Instead of fear, solutions

I Remember Climbing Under my elementary-school desk for bomb drills. My third-grade teacher told us that by the time we grew up, we'd all be wearing gas masks. By the time I was in high school, I'd developed an almost irrational fear of a nuclear attack. For some of my friends, it was not about whether an attack would happen, but where and when. We didn't have a hopeful outlook, and talked about what each of us would do "when the bomb hit."

My mother said she didn't believe a nuclear war would destroy the world. I was incredulous! Her reason was interesting—"Because God wouldn't let it happen." Later I came to realize that what she was alluding to was something that, deep down, I believed was true. That God is supreme Mind, and that in this way He would govern humanity to find solutions. Thinking about that had a calming effect.

May 3, 2004

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