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Now and Forever the Deepest Cause

Now and Forever the Deepest Cause

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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?

Love.
Linda & Gary
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PULLING THE ROOT OF VIOLENCE

PULLING THE ROOT OF VIOLENCE

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The deaths of the children and adults who tried to protect them in the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut renewed the debate about how to prevent this kind of violence. How to prevent yet more unpredictable killings in more schools, theaters, and malls by more unpredictable suicidal murders. Some say more gun control. Some say more school security. Some say more care for the mentally ill. Others say our culture of violence – violent movies, violent games, violent language – is the cause. Almost no one says, “Look inside ourselves.”

The origin of the violence that erupted in Newtown is in us. When I look for it in me, I always find it. If you look for it, you will find it in you, too. Kindness and cruelty, patience and impatience, forgiveness and revenge live in each of us. Which will we choose? We answer this question each moment whether or not we are aware of it. Acting with cruelty (for example, in anger), with impatience (for example, in superiority), or revenge (for example, in inferiority) creates only emotional or physical violence and destruction. What is in you is in the world. When you change yourself, you change the world. The choices you make about yourself are important. They create wars, genocides, slavery, and poverty or harmony, cooperation, sharing, and reverence for Life. If you want to change the world, you must change yourself. Every experience offers an opportunity, including your experiences of the violence in Newtown.

Love.
Linda & Gary