- Did you ever wonder what our lives on
planet Earth would have been like if the richest countries hadn't spent
most of our money building weapons to defend us from each other?
- $5.5 trillion since 1951 in the USA!
- A recent article in the IHT reports on
a study done by the Brookings Institution. According to Peter Passel, the
"Atomic Audit estimates that $5.5 trillion in 1996 dollars has been
spent by Washington on building, delivering, and defending against The
Bomb, and the meter is still ticking at the rate of $35 billion a year."
- Lately we Americans have come to understand
that our current educational system is creating a caste system where the
wealthy go to private schools, while the now practically non-existent Middle
Class and the poor must use crumbling, deficient, and struggling public
schools to gain entry into the high tech, global economy.
- What kind of educational systems could
we have provided for our children if we had some of this $35 billion a
year? Could we have parks, safe public transportation, efficient highways,
research for alternative energies which don't pollute our air, land, and
water? The list goes on.
- Dream on...
- We can dream. But the reality is that
since 1951 we have spent $5.5 trillion dollars on weapons.
- Mr. Passel provides us with graphic images
of how much $5.5 trillion is: More than has been spent on Medicare and
veterans benefits combined. "Or, if you prefer the fanciful, $5.5
trillion stacked tightly in bricks made of $1 bills would be enough to
build a wall 8.7 feet high around the equator."
- The other day I was watching Congressional
hearings; the military was sincerely informing our elected officials of
the new dangers we face. For a moment I saw all the men in that room as
the "pieces-of-God" they really are. The profound absurdity of
the enormous amounts of fear we have experienced in our illusion of separation
- When will we wake up?
- We are currently a Non-Sovereign fear-based
planet controlled by tyrants.
- Is it any wonder the rest of the Galaxy
doesn't trust us? We can only become a sovereign planet when we realize
that in spite of 6,000 years of war, we are in truth all ONE.