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There is no Glory in Dying
~ for cindy ~
From Sgt. Kevin Benderman – Prisoner of Conscience for objecting to war
“I have come to the conclusion that the Creator does not want us to fight wars or to leave our brothers to die in hunger or disease. We have been given the things we need to provide all men on the planet with what they need to get by in this world. Why should I not help another human being that needs what I can help them with? I have ignored that for far too long. I have turned my head when the homeless person asks for a little help. I have taken advantage of others when I should have been offering a hand up. I have done things in my life that I am not proud of. I have not lived a perfect life so I will not tell anyone else how to live theirs. I have learned that I have done things that are not to the benefit of mankind, and to continue in that vein would be detrimental to my growth as a human being.
I ask myself, ‘Why should I continue with what I see as self-destructive behavior?’
‘Why should I continue a way of life that does nothing to alleviate problems that have plagued humanity for far too long?’
If a drug addict learns that the drugs are killing him, he is expected to stop using drugs.
That leads me to ask, ‘If what I am doing is killing me spiritually, why should I continue?’
We have become so engrained to the face of war that we can no longer see that it solves nothing. I will no longer participate.