Blaming right wing politicians and commentators for the Arizona massacre, even those that are righteously brutal, cruel, and inciting to violence, deflects attention from its real cause. Blaming anyone always deflects attention from the real cause.
Like our dysfunctioning economy, schools, health care, and businesses, the killing and maiming in Arizona has a deeper and more difficult cause to address than a mentally disturbed boy-man and vicious TV analysts. They are our proxy actors. What we feel fuels them, as it fueled the young men who flew airplanes into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon.
The war on terror is a temporary solution for a problem that is not temporary and cannot be solved by previous means. The deepest cause cannot be eliminated by legislation, force of arms, or moral persuasion because it is within us.
A new understanding of power is replacing the understanding that underlies our social structures, such as education, health care, business, and economic and permeates our interpersonal structures. The old power now produces only violence and destruction.
We alone can create the new power. The change begins inside or it does not begin. And each of us must make the change in ourselves or we will continue to contribute violence to the human experience.
The old understanding is power as the ability to manipulate and control. The new understanding is power as the alignment of your personality with the highest part of yourself that you can reach for the part that intends harmony, cooperation, sharing, and reverence for Life. It is not alignment of the highest part of ourselves that we can reach for, but the highest part of YOURself.
Creating authentic power is intensely personal, entirely voluntarily, and necessary for our evolution.
Our means of evolving has changed. Our awareness is expanding.
Our responsibility for the violence in our world is becoming clear. Only we can remove it, and only in ourselves.
What will your choice be?