The hard truth is that as we are part of the universe we humans are trapped in the ultimate law of the universe — probability balance. Meaning that creation, at some point in time, is always offset by destruction. Stars are born and stars die. For us it means that peace will always be offset by war, love by hate, joy by sorrow, Obama by a Trump. The best we can ever hope to accomplish is to try and stay on the positive side of this dismal balance equation of life, and for some it makes for a pretty great life.

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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