Letters for Friday, December 7, 2018

Nonviolence is the best route

After having read Jim Jung’s article in the Dec. 1 TGI, titled “Join together in celebration of peace,” it seems to me Jim missed the essence of my own previously printed article he mentioned, in which I stated the importance of balancing military with peace.

There is proof from Gandhi, Dr. King, the Metta Center for Nonviolence and other sources that violence only begets more and more violence. While many in the military would prefer peace, there is overwhelming evidence throughout human history that violence is the accepted and expected norm as wars after wars have been fought.

As Einstein said, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”

This is why I urge people to embrace the practice of nonviolence, so our species can survive and thrive.

Terri Donovan Mansfield, Kapaa

Live aloha all year long

It’s that time of year. The festive season. Time of thanksgiving, joy and cheer. Time for family and friends. Time to rejoice and reflect, and just a grand old happy time. Yes, the holiday season is upon us and as always a great time of the year.

I say “Bah, Humbug!” Do not get me wrong, I love the holidays and all the above mentioned that goes with it, yet I say “Bah, Humbug!” because I am always dismayed that all this joy and happiness is supposed to happen just once a year.

Should we not be festive the year round? Enjoy thanks, joy and cheer the year round?

Should we not make time for our family and friends the year round? Should we not rejoice and reflect and just have a grand old happy time the year round?

Personally, I say we should, so let us celebrate the season the year round.

Be thankful the year round. Love your neighbor, friends and family the year round. Try your best to celebrate the year round. Many of our lives would be better if we all practiced the year round what we do in this pono (righteousness) holiday season.

“OK,” you are asking yourself, “so coach, what’s your point?”

Well, simply, it is as old as time itself. Live aloha. All year long.

Hope all had a great Thanksgiving, and here is to a very Merry Christmas.

To those who are not religious, enjoy the season, all year long.

Orlando S. Anaya aka Coach O, Kapaa

  1. RG DeSoto December 7, 2018 8:06 am Reply

    “As Einstein said, ‘No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.'”
    Precisely the problem with the inane political solutions for the dearth of affordable housing. Are you paying attention Yukimura et.al.?
    RG DeSoto

  2. ruthann jones December 7, 2018 8:40 am Reply

    Thank you, Orlando…and a big ALOHA to you and your family.

  3. manongindashadow December 7, 2018 12:06 pm Reply

    Orlando. You walked into this one, “we will watch your action all year round!”

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