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Terror is the new leisure. We have become so accustomed to the word being used all over the world to describe atrocities, political take overs, and now the rising stars of the terror world, ISIS. The meaning has become scattered and diluted, so now that real sociopathic mobs roam the desert with intent to do massive destruction we have no new way to describe what they do. We have allowed fear and loathing to become part of everyday living. While I am personally glad I am not in a position to direct military or political policy I do see a reason for declaring exactly what we are doing (besides fear and loathing) with our military might. When war is actually declared there is incentive to negotiate peace and end the war. By free styling war with no declarations we have gathered new enemies and spread distrust all over the globe. I have objected and protested publicly against war since I was a teenager, but in all that time the government has never had the guts to declare one. We are just participating in one huge covert operation that changes frequently and irrationally as we become less popular.
John McCain and I have never agreed before and will not be likely to do so in the future. I usually think my Senator from Arizona is a paranoid militaristic dweeb with too many houses. If a bunch of violent punks can declare themselves to be a sovereign nation and run rampant over rule of law the United States needs to declare SOMETHING!!! Are we bullies? Are we cowardly? Are we completely out of touch with reality? I think yes to all of the above questions. I personally think this is more than a decisive moment in history. It is pivotal now to stop this armageddon warm up before momentum takes us to a new world order that we can’t imagine.
What terrifies me is the idea that our government is full of self serving and dishonest people who have no will to act. I am not naming any names because there is no individual responsible. It is a culture that tells us to “support our troops” without telling us what those troops are really doing and why. Going to war is serious business, but going straight to hell because we won’t declare war or peace terrifies me.
What is a spiritual crisis? They are all over the biblical stories and the parables we are taught about heroes. Some power that is not explained in the regular time bound reality has an influence on the character. Through hardship, or magic, or stressful change the hero, or the hero people, become stronger than the force that had power over them. There must be a zillion versions of this in video gaming. Comic superhero figures and stories are based on supernatural battles in altered states with magical super powers thrown into the mix. We see our religion and entertainment in terms of spiritual crisis pending or resolving, or causing trauma. Why do we think of our everyday world as void of spiritual energy? What makes us draw a line between reality and spirit? Why do we think only shamans or monks have obligations to the spirit world? Just as prayer and meditation will not repair the roof, tar and roofing tiles alone will not restore peace and security inside a home that has been bombed. Everyone has both an earthly reality to tend and a higher meaning to life.
Looking at world events as evolving from a spiritual rather than scientific or political causes might change the way we act and react. Our own souls have certain obligations or tasks that coincide with the talents we have been given. It is time to find right livelihood and spend our time and energy uplifting those who need help and who are seeking spiritual guidance. At the end of life, no matter how and when that comes, we will not be concerned about how many insignificant tasks we have completed or how many hours we put on the clock doing busy work. We will wonder if we have done what we have the talent to do, and if we have contributed the gift that was ours to create. Much ado is being made about the suicide of Robin Williams this week. Without diagnosing him or making light of all the circumstances (which I don’t know) I see this incident as a crisis of spirit, like the wars around the world. It makes me sad, but I view it as a call for profound change. We need to shift our outlook, about 2 octaves higher.