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Mercy is the highest attribute

Emma Goldman said that “the most violent element in society is ignorance.”

The threats and condemnation that good people like Bernie Boettcher and Sue Gray have endured may actually be harbingers of a new consciousness. History bears out that all progressive ideas are met with the venom of the society they aim to rehabilitate.

The brave few who dare to dissent, who fight for freedom with their wits and words, are lighting the way to true liberty.

It has been said that if Christ returned to Earth, history would repeat itself. And so it does, for those who now invoke peace and diplomacy are met with cries of “crucify!”

Imagine what the cry of the mob might be if education budgets were not savagely slashed. The tide might turn. We might demand answers, evidence and accountability of our leaders instead of fighting one another.

Those of us who questioned our leaders’ motives for war have an opportunity now to right a wrong, to help make survivors out of victims, to pull a new world from the ashes of the old.

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We now stand at a pivotal point between past and future. I urge you to contemplate the words of Clarence Darrow: “I am pleading for the future. I am pleading for a time when hatred and cruelty will not control the hearts of men. When we can learn by reason and judgment and understanding and faith that all life is worth saving, and that mercy is the highest attribute of men.”

Kathryn Preston

Carbondale

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