Through Knowledge Peace

Linndale Peace Memorial (Google Street View)

December 28, 2017. Cleveland is in a deep freeze. It seems to have come about a month early this winter. The weather service forecasts the cold spell to run for at least another week. I am driving through icy, slushy streets. But it's mostly sunny, though by the rays of a low-arching winter sun. I see one car that looks like it has just been washed. The rest have a road salt glaze.

I am driving from a Target store to the next stop on my shopping run. The shoppers at the store seemed fairly cheerful. A family went by, the children chattering. A boy, guided by his father, had found a good toy for his Christmas money. A man walked in front of me, and said, "Excuse me." A floor clerk directed me to the perfume department, and called ahead to have another clerk meet me there. The other clerk researched and found that the store didn't carry what I was looking for, but that it was available on Amazon. These are Americans, my people. We live in "the land of the free."

I am driving on the Interstate, further into the city. I think about some of the ways our freedom is threatened by the Trump Administration. For instance, just two weeks ago Trump's FCC ordered away our internet freedom, giving total control of your connection to your ISP. Under the order, which repeals net neutrality, the information you can get or post will be at the pleasure of the ISP. Another threat to freedom is war, when the powers that be beat the drum for the populace to abandon their pursuits and line up behind the president. Trump's over-the-top saber rattling, his downgrading of the State Department and diplomacy, his support of Saudi Arabia's genocidal attack on the Houthis in Yemen, with little doubt, make more war more likely. Another threat to freedom is in the ignorance or denial of science. The Trump administration -- criminally, to my mind -- fights climate change science, and strives for more fossil fuel burning. And it is withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, the foremost worldwide effort to zero-out greenhouse gas release. As our warmer planet produces greater and greater calamities, the nation -- and the world -- must turn to relief and recovery, rather than progress in infrastructure and the general welfare.

I exit the freeway, go up the ramp and come to a stop. Across the street I notice, for the first time, a sign for the municipality of Linndale. I had only known Linndale for the notorious speed trap it had run for many years on the quarter-mile or so stretch of freeway that ran through it. Now, I see Linndale as a real place. I read the rest of the sign:

Through knowledge ... peace.

I guess that's the motto of this tiny village. But, wouldn't it be a good one now for the whole nation? "E pluribus unum," and "Through knowledge peace."


Linndale Peace Memorial soldier statue (Google Street View)
The Linndale Peace Memorial stands at the end of the Avenue of Peace, the longest street in Linndale, population 179.

Monument to war dead by Savo Savich. Inscribed "Through Knowledge Peace," "Peace to Mankind," and "Peace on Earth." At time of dedication, Linndale's main street was renamed Avenue of Peace.

Ohio Outdoor Sculpture Inventory:

The 9-foot high statue is cast in bronze and standing on a 6-foot high pedestal. The front of the pedestal reads, "Through Knowledge Peace." Standing on a globe is a young soldier who has thrown his gun under his feet. Holding high the book of knowledge he was reading, a dove flies out with an olive branch of peace. On the globe, through clouds is the history of mankind's warfare, from sticks and stones , through spears and cavaliers, to guns and bombs. An adjacent wall is shaped as an open book with plaques inscribed with the names of soldiers killed in Vietnam. On the front is inscribed "Peace to Mankind" and "Peace on Earth." (“Peace Memorial,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture Inventory, accessed December 31, 2017)


Image: Linndale Peace Memorial (Google Street View)

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By Quinn Hungeski,, Copyright (CC BY-ND) 2017

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Lookout's picture

...but there must be a desire. We have not had the desire for a long time...decades in fact.

Why? Because our capitalist culture is based on making money, and when it comes to promoting war, we're number one!


Lovely statue and sentiment. If only we were seeking knowledge and peace!

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

Song of the lark's picture

Some war weary liberal no doubt thought it up. Its not true at all as far as I’m concerned... maybe in a zen way sitting in seiza.
Knowledge is doubling ever more rapidly. And in fact it is the “experts” and the religion of progress that has got us into our current insane living arrangements. So I ask you in the new year. What kind of knowledge? The kind that looks at a road and says “what a great place for a speed trap” so good for asset stripping. Or the kind of self reflective knowledge that can admit to ourselves that we are seriously deluded and nearly insane... we need a new path forward.

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hungeski's picture

@Song of the lark It could be the knowledge of another people's culture that makes you less likely to follow the neo-con that wants to blow it up.

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"We dance round in a ring and suppose, But the Secret sits in the middle and knows." - Robert Frost

QMS's picture

@Song of the lark with you on the over abundance of factoids. know-how is of less value without a way to implement the pervasive truths to change this miasma. Selective acceptance helps sort out the chaff from the grains.

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Listen to your higher mind.

someone didn't get the memo, that Trump is not the font of all evil (only it's greatest distributor)
It was Obama that signed the "voluntary" (as in lip service only) Paris Inadequate Anyway Accord, ("There, I've told the oil companies to cut it out. Now go away.")and net neutrality was only installed in something like 2013. Now before 2013 ISPs weren't choking the internet (that started in 2015) and they weren't censoring the internet (that started in 2016) - and it was McCarthyism that started that, which is a Democratic plot to destabilize the US. Trump is just their stalking horse.
Ascribing all evil to Trump just feeds and makes inevitable the RWNJ backlash.

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A PROUD Hillary hater since 1993

yellopig's picture

We sometimes don't remember who we've been: people who thought that maybe knowledge would lead us to peace.

We also forget that public art is meant not to be factual, but to be aspirational, to uplift the citizens and remind us to keep our eyes on the prize (pardon the borrowing).

At some point, somebody in that little town thought that maybe, just maybe, the things we learn over time could make life better, and give us peace, rather than be used to harm and harass and torture each other (and ourselves). Knowledge can be a two-edged blade, it's true. That just means we have to be careful in its application.

So I take this monument as a quiet reminder of who we can be, regardless of what we are at the moment. And thank you for showing it to us.

… With all its sham, drudgery & broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.

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“We may not be able to change the system, but we can make the system irrelevant in our lives and in the lives of those around us.”—John Beckett

hungeski's picture

@yellopig Ever onward!

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"We dance round in a ring and suppose, But the Secret sits in the middle and knows." - Robert Frost