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Story last updated at 3:52 PM on Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas 2011: Peace gets closer

Karen Cauble

This is a Christmas letter of love to all the wonderful people who live on the Kenai Peninsula.

I am eager to share with you the greatest discovery this year if not in a lifetime. It has taken us humans several thousand years to get here, but we've done it. The most profound significant change in the course of our species is that we are more peaceful now than we have ever been. Yes.

We humans have reached a turning point, for peace in our world, to prevail. We did it together, teachers, counselors, human service workers, mariners, carpenters, fishermen, all of us. Every person throughout our world who yearns for peace and a better life has contributed to this profound turning point. We all have made a difference.

A just-published book, "The Better Angels of Our Nature" by Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker, documents this accomplishment. Education is key to humanity stepping out of the primordial mass of violence some thousands of years ago.

Luke 2:10 relates an angel's message: "I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people." The angels were ecstatic to declare "good will to men;" they may have been looking at the bigger picture, time spans may be different for angels, you think? Still, the message is clear.

So now, we as a human species have reached a turning point. Therefore, be of good cheer. We can celebrate what's right with the world. Be uplifted and share your joy. Peace shall prevail.

Yes, there is more work to do and we can do it, encouraged with this worldwide accomplishment. The Golden Rule can help keep it simple: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Another thought, this from writer Oscar Sanchez: "Peace is not the product of a victory, or a command. It has no finishing line, no final deadline, no fixed definition of achievement. Peace is a never-ending process, the work of many decisions."

I would add, "and the work of many teachers," for we all are teachers one to another. We educate each other; education being the catalyst for bringing more peace and good will to our world. Remember, the everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the agony of the headlines.