Like many of you, my wish at this year's end is for greater peace on this Earth.
I won't expect miracles any time soon with our "stay the course" policy in the Middle East, so my prayer, perhaps when there is a lull in the killing, is for greater understanding between the people of this Earth. If that seems too general, or perhaps a little on the grandiose side, let me refine it a little.
My prayer is that religious fundamentalists the world over recede into the background of their rigid orthodoxy and move aside for a core of believers who carry banners of tolerance and understanding. From the time that I have been able to think for myself I have been wary of individuals, and of organizations, that proclaim a corner on the truth, or who want to direct us all along the one and only path (their path) to enlightenment.