2001-09-29 / Columnists

The Inner Voice by Marilyn Gelfand

The Inner Voice by Marilyn Gelfand

The events of the last few weeks have horrified and terrified us. We can’t control terrorists no matter how smart we are. There can always be new enemies even if we kill some or if they kill themselves. We are facing the uncontrollable destroyer on our own home ground. We know how a natural disaster brings people together to repair the damage left in its wake, but this situation is something so much more horrible that a natural disaster. When people seek revenge or hate, it continues a vicious cycle that goes around and around forever. It isn’t just one occurrence. It can mean forever. Generations are taught to hate the enemy from birth. When one’s family has been killed, the overwhelming pain seeks an outlet, and it is understandable to retaliate.

We are dealing with true believers whose energy is fixed in one direction, the destruction of the enemy. It is rare that terrorists benefit from their acts of violence. It really does not help their cause and they willingly give up their own lives. We see all over the world people seeking revenge for deaths or the recapture of land. It goes back and forth between tribes or regions or individuals. Some people believe that if I give the enemy what he wants, he will go away. Rather, the enemy then wants more and more and more. As long as there is one person on Earth who wants to take another person’s energy, the imbalance will exist, and once, given this energy, the other person wants it again and again. There may be no boundaries unless others fight back or say, "no more."

Perhaps, some day the Earth will be a place where each person sustains himself and his own energy. The Earth can be a place with room for each individual where joy of others can be for pleasure, and not for conquest. However, this has not happened yet. Now, we must help those who have lost loved ones, those who have been traumatized, many of whom have lost their livelihood, be there for those who are shaky with an unknown future. It is time to reach out with love to help people to go on. Our faith in the universe/God’s big picture is what gives us the strength to trust our own instincts and believe that we can survive this period in history.

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