Democratic Underground

The Enemy
October 3, 2001
by Ron Free

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The recent horrors in New York, Washington and elsewhere have left many of us feeling helpless, frustrated and dwarfed by the sheer magnitude of such disaster. The perennial question arises, what can one person do? Some evidence suggests that many people are doing a lot of honest, down-to-earth soul-searching, and that's a good place to start if we are genuinely concerned with being part of the solution instead of part of the problem.

The tragedies of September 11th are an effect of something. Nothing will be gained by looking for solutions at the level of effects. If we are to successfully "root out the evil" as President Bush has resolved to do, we must look to the realm of cause. We need look no further than the hearts and minds of human beings.

When we see images of Palestinians dancing in the streets, the Taliban and Osama bin Laden, does it fill us with murderous rage and the desire for revenge? As understandable as that may be, if America acts on such feelings, as some so-called Americans have already done against anyone with an Arabic appearance, then we are just as guilty as the "enemy," because this is precisely what motivated them. And I'm sure they felt every bit as justified for their feelings and actions because of the many acts of terrorism they feel our government has committed against them. While Americans have not exactly danced in the streets, we have, for the most part, been oblivious to their pain and suffering.

I'm not suggesting that nothing be done. Certainly action must be taken, but it must not spring from the same cesspit that spawned the atrocities. The collective consciousness of mankind is filled with all manner of ill spirits such as fear, hatred, jealousy, envy and greed. Individually we have all contributed to that morass. Is it any wonder the world is in such a mess?

Here, then, is what the proverbial one person--the one called I--can do: I can "root out the evil" from within my own mind and heart by no longer allowing these ill sprits to find expression through my thoughts, words and deeds. I can choose instead to let the light of love shine through these capacities of body, mind and heart. A wise man once said that perfect love casts out fear. Well, it casts out all the other demons too. My individual consciousness is part of the collective consciousness, so when I let this exorcism occur in me it has an immediate effect in the mass consciousness. If enough people choose to operate at this level of true cause it could have far reaching effects, perhaps even as far as Afghanistan and beyond.

Anyone care to join me?