We write our own history

Published: Monday, January 20, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 19, 2003 at 10:25 p.m.

As I entered a local bookstore recently the history section caught my eye. Hundreds of books were carefully arranged so that the passer-by could easily see the titles of each. It was clearly one of the largest investments of surface area in the entire store.

As I walked from one end to the other, two things struck me as terribly sad. The first was that over 80 percent of these history books were about war. And, second, virtually all of them were about the United States: "American Wars," "American War Heroes," "American War Presidents," "The United States in World War II," "Vietnam," "Bush at War."

The old saying, "History repeats itself" rang through my mind. And then I amended that by adding, "unless we decide to do something different."

We are writing our history. While we have time, we must author peace. Do something different! Write, "America at Peace."

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