Mark Trahant: An antidote to the ways of war
"A phenomenon hit Seattle last week. Everywhere Greg Mortenson went, people lined up to listen to his simple message about how to change the world.

A week ago at Town Hall the lines started two hours before the event. It was the same at Beacon Hill, Green Lake and Bainbridge Island. Every seat filled while more people squeezed into every available space, sitting on the floor or hearing the talk from the hallway. Hundreds of people were turned away.

What is this message that we're so ready to hear? It's the antidote to the ways of war.

Think about the way we fight terrorism. We are at war. We fear what they will do. Fear is the key word.

But there's an alternative. "If you promote peace, that's based on hope," Mortenson said at his Bainbridge talk. "The real enemy is ignorance because it's based on hatred."

Mortenson's book, "Three Cups of Tea," tells the story about how building schools -- mostly girls' schools -- is the surest way to change the world."

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Mark Trahant: Mortenson has antidote to ways of war (The Seattle Post-Intelligencer 9/30)

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