Be prepared: four practices

From: Michael M. Butler (
Date: Fri Oct 05 2001 - 06:17:22 MDT

Consider the tone of this communiqué:

Note how, though the emotions are sincere, it's pretty much a routine matter in Israel.

Consider how near we in the USA might be to such. Time to cut the hysterical crap:
"Oh, my gosh, the media says another terrorist attack is 'likely'!!" Not a news flash.

Each and every one of us needs to start making ourselves a harder target, against
enemies foreign and domestic.

May we all:

* Practice diplomacy, courtesy and kindness. "Is this argument necessary?"
* Practice Noisy Honesty whenever it matters. "Is this new government action necessary?"
* Practice healthy skepticism. "Why is this person telling me this?"
* Practice courage as a way of life. "Is _that_ the best you've got?"

Bless you,


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Job One:  MAKE YOURSELF USEFUL.  If you're not part of the solution, 
  what are you doing scumming up the bottom of our beaker? --MMB  
"Let's roll." --Last words heard over Todd Beamer's cell phone 
   before the counterassault aboard UA93, 02001.09.11.~10:10EDT

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