Easy there, Joel. We humans are ruled by the same laws that govern the universe for which there is no escape. It is a ruthless system of balance, which I call probability balance. This simple law of probability balance means that at some point in time creation must be offset by destruction — starts are born and stars die. At the human level it means that peace will always be offset by war and love by hate. Indeed, it’s a harsh reality. All we can do as individual humans is try hard to stay on the positive side of this natual balance equation and hope for the best. It does no good to tear ourselves apart over forces way beyond our control.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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