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Creativity can lead us out of chaos

Kathryn Preston

Dear Editor,

The Bush White House is aggressively promoting war on Iraq, without strong support from Congress, the American public, or our allies. Without hard evidence that Iraq poses a clear and present danger to the United States, Congress must act to prevent a war on Iraq.

Dick Armey, the House (Republican) Majority Leader, says, “I don’t believe that America will justifiably make an unprovoked attack on another nation.”

He also says, “It would not be consistent with what we have been as a nation or what we should be as a nation.”

Carl Combs, a scientist and former engineer for the U.S. rocket and space program, comments on what we have been as a nation. “America is uniquely different from other nations. It’s not because of the resources of our land, and it’s not because of our system. America has tried to indoctrinate democracy all over the world and, for the most part, it’s been unsuccessful. America has come through 500 years of history, but there is a common thread of greatness that got us here.”

Combs asserts that an examination of the personal writings of America’s great explorers, settlers, and leaders, from Christopher Columbus to Dwight Eisenhower, reveals a common belief in some form of higher consciousness. It is my belief that it is high-time for humanity to evolve beyond material/commercial gluttony and narrow, self-serving, aggressive acts of domination. The United States can recapture its moral ascendancy by lighting the way to a higher consciousness.

It is also my belief that the arts will take a leading role in illuminating this path.

Joseph Campbell, a leading authority on the subject of mythology, tells us: “The only people who can keep ritual, myth, and a new vision of the universe alive are artists.”

Through creative service, our country can lead the world out of chaos.

It is time for creativity to become a highly sought-after and rewarded component in the foundation of American society. In this manner, we at the local level will reveal the true meaning of community, which involves the participation of citizens who operate from the perspective of intelligent hearts and loving minds.

This, in turn, sets the stage for sustainable peace and prosperity for all.

To quote an Australian aboriginal woman, Lilla Watson: “If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”

Let us, the people, set an example for our President to follow.

Kathryn Preston

Glenwood Springs


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