July 07, 2005

London, Attacked.

Honestly, the political rebel in me has so much to say about fear and freedom and distraction and excuses and retaliation.

But the rest of me just wants everyone to be ok and the killing to stop. All the killing, theirs and ours.

Reading Greene's second book, which scientifically supports Vonnegut in saying that every moment is eternal, so you will always be being born and you will always be dying and you will always, always be living in between.

It is only increasing disorder that shows us what meaning time has.

An Extended Response:

"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality."

- Desmond Tutu

(Posted on a group-email list to which I belong, and to which I responded with the following.)

Please believe me when I say I am not trying to be stubborn or hurtful, and that I agree whole-heartedly with that quote.

The only thing is that first we must understand the nature of injustice. Realize that Islamic extremists see the world as locked in a battle of Good and Evil, in which the industrial nations, with their abuse and eploitation, represent Evil--the *worst* thing we could do (and have unfortunately done thus far) is to declare that they are right, that there IS a war between absolute Good and absolute Evil (but that we happen to be the ones on the right side). We step into their way of defining the world. We allow fear and violence to rule our lives. And, in our position of power, we use fear and violence not only against our enemies, but against ourselves, as an aid to greed and isolation.

To be neutral is different from refusing to enter a war that does not need to happen. If we see rightly, we see that we are both the elephant and the mouse, that we are ALL just human beings trying to justify an existence of suffering (material or existential, Third World or First) by creating a war in which we can feel noble for it, rather than only victims. Please, respond to violence and injustice with love and hope, instead of fear and revenge. Pray for those in Iraq, as well as those in London--pray for all who are dying needlessly. Love even your enemies.


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