Why do we need, in the USA, to recreate the Civilian Conservation Corps? Because, we need challenges. Of course, our society does have challenges, in spades. War seems to be the ultimate challenge. Yet war is preventable if we choose to find ways to cooperate with one another.
William James said, in his 1910 essay entitled The Moral Equivalent of War, that:
“The war against war is going to be no holiday excursion or camping party.”
He was right, of course. Albert Einstein agreed. His “Two Percent Plan” admits that it is not easy to get even so small a number to lay down their arms. But a challenge for our society could come in another package, as we saw during the Great Depression. The discipline of ordinary people working together.
“We must make new energies and hardihoods continue the manliness to which the military mind so faithfully clings. Martial virtues must be the enduring cement; intrepidity, contempt of softness, surrender of private interest, obedience to …”
A new draft for the Civilian Conservation Corps would do that.
Challenge, discipline, cooperation, and infrastructure repairs to solve the deep and divisive problems that lead to war. More shortly.
Posted on Meow Date 11 March, 12014 H.E.