CHAPTER 15THE KUMBAYA FALLACY

Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world.

All things break. And all things can be mended.

Not with time, as they say, but with intention.

So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally.

The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.

L.R. KNOST

“How are you going to make world peace? Sit around singing ‘Kumbaya’?”

That’s a popular comeback from skeptics when they hear I do peacebuilding for a living.

For those of you unfamiliar with the reference, “Kumbaya” was a popular campfire song in the sixties. Imagine people with long hair, flowers in their headbands, sitting around a campfire holding hands, as someone gently strums the guitar singing:

Kumbaya, my Lord, Kumbaya.

Kumbaya, ...

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