2003-08-15 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

by Marilyn Gelfand
The Inner Voice by Marilyn Gelfand

The events of the last few years have horrified and terrified us. Just about everyday there is a news report on terrorism or how to protect ourselves. We can’t control terrorists no matter how smart we are. There can always be new enemies even if we kill some or they kill themselves. We are facing the uncontrollable destroyer on our 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 than 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. Others, meantime, enjoy the power of destruction and force even though they themselves haven’t been affected personally. Small children in our world are brought up to be good fighters willing to sacrifice their own lives in an unquestioning manner. Probably many of us brought up our children to think for themselves, and to be able to make up their own minds and handle all kinds of situations as independent individuals.

In our own city we are told that 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 nations or individuals. On the other side, the appeasers believe if I give the enemy what he wants, he will then go away. Rather, the enemy then wants more and more and more. As long as there is one person on the Earth who wants to take another person’s energy, the imbalance will exist, and once given this energy, the person wants it again and again. Many people feed off the energy of others that comes to them in power kicks through intimidation. There may be no boundaries unless others fight back or say no more.

Perhaps someday 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 the joy of others can be for pleasure. Now we must help those who have lost loved ones, those who have been traumatized, many who have lost their livelihood, be there for those who are shaky with our unknown future, etc. It is a time to reach out with love to help people 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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