I wish that we could raise our consciousness to the point that we have solutions for violence that do not include further violence. There seem to be two schools of thought on FB right now about Paris, one is we should bomb the perpetrators into primordial ooze or sit on our ass and think good thoughts (This includes superimposing tricolors on profile photos). Albert Einstein once said “we cannot solve a problem with the same level of consciousness that created it”. Over the history of mankind, violence seems to have been part of human nature. We attack, we defend, we criticize, we kill, and we seek revenge. That is the history of humanity. To make matters worse, it appears that a few influential super rich banking families finance wars because they make huge profits financing both sides of the conflict. Everyone points to World War II as the justification for stopping terrorism; they claim that without violence we would not have been able to stop Hitler. The story is not that simple. The world was much different then except in one respect, the level of misinformation seems to have increased.
We have the Internet now, which is both a blessing and a curse because we do have more information but we also have more disinformation. Everything is filtered through unreliable sources, spin control and out right lies told to influence public opinion (i.e. weapons of mass destruction). Our clandestine security services have run amok in the world, creating and training junk yard dogs trained to kill and maim in support of a cause and then loosing those dogs upon an unsuspecting world. It has happened over and over again. We have found the enemy and it is us. So what can we do?
The first suggestion is to write to your various public representatives and demand the truth. Open the doors on the clandestine covert operations that have repeatedly ended up biting us in the ass and killing innocent people, all in the name of national security. Wishing it isn’t so, sending white light, and joining prayer groups simply is not enough. We have to start exercising peaceful civil disobedience but first we have to discover who is at the bottom of this insanity. I suspect it is us.
The second suggestion is to stop electing the people who are perpetuating the problem. Limit terms. Make Congress fiscally responsible. Eliminate funding for unaccountable and secret government agencies. If we want to heal this problem, we have to make the government transparent. We have been satisfied with the fox in the hen house until, like the other chickens, people start dying.
The third suggestion is to quit labeling others and us. We have to start considering each other as one, not separated by race, religion, geography or ethnic grounds. I am not an US anything. I am a human being. When we define ourselves as being a part of a group that is separate from all of the other groups; that is where violence starts. When I compare myself to others; that is where violence starts. When I view myself as right and others as wrong; that is where violence starts.
The fourth suggestion is to scrap the Mosaic law of “an eye for an eye”. Revenge is a concept whose time has long passed. We need to focus on finding ways to prevent another Paris, not on making people pay. God and/or the universe has a much more efficient way of sorting out justice than we ever will. It is called karma.
The fifth suggestion is we need to sort out our own crap before we can go seeking revenge. The New Testament of the Bible says “you hypocrite, take the plank out of your own eye so you can see the speck in your brother’s eye”. We need to stop the violence in our own psyche. We need to find a stop the violence of prejudice in our own hearts. We need to stop criticizing others for their beliefs. We need to focus on our own paths. There are those that make good points about the fact that we haven’t done anything about violence in the world before Paris, perhaps Paris is what it took to motivate people to bring peace. What will that take?