Peace is forever on our lips, but never in our hands. Our daily life is consumed with violence – shootings at a high school, war in Iraq, the evening “news,” murder mysteries and television shows that take us into the autopsy room. We are overwhelmed with violence, and the growing societal hunger for vicarious violence is little understood.
The Fourth Army invites a new look at the events of World War II and its meaning for our future. This book asks the question of whether we will survive for one more generation, and if so, what kind of society we will have built. Combining elements of psychology, morality, history, theology and faith, the Fourth Army demands that we fully understand the role of Europe’s Jews in resisting the Nazi onslaught and that we then determine how to arrest the growing tidal wave of political and domestic violence that threatens to swamp our society.
This reflection invites you to start to roll back the invidious waves of violence and pseudo-violence that accosts you from every side, and asks you to “plowshare” your life, to literally start beating your own swords into plowshares in every aspect of your life and social surroundings.