… Taken from an electronic interchange between three friends discussing the role of America and Islamic Terrorist Groups in shaping the violent world we live in.
I appreciate honesty and appreciate being informed of where we stand as a global society. Sometimes in my world, I do believe that human beings are becoming more compassionate with one another… and that change is not only happening around me, but within me. Since I have acknowledged this path, I have met the most incredible men and women dedicated to tackling the greatest challenge of our time. I revere these individuals as my heroes. Sometimes I get so deep in my work – that I forget how the rest of the world thinks. I appreciate the reminders.
I believe that if any mass change will occur – it will have to begin here, with me. The passion for change will have to come from individuals who do have the freedom and the liberty to demand progress. As you mentioned, the oppressed, the repressed, and the naive will have little opportunity to stand beyond their walls and ask for a new fortress. It is us, those who have the financial freedom, those who have tasted social freedom that will be able to “fix” things for the rest. It must begin in the United States – what other country is in a position to gather its technological, its financial, and its political influence to offer assistance to the rest of the world. Currently we surpass every other county in military expenditures by at least 6.5 times. Our sphere of influence is so strong that we have the power to persuade even the United Nations to take action on our behalf. Some say that every person on the planet should have the right to vote for the president of the United States!
When will we realize the awesome potential of our power? When will we use this power to eradicate poverty, and hunger? When will we utilize this power to create a long term path towards compassion and good will for all humankind?
The current process of waging war has not worked since the beginning of time. What makes us think that it will work now? How many more youngsters do we need to orphan? And when these youngsters grow up to be the new leaders for new terrorist organizations, will we realize the error of our ways or will we continue to wage endless battles while the IMF and the World Bank continue to dish out loans for military expenditures.
But change is not only needed abroad. It is also needed at home. An executive at a Global Firm makes over 400 times more than someone making minimum wage – in this country. This is not an America v.s. A Particular Religion issue – this is how we value money over equality. Enron, Qualcomm and numerous other company executives are just the best of breed in a society that values the greed of the individual over the happiness of all.
All these issues result for one illusion. The belief that we are somehow separate from our environments… but that is a deeper discussion on life itself. Study a piece of paper and see if you can see the clouds. A piece of paper can be traced to wood – to a tree – to the rain – to the cloud. As such, every being and every action is part of an intricate web of cause and effect. The Sun, the Moon, the Clouds, the Plants, the Ocean all represent this peaceful intricate co-existence. Every life form is dedicated to this peaceful co-existence. Human Kind, being the intelligent being that it is, could be in a position to protect and enjoy this co-existence… we are however, the only species set out to destroy.
It starts with each individual. Placing blame on other groups will not lead to change – it will only lead to the escalation of commitment. We must realize that the change is needed within. Why do we have this orgiastic need to watch violence and engage in violent behavior. Every thought, word and deed is somehow layered with this need. It controls our topics of debate, the televisions shows we watch, how we talk to our friends. It exists in the Islamic Terrorists, it exists in our Government, it exists in you, and in me. If we cannot control that urge in ourselves – how can we set the example for the rest of the world. The enemy is not any specific group, or any specific religion – the enemy is hate… and it exists within us all.
I apologize if my views or sentiments bother anyone – I am one man among millions that are working to make a difference. I know that for some of us this is entertainment or an academic where we experience much joy in the back and forth debates of why the world is the way it is – to me it is life’s purpose, it is ecstasy. Exercise
“It seems that we have an impressive understanding of the past yet very little vision for the future.”
Peace to you, both my brothers. I love you unconditionally, I love you equally.