Paul’s Perambulations

October 15, 2019

“Love your Enemies” comes to West Point Military Academy

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This weekend I attended the West Point Military Academy conference entitled Ethics of War and Peace. Once again I publicly identified as the sole pacifist in a group of about 75 (mostly cadets). I shared my views with cadets and others, and heard their views. After much reflection and discussion with others, I decided to wear my “LOVE YOUR ENEMIES” shirt tor part of the conference and for lunch and during our West Point campus tour. Yes, this was at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Suspect it may have been a first. I appreciate the respectful discussion that this enabled. It was important for me to practice wearing this shirt before West Point, because when wearing it I feel that I become a different person, both to myself and to others. That’s a long story. In so doing, I found that the shirt is frequently ignored, pointedly so. Absolutely the elephant in the living room. There’s more to be said than can be said here. In any case, I felt that my presence contributed to the event and am grateful for my academic credentials that earn an invitation to this conference. I was blessed that Fran came along, and she could enjoy the trip as a vacation (our rooms in the military hotel overlooked the Hudson River). When we left West Point Saturday afternoon, we drove home to change into formal wear (my annual foray into a free tux) for the Mendel Dinner at Villanova. Quite a change, while also an opportunity to explain to fellow Villanovans (including Father Peter, President of VU) about my attendance and activities at West Point (I was prepared to discuss Love Your Enemies from an Augustinian perspective if that was desired). Actually, the only folks who seemed prepared to really discuss this were some of the cadets with whom I chose to sit. I suspect the cadets in attendance were a special group – those with the interest and experience to attend a conference of professional philosophers. These conferences are different from the psych conferences I attended for decades. It’s a good learning experience for me, as well as an opportunity for me to make a unique contribution. (more…)

April 15, 2017

Confronting the face of war

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Yesterday (Good Friday), in the spirit of Rabbi Jesus, a group of us assembled once again in front of Lockheed Martin (the world’s largest war profiteer and nuclear weapons contractor) in King of Prussia, PA, to confront the current face of war.  Seven of us proceeded (more…)

August 9, 2016

Nagasaki Day — Paul is NOT arrested (this time)

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Today (Nagasaki Day) we did an arrestable action of blocking the entrance to Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest war profiteer and nuclear weapons contractor.  But we were not arrested this time. Usually what we do (more…)

May 9, 2016

What is new this year, and the endless cycle of birth and death.

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Baby Jasper at Dan Berrigan's wake

It’s been a while since last posting. What is new? (Hint – this post is going to relate to family and the recent death of Daniel Berrigan.) Some things are ongoing – I could describe the usual actions with Brandywine Peace Community, including civil disobedience  (more…)

April 6, 2015

Faithfulness on Good Friday.

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In the paddy wagon again

Good Friday is significant for me as I see the teachings and life of the inspired Jesus culminating at this time. The day is particularly meaningful for me through my attendance at the annual Good Friday demonstrations at Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest war profiteer (more…)

August 6, 2014

Hiroshima Day Civil Disobedience, 2014

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Today was the usual Hiroshima Day demonstration at Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest war profiteer and nuclear weapons’ manufacturer. Did my usual Civil Disobedience, although a bit different this time. FIRST, instead of (more…)

March 29, 2013

Good Friday arrest in the service of a peaceful world

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For several years I have joined members of the Brandywine Peace Community at Good Friday demonstrations outside the Lockheed Martin facility in King of Prussia, PA. Lockheed Martin is the world’s largest war profiteer and nuclear weapons manufacturer. (more…)

January 21, 2013

Honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King with civil disobedience

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I was arrested today at the King of Prussia facility of Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest war profiteer and nuclear weapons manufacturer. Today is the holiday when we particularly honor the birth and life of Martin Luther King. How better to do this than to act in accord with his own life and teachings? (more…)

January 2, 2013

Andrea del Sarto (Called “The Faultless Painter”) and Paul’s three-legged stool.

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Andrea del Sarto by Robert Browning

I reread this poem on New Year’s Day 2013. I believe that I had not read it fully since high school, and it is amazing how different it feels to read it in my late 60’s compared to reading it as a teenager. (more…)

December 31, 2012

My Memorial for my Mother (died at age 102), given 12/29/12

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I’d like to say some things about my Mom’s full life; others will likely say things more recent about her (recent, for my Mom’s life, is all relative. That might be things from grandchildren or great-grandchildren that cover only the past few decades or so). (more…)

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