Posted on Wednesday, November 23 at 13:28 by Diogenes
Last week, an Italian video about Fallujah was released on the Internet. I hesitated before viewing it. I knew the effect was going to be devastating. And yet, I knew that avoiding the reality would be cowardice and cowardice is a quality I cannot abide. And so, with choiceless awareness, I allowed the nightmare into my day. I can only struggle for ways to describe the sickening feeling that overcame me. To say it was disturbing is a horrendous understatement. To say it was devastating is to minimize the impact. I am merely reduced to shaking my head in despair and looking with sorrow at what the human race has become. Have we lost our reverence for life? Have we ever owned it? Am I a fool to trust that deep within each of us lies a place that is rarely visited; a place where hate, anger and self-indulgence are unwelcome; a place where compassion dwells. Can you trust that such a place exists and it is accessible? Can you understand that if we do not get to know this place intimately, we are indeed a doomed species? Yes, the world is filled with anger, hatred and injustice. I hear the cries of people as they point their fingers at the assumed "culprits" and assure themselves that their rants are part of the solution. And yet, I believe quite the opposite. Can you hear what I am saying? I am saying that such words are part of the problem. I am stating that we are all responsible. Yes, all of us!!! And unless we assume that responsibility, nothing will change. WE are the problem and WE are the solution. To target "the other" is both the depth of unconsciousness and the height of dishonesty. Please understand. I am not in the least minimizing the situation that exists on Planet Earth in these more than troubled times. But Planet Earth is merely a reflection of each one of us. It is merely a mirror that has been provided for us. Don't turn away. Look. Look at your innermost beauty and your innermost ugliness. Keep your eyes focused on that mirror, forget the distractions, forget the elevision, forget the desires of the physical body. Learn the trick of the mirror. Look, if only for a minute, at yourself. Look at your behavior. Look with eyes that can see. Peel away the veil of defensiveness. Look at how you treat your fellow human beings. Do you feel that these behaviors are unrelated to the behaviors in the Middle East? Look at your reaction to the people with whom you disagree. Look at your reaction to the people who appear different. Look at how you treat people in need. Look at how you treat the people who consciously or unconsciously offend you. Listen to how you talk to people with whom you disagree. Get to know your tyrant. Get to know your dictator. Where is the fascist now? Look in the mirror. Life is so incredibly precious, and moment by moment it is slipping away. Moment by moment you are contributing to the hatred, anger and violence on this planet, and just because dead bodies are not lying in front of you, do not doubt for one minute the violent effect of what you are doing. There is not a minute to waste. The time is now and it always has been and always will be now. Feel the urgency. This is the time to put an end to the violence. This is the time to be truly alive. When we are truly alive, everything we do or touch is a miracle. When we are truly alive, we can appreciate and honor the beauty of life. When we are truly alive, we will do everything in our power to protect life. ALL life. "If a man loses his reverence for any part of life, he will lose his reverence for all of life." -- Albert Schweitzer Copyright 2005: Judy Andreas [Proofreader's note: this article was edited for spelling and typos on November 23, 2005]


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