Saturday, July 09, 2005

Saturday, July 9, 2005
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Chiron Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Sunny and cool

It was so cool in the night that I had to get up half way through and rummage for another blanket. I’m certainly not complaining – I would much rather have cool weather than hot weather!

I was thoroughly soaked by the time I got to the theatre. Fortunately, enough of the laundry was done so I could toss in my wet clothes – even my shoes! – and dry out. Nothing like warm, dry shoes and socks on a wet day to perk one right up.

The atmosphere on the train both in and out of Manhattan was quite tense. As soon as we hit the tunnel to get into Grand Central – silence. Coming out, the train was absolutely quiet until we cleared the tunnel, then relieved chatter and nervous laughter broke out.

Everyone’s bracing for the next attack.

A friend asked, on her blog, “When will the terrorists go away?” They won’t go away. They have to be removed and stripped of their power. The challenge is to find a way to do so without lowering ourselves to their level.

I can understand personal vengeance. Person A does something direct that personally harms Person B and Person B responds. I don’t agree that it is always justified, but it is understandable. Terrorism – the policy of mass murder of people who did not directly cause the problem to the actual people who perform the acts, but are merely representational of a theory/ideology that the terrorist is convinced is real and justified is NEVER justified.

We’ve grown to think of Peace as a passive concept. Those who like to break and destroy property just to do so in the name of “Peace” (such as many of the so-called protestors at the G-8, most of whom don’t even understand what the G-8 is about; they just like to break things).

Peace is actually active, and there’s the challenge. To create peace, you have to take positive action on both physical and spiritual planes that combines intelligence (which, by definition, most terrorists lack no matter how clever their schemes are – if they were intelligent, they wouldn’t be terrorists because they would have the intellectual capability to create and promote change without using murder as a means). True workers for Peace combine intelligence, compassion, humanity, tolerance, practicality, hope, and personal responsibility.

Too many people abdicate their personal responsibility for peace and positive change. “I can’t do anything” they whine, or “I don’t have time.” Everyone can do SOMETHING in their own corner of the world to make it a better place. Because if everyone is doing something to improve their little corner, it has a ripple effect and eventually, those corners overlap. And if you’re not willing to MAKE the time, you have no one to blame but yourself.

It doesn’t mean becoming a doormat and letting people walk all over you or do whatever they want and you just take it. It means knowing, deep in your soul, your personal integrity and living that on a daily basis. Not shoving it down anyone else’s throat, but living it yourself and leading by example.

That’s what we need, and that’s what we sorely lack. With feeling under constant siege and threat of attack, it becomes ever harder. I fail quite frequently. The more I commute, the less I live up to my own principles of peace. I lash out less at annoying people, but I do fight back in not always the most positive way when someone pushes too hard.

That’s the challenge. Finding a way to stand strongly and hold firmly without reflecting that which we try to fight.

Not quite sure how to do it yet, but I’m trying!

Devon
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2 Comments:

At 8:28 PM, Blogger Ann said...

This is beautiful...and so true.

(and, btw, this new blog look is great!)

 
At 11:51 PM, Blogger Michelle Miles said...

I love this: It means knowing, deep in your soul, your personal integrity and living that on a daily basis.

LOVE the new look! It's very soothing. :)

 

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