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GULLIVER'S TRAVELS - January 18, 2007

Have you read Gulliver’s Travels lately? It is a story that was written by Jonathan Swift in 1726, but can still be found in all of the electronic forms that delight young children. It is a story about love, fear of the unknown, power struggles, and a silly war between two countries.

Gulliver is shipwrecked on an island and drags himself onto the beach. He is so exhausted that he falls asleep. Tiny people called Lilliputians inhabit the island and their town crier discovers Gulliver. The rumor is spread that Gulliver is a spy, so they tie him up while he is sleeping.

There are two kings, King Little and King Bombo, whose children, Princess Glory and Prince David, are deeply in love and planning to be married. Both kings insist on their own choice of a wedding song. David’s father, King Bombo, declares war. The two lovers are devastated and the island is in an uproar.

Gulliver wins the hearts of the little people with his kindness, but the King’s spies were ordered to kill Gulliver with his own gun. David jumps on the gun and prevents the murder, but he and the gun both fall in a deep ravine.

Gulliver rescues the tiny Prince David and lectures the sad kings by telling them, “Look what you have done. You have both been thoughtless and selfish. We can settle this in peace by combining both songs. We can turn hateful feelings into a melody.”

Does this relate to us today? We need to look for alternate ways to deal with conflict, not only with other countries, but in our own community, county and, yes, even in our own minds and hearts. People will always disagree, but let us bring our differences into the open without gossip and hate. We are all Calhouners. We have come together in times of trouble to give assistance. We can make a difference.

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