What can we do to change this? In an effort to "think globally and act locally" our annual Memorial Day might be a start. I love the parade and the flag waving and the closing service at the cemetery. But it occurs to me that Memorial Day is really about death and dying. Someone died because people couldn't get along. Many died because nations couldn't live with one another. "Living death" is another form of death. It occurs when people talk but don't listen to one another or when we shut our ears to another point of view. "Living death" occurs in communities, in businesses, in relationships, in religious groups, in homes, in families. Generally it occurs when there is another person present (because if I am alone "what a wonderful world this world would be if everyone was just like me). Our county commissioners would mandate (whatever that means) that when the parade is over and before we go to the cemetery we have some classes on living peacefully together. Like "How to tweet to build up rather than tear down." Or "How to listen to someone when you know that they are not only wrong but stupid wrong." Or "Learning to listen before you speak." George has a friend who once said, "I didn't hear a word you said because I was planning my response before you spoke."