by Chris Corrigan
My daughter Aine and I were walking in the woods today playing a game. She was pretending that there were monsters in the forest and that they were coming to eat us. We had to be vigilant. We had to defend ourselves.
I asked her "What is the plan? What are we going to do if we see
one of the monsters?"
She replied, "Feed them."
"Feed them?" I said.
"Yes," she said. "If we feed them they won't want to
What if we decided that people's spirits needing feeding too? What
if we chose to take $1 billion and build the biggest, most beautiful
mosque in the world, right in the heart of Kabul. And what if we gave
it as a gift, no quid pro quo, as a place for people to feed their spirits?
What would the reaction be? What do we want the reaction to be? We
Seems we could bomb innocent people to death and celebrate, mirroring
the images of this week, and thereby satisfy our thirst for vengeance.
But what would that get us? A world that so admired the West that it
wanted to emulate it in every way and celebrates its way of life? Or
would a large part of the 5 billion people that don't live in the west
see things differently? Would more people feel as if vengeance was the
only possible response, and figure out more simple and effective ways
to terrorize? We can have that kind of world if we choose it.
Or we can take Aine's advice and feed people. And what would that get
us? There is no better way to rob the world of it's anger and bitterness,
jealousy and hate, than to feed people unconditionally...feed their
bodies, minds and spirits. Build places of learning, places of spirit,
places for healing and nourishment, places of community.
Take that $40 billion dollars and spend it in every neighborhood in
the world. Put the world to work growing food, healing people, restoring
land and water, building communities, creating the thin fibres of connection
between peoples, families, communities, cities, nations....
"If we feed them they won't want to eat us." Can you think of a better form of security?
Reprinted with permission