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As Christmas approaches in a world rife with conflict, it is good to be reminded of the essential message of those who heralded the birth of the Babe in Bethlehem.
"Peace on earth, goodwill toward men," was their proclamation.
It is the idealistic message of this and every Christmas season. And yet, as is usually the case, peace among nations is elusive. This year, especially, conflict permeates the world.
Still, imagine what could be accomplished if nations and communities and individuals would follow the time-honored values conveyed by the Prince of Peace.
In monetary terms alone, think what could happen if the enormous price tag of a war with Iraq could be directed instead toward essential humanitarian needs.
What if the energy and resources of those terrorists who planned and carried out the hideous attacks of September 11 and beyond could be constructively turned toward acts of goodwill.
Closer to home, would huge tax increases be needed to expand jails, if peace and goodwill among neighbors prevailed?
The ideal of peace on earth may be beyond humanity’s collective reach. But KSL believes within each individual lies the potential to find a degree of personal peace. Such peace often comes in direct proportion to one’s own selfless efforts to be purveyors of heartfelt goodwill.