Peace, Justice and Liberty: More Messy Verbs Than Holy Nouns

People often think of having peace, justice or liberty, as if they were things. Some think of these as harmonious states of being that should be provided by the government, and others view them as ongoing struggles in which they are righteous participants. But perhaps we should see these three as opposing forces that need each other for balance, and that the balancing is our fraught co-responsibility.

Kevin Geiger has worked in regional planning in Vermont for 30 years. He also spent a few years with the National Park Service as a wildland firefighter. He is the town moderator for Pomfret, where he lives, and is a sporadic member of the North Universalist Chapel Society in Woodstock. He is a decent cook, devoted gardener, chatty apple pruner, ex soccer coach turned referee, good husband, proud father of two, and is half dog. He thinks a lot.