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MONDAY SEPTEMBER 17
World War III?
People keep asking me the same questions. "Is this the start of World War III?" "Is this the beginning of the end?" The answer, in both cases, is no. I have said, many times, that in 2001, our world would start to alter beyond recognition. I knew this change would be stirred by something big and dramatic but I hoped the trigger would be inspiration - not devastation. I was wrong about that but I am not wrong about this: despite all the threats, fears and feelings which now run so high, we are watching the last few furious breaths of a dying dragon. It may yet scorch more of us but its strength is waning. Hatred was the way of the last millennium. It will not be the way of the new one.
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TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 18
One week later
Exactly one week later, there is an awful lot of rage in the world. This was cold, callous and cruel; beyond words, beyond understanding, beyond belief. Should we now be afraid? No. But we should be aware. We are not without choice in the way that the future unfolds. Of course, justice must be done and further atrocities must be prevented. But as we seek to ensure this, we should also seek peace, wisdom, enlightenment and compassion. And we should remember something. It is one thing to have no fear of death. It is quite another to have no respect for life. We are not terrorists. We must strive not to follow that ugly example.
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 19
I am grateful to the many people who have emailed me the words below. They were posted on an internet Bulletin board, the day after the attack, by Deepak Chopra, a world renowned author and writer of spiritual wisdom. With his permission, we now reprint them here. I hope they touch you as they have touched me.
"A Deeper Wounding"
Posted by Deepak Chopra, M.D. on Wednesday, Sep-12-01 at 05:19 PM (EST) on the Institute of Noetic Sciences website discussion board about the attack.
As fate would have it, I was leaving New York on a jet flight that took off 45 minutes before the unthinkable happened. By the time we landed in Detroit, chaos had broken out. When I grasped the fact that American security had broken down so tragically, I couldn't respond at first.
My wife and son were also in the air on separate flights, one to Los Angeles, one to San Diego. My body went absolutely rigid with fear. All I could think about was their safety, and it took several hours before I found out that their flights had been diverted and both were safe.
Strangely, when the good news came, my body still felt that it had been hit by a truck. Of its own accord it seemed to feel a far greater trauma that reached out to the thousands who would not survive and the tens of thousands who would survive only to live through months and years of hell.
And I asked myself,
Why didn't I feel this way last week?
Why didn't my body go stiff during the bombing of Iraq or Bosnia?
Around the world my horror and worry are experienced every day. Mothers weep over horrendous loss, civilians are bombed mercilessly, refugees are ripped from any sense of home or homeland.
Why did I not feel their anguish enough to call a halt to it?
As we hear the calls for tightened American security and a fierce military response to terrorism, it is obvious that none of us has any answers. However, we feel compelled to ask some questions.
Everything has a cause, so we have to ask,
What was the root cause of this evil?
We must find out not superficially but at the deepest level.
There is no doubt that such evil is alive all around the world and is even celebrated.
Does this evil grow from the suffering and anguish felt by people we don't know and therefore ignore?
Have they lived in this condition for a long time?
One assumes that whoever did this attack feels implacable hatred for America. Why were we selected to be the focus of suffering around the world?
All this hatred and anguish seems to have religion at its basis. Isn't something terribly wrong when jihads and wars develop in the name of God?
Isn't God invoked with hatred in Ireland, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Israel, Palestine, and even among the intolerant sects of America?
Can any military response make the slightest difference in the underlying cause?
Is there not a deep wound at the heart of humanity?
If there is a deep wound, doesn't it affect everyone?
When generations of suffering respond with bombs, suicidal attacks, and biological warfare,
Who first developed these weapons?
Who sells them?
Who gave birth to the satanic technologies now being turned against us?
If all of us are wounded, will revenge work?
Will punishment in any form toward anyone solve the wound or aggravate it?
Will an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, and limb for a limb, leave us all blind, toothless and crippled?
Tribal warfare has been going on for two thousand years and has now been magnified globally. Can tribal warfare be brought to an end?
Is patriotism and nationalism even relevant anymore, or is this another form of tribalism?
What are you and I as persons going to do about what is happening?
Can we afford to let the deeper wound fester any longer?
Everyone is calling this an attack on America, but is it not a rift in our collective soul?
Isn't this an attack on civilization from without that is also from within?
When we have secured our safety once more and cared for the wounded, after the period of shock and mourning is over, it will be time for soul searching. I only hope that these questions are confronted with the deepest spiritual intent. None of us will feel safe again behind the shield of military might and stockpiled arsenals.
There can be no safety until the root cause is faced. In this moment of shock I don't think anyone of us has the answers. It is imperative that we pray and offer solace and help to each other.
But if you and I are having a single thought of violence or hatred against anyone in the world at this moment, we are contributing to the wounding of the world.
Love Deepak Chopra, M.D.
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 20
Some thoughts - collected over the past few days, in various emails from various people. "Instead of rebuilding those towers, they should now create a memorial peace garden." "Instead of dropping bombs on Afghanistan, they should drop packages; of food, clothing and newspapers. The people there are desperately hungry, poor and disaffected. Feed them, tell them what's going on - and they'll happily help the fight against terrorism." And finally, my personal favourite. "We need counselling. All of us. Urgently. Because after watching the horror on live TV, six billion people are now suffering Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome."
Tomorrow, we take a look at how astrologers across the world now see the future. We ask; what hope for "The three Rs"? Retaliation, recession and resolution.
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 21
Retaliation, recession and resolution and Behind the Signs
Today, we take a look at how astrologers across the world now see the future. We ask; what hope for "The three Rs"? Retaliation, recession and resolution. Click here to read their interpretations.
Behind the Signs: The four most significant dates in the astrological calendar are the spring and autumn equinoxes and the summer and winter solstices. They fall at precise three-month intervals, slicing the wheel of the year into neat quarters. Today will be as long as tonight. We have reached the autumn equinox and from this point on, until the winter solstice on December 21, nights will be longer than days. As the Sun moves into a new sign, Libra, this weekend we see the start of a new season of hope.
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