Soul repair is how we hold on to our own humanity and how, at the same time, we can face the unbearable truths of who we can be in war. It requires us to engage the difficult truths of war and our relationship to it, a process that is at once both individual and collective. It is about “re-membering,” the truth of what we did and who we are, so that we might reweave our moral fiber as people and as a nation.
In accepting our moral responsibility for the many devastations of war, we may begin an honest reassessment and renewal of our relationship to our own humanity, to each other, to the rest of the world, and to all that sustains life. We come to know another way to live is possible. In “Soldiers of Conscience,” Joshua Casteel affirmed “I have a different picture of tomorrow’s humanity and I want to be involved in creating that.”

Adapted excerpt from Soul Repair by Rita Nakashima Brock and Gabriella Lettini. Copyright © 2012 by Rita Nakashima Brock and Gabriella Lettini. Reprinted by permission of Beacon Press, Boston.

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