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Whoever examines with attention the history of the dearths and famines … will find, I believe, that a dearth never has arisen from any combination among the inland dealers in corn, nor from any other cause but a real scarcity, occasioned sometimes perhaps, and in some particular places, by the waste of war, but in by far the greatest number of cases by the fault of the seasons; and that a famine has never arisen from any other cause but the violence of government attempting, by improper means, to remedy the inconveniences of a dearth. (Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations IV.5.44)

Thursday, May 7, 2009

National Day of Prayer

Prayer is a good thing. Every religion teaches us to pray to our almighty God who has power over us. Like many Americans, Nacilbupera prays daily and feels answers to those prayers. Furthermore, Nacilbupera feels that prayer is one of the most powerful forces in the universe, and that the whole of humanity--all races, ages, tongues, and religions--can tap into this power through humility and love.

Government is not in the business to tell us how, when, or to whom we pray. Yet prayer being a good thing, government should encourage its citizens to pray. Government should also offer prayers for success and protection in its military and economic endeavors. Government should not interfere with the rights of students wishing to offer prayers (of success and protection) in their schools--this is an easy way to encourage prayer without government mandating prayer.

Nacilbupera is pleased to have a National Day of Prayer. We also feel that we don't know how to pray together as a country because we all pray in so many different manners. The closest we come is our "moments of silence" but this isn't necessarily the answer. It seems we need to overcome our prejudices of people using a rosary, a tallit, a sajada, or a statue and let us all pray together--in the same room! Let us find that our prayers have much in common that unite us! The President is the perfect American to help unite us in prayer as a country.

Nacilbupera feels Obama today rather ignored the importance of prayer rather than celebrating prayer. What a missed opportunity for good!

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