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More Love

Any attempt to expound on the subject of love must first come to terms with the problem that we use the word in many different ways and situations. There is romantic love. There is sexual attraction. There is the love of a parent for his or her child. There is the feeling we have for a great work of art. There is an appreciation we have for the natural world around us. Which of these sorts of love are we talking about?

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Calling for a US Sustainability Initiative

Looking back over the history of the United States, it's easy to see in hindsight a series of events and actions that have either united or divided us.

The Revolutionary War, the ratification of our US Constitution, World War II and the race to put a man on the moon can all be seen as efforts that ultimately brought us together as a nation.

On the other hand, our Civil War and the Vietnam conflict are examples of actions that tragically divided us.

Compass pointing to Mission

The Importance of Mission

The dictionary on my Mac defines mission as “a strongly felt aim, ambition, or calling.”

Implicit in this definition is the idea that we are talking about something other than simple self-interest. We are all motivated to take care of ourselves, but a mission implies something greater, an impulse to contribute to something larger than our individual existence.

A prerequisite for a mission is a surplus of resources, something more than what is needed for simple subsistence. If we are just scraping by, then no mission, no matter how keenly felt, will get much traction.