Saturday, July 29, 2006

II. Do As You Are Done?

The realization that another person wishes to harm and hurt you cannot undermine genuine compassion—a compassion based on the clear recognition of that person as someone who has the natural and instinctual desire to seek happiness and overcome suffering, just like oneself.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

These thugs knew no limit. They captured planes and flew them and all the passenger right into the emblem of Wealth and Trade in the American Century. Thousands of people died, tens of thousands mourned: they had all lost 'a loving mother, a kind father, an innocent child, a helpful friend' (Inayat Khan). A nation was shaken.

Some called it war – some called it crime and depending on the call would advise the antidote and cure.

The Christian world decided to trust a tribal statement: an eye for an eye won. There was not only the necessity to punish and revenge, but also precaution had to be taken to prevent any repetition of the incident.

And we were told: we had to make our world safer. We had to reconsider. The world 'after' was not the world 'before' – the rules had been broken by 'them' and anyhow: would these 'old' rules suffice to insure our safety?

If they brutally murdered our innocent – what were they to expect from us? What could they expect from us? Honestly! Do as you are done!



Blogger The Heathlander said...

You're right - 9/11 was used as a license to torture and terrorise and violate international by regimes around the globe, from Russia to Israel to Turkey to the UK and US.

Suddenly, because terrorist attacks happened on 'our' soil, and 'we' were being killed, there was a huge manufactured paradigm shift. The rules of the games had changed. Perhaps the game itself had changed.

Of course, in reality it was all nonsense. Fear was used to justify oppression - the oldest and dirtiest trick in the book.

12:13 PM  
Blogger Marcella Chester said...

The new world view doesn't look so modern when it can be described exactly in old-fashioned terms. Thanks for pointing that out.

12:13 PM  
Blogger The Heathlander said...

You wanna do the next one at half past? I need a bit longer to finish mine (damn 'puter keeps freezing).

12:14 PM  
Blogger Per said...

Will I get a schedule for #III to VII - or will I just 'sense' the right time? I've saved'em as a draft now...

12:16 PM  
Blogger The Heathlander said...

Nop, you'll have to get a schedule. When do you think the best time for a break would be? Between posts 4 and 5 or 3 and 4 or what?

12:19 PM  
Blogger The Heathlander said...

I think you should post the next on at half past. Then I'll post after that. That'll take us up to 1pm. After that, if no-one else wants the 1.30 slot, we'll start with yours again. Sound good?

12:21 PM  
Blogger Per said...

I would LOVE a break after #4 and there also could be a shorter break after #3...:D

12:22 PM  
Blogger Per said...

Just to clarify: I will take #3 at 12:30 and #4 at 13:39?

12:24 PM  
Blogger The Heathlander said...

Yes (although I assume you meant 13:30 as opposed to 13:39).

12:25 PM  
Blogger Per said...

Yea! To many fingers on one key ;) #5,6,7 better in a row?

12:28 PM  
Blogger The Heathlander said...

Yeh - but not necessarily straight after #4. We'll see closer to the time.

So, how is everybody holding up? I've exhausted my pack of Maltesers, and my bowl of pistachio nuts (unsalted, unfortunately).

Who is currently here, by the way?

12:29 PM  
Blogger Per said...

Let`s have a real break after #4 - maybe two hours?

12:30 PM  
Blogger The Heathlander said...

Yeh, OK. But when you return, maybe put a link back to #4, if they are connected.

12:34 PM  
Blogger El Mas Chingón said...

I just got back. I had to make a memoriam post on my GFAFC blog.

12:40 PM  
Blogger El Mas Chingón said...

Heathlander, put me down for 14:00. I just found a Fox News article I guarantee will piss everyone off.

12:53 PM  
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