beautiful and inspiring song. I'd love to know the title/ author. Reminds me of St. Francis.

Inspiring words play an important part of the peace movement but so does action. This work you mention, do you pay income taxes at it? If you are like many people and work a 5 day work week, you work Monday and at least part of Tuesday just to pay off the feds. I'm sure you know what they do with that money you earn for them? Build bombs and prisons. One must ask, do my actions promote strife among men or support it?

Now I have heard before the cries of "I cannot afford to leave my job." What I hear is, "I am not willing to give up my western lifestyle (which is mostly luxury by nonwestern standards) to stop supporting war."

Sally, I do not mean to single you out. If your choice of music is any indication, you are a peaceful, loving person. I myself worked many years at a tax paying job. When I realized how much I was funding my oppressors I could not bear it any longer. I do not need all of the luxuries of the western world, although I do have many of them, but I obtain them frugally and by doing so I am able to keep my income below taxable level.

I should also mention that I do still pay sales tax, property tax and misc. fees but they are a drop in the bucket compared to the income tax I used to pay. I have done quite a bit to reduce these like buying used, growing/ making my own, and I'm a terrific barterer/ scavenger. With more conditioning I should be able to get around these taxes too (except perhaps the property tax, which I consider extortion, otherwise I may have to give up land ownership or relocate to an area with no property tax).

I believe these same steps can be taken by anyone, but it seems few are willing to relinquish their incomes.

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