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A Simple Philosophy

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Submitted by Teresa Jones (United States), Jul 31, 2002 at 09:07

It is almost a year since we have been attacked and as an American Mom I am fatigued. I think the national debate should not be about who is moderate and who is not, nor about religion. I think the national debate should be focused on simple wisdom. It is not a the knee of a military commander, a theologian or academic instructor that folks run when they are afraid it is to their Dads and Moms...Grandpa's and Grandma's...to their families. September 11th frighten us and changed us. We are a sad nation with a great job before us.

I am always encouraged by Dr. Pipes writings for I believe he is a thoughtful and deliberate gentleman and must have many memories of strong parents and grandparents that guided his way for him. He has been a help to us as a nation at this time in history. He is helping me gain understanding and for that I am grateful.

I am a simple woman and I think each of us need more grace, wisdom and knowledge if we are to help our children face the difficult times before them. We need to end the angry debate in our nation and become focused WE THE PEOPLE need to grow up, quick...for the sake of our children. Adults of America have sat down on the most important job of all....raising happy, hopeful, loving and literate children.

It's a simple philosophy but it gets lost in our complicated world today and it is the key to the "War" we are in for the hearts and minds of the people in our nation and the nations who are promoting terrorism. There are too many distractions, too many labels, too many messages, too much technology and not enough face-to-face communication about real life. "We have to learn to communicate with each other again — about the basics, our culture, our practices — about the values and teachings that our grandparents and parents taught us."

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