Yesterday a group of Transform Now Plowshares defendants and supporters joined students at Maryville College and later at the LSLK Buddhist Temple, to hear a talk by Paul Chappell of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Paul used example after example from sociology and military history to illustrate a clear and straightforward message: human beings are not wired for war, we are wired for love. The witness of Transform Now Plowshares couldn’t be a clearer example that Paul Chappell’s message is true.
Today has been a rainy day, full of quiet work and reunions among friends — from pancake breakfasts, to giant puppet building, to media work, to the Kentucky Derby and the Mandelbrot set. (“It’s about the harmony of the universe,” explained Sister Megan.)
The industrious, quiet hum of the day burst into a joyful uproar as guests rolled into Knoxville from out of town. Dinner, generously provided by Food Not Bombs and supplemented by talented cooks and bakers here for the trial, tasted especially good in the company of so many good friends.
When asked how the day was for her, Sister Megan said:
Reharmonizing. By being so inserted into a community — from three, four, five, ten, fifteen individually co-responsible participants — each using his or her own creativity and producing a great organic message of life.
Tomorrow will be a day of rest for all, and centering, and allowing ourselves to be renewed.
May it be so!
Don’t forget, the schedule for tomorrow and the rest of the week can be found here.