A close and very dear friend forwarded this to me. She is a pacifist and her blind idealism breaks my heart at times. I felt it worth responding to:Your Primary Responsibility
by Alan Cohen
A friend confided in me that he was struggling to understand his responsibility in a world obsessed with war. I told him the answer is simple: choose peace.
While you cannot control the attitudes or actions of politicians or others, you have total control over the thoughts, feelings, and energy you are exuding. If you are steeped in fear, anger, a sense of victimization, or separateness, you are contributing to the darkness.
If you hold a sense of peace, wholeness, compassion, kindness, and the presence of love, you are contributing to healing. As Kipling nobly penned, "If you can hold your head when all about you are losing theirs."
Mother Teresa was once asked to speak at an anti-war rally, and she refused. "If it were a pro-peace rally, I would attend," she explained. "But fighting against war, like fighting against anything, is just another form of war."
Ram Dass recounted that on his altar he has pictures of Christ, Buddha, and many other spiritual masters. He has recently added a photo of George W. Bush. Why? As Ram Dass explains, "Until I can find the same divinity in George W. Bush as I find in other holy beings, I am stuck. When I can see and honor his soul, then I am in a position to protest. Until then, I am ineffective."
The power of prayer and intention goes a long, long way. At any given moment the world situation is a precise expression of the consciousness of all the people who live here. As you shift your consciousness in the direction of peace, wholeness, and faith, you tip the balance in that direction. You literally become the tipping point for the world you would like to create.
Be less concerned with what you are doing and more concerned with how you are doing it. Actions that spring from fear or hatred, no matter how nobly clothed, create only more of the same. Actions that issue from faith and love, no matter how humbly clothed, create only more of the same.
A visionary thrives under all circumstances, for he or she sees beyond the obvious. At this time the world needs good visionaries. If you would save the world, begin with your own consciousness.
Only Love Prevails. Be the change you want to see. "In the end, only kindness matters" Peace-it begins with me!
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."
Would you really condemn millions to the horror of Sharia
Do you really believe this can be reasoned with, when their very religion promotes lies, and they issue blatantly toothless "fatwas"
Clint Eastwood perhaps put the current actions of the U.S. best, in describing his role as Harry Callahan:
"It's not about a man who stands for violence, it's about a man who can't understand society tolerating violence."
The actions of the U.S. at the direction of George Bush are not about an obsession with violence. They are about a fundamental acceptance of an existential threat to the liberties we all too often take for granted. President Bush probably cannot understand the parodoxical position the world's leftists have taken abhorring any actions we take in defense of those liberties, while at the same time tolerating the violence comitted by a totalitarian death cult that has not progressed ideologically since the 7th century. It is to his eternal credit that he perserveres despite the slings and arrows of his detractors.
If you cannot make the distinction between the violent actions of Islamofascists and the necessarily violent reaction in defense of the liberty we as a race have fought and died and sacrificed for ten thousand years to achieve, then you approach a willful ignorance of reality. You should count yourself the luckiest of all, for having been born into a society that will defend your liberties, despite the protestations from a segment of society so lost in it's own quasi-intellectual disdain for a man who dares speak in absolutes like "good and evil". It is not lost on the young men and women fighting to bring liberty to oppressed millions that their sacrifice is not to be done "in your name."
If you had your way, you would be the death of Western Civilization and would chain us in Dhimmitude. Certainly it wouldn't be your intent, but the spread of Islam in Afghanistan, Nigeria, the Sudan, Somalia, and Malaysia, and the resulting death of liberties and life, the subjugation of women and Kafir, the despotism that seems to inevitably follow an existence under Sharia... all these demonstrate clearly that Islam is not a forgiving or tolerant religion by todays standards, and that it despises and punishes pacifism with a particular glee.
And still your tolerance of its barbarous teachings and actions would condemn us all.
Peace is rarely won by words alone. Mahatma Ghandi was the exception that made the rule. His peace was not won in a vaccuum, but instead under the judgemental eyes of the Western world that promised isolation for totalinarianism, and inclusion for peace and democracy. Stating that violence or the threat of violence never brought peace is to turn one's back on history. The Cold War, World Wars I & II, VietNam, The Korean War, The Civil War, the War for American Independence. All were Just wars. All with the exception of VietNam brought greater good to the regions affected, and all with the exception of VietNam and WWI brough greater peace to the world. VietNam was a failure not of the military, but of the politicians. The price of pacifism in that conflict was over 2 million South Vietnamese and Cambodians executed at the hands of the Viet Cong and Pol Pot. WWI's peace was sabotaged by the usurious demands of the French on the Germans, and was finally destroyed by the pacifism of Neville Chamberlain. Even WWII was tainted by a pacifism bred by years of conflict, resulting in a Communist China and an expansionist U.S.S.R., and the consequent deaths of as many as 130 million people
The evolution of Society along the path of least resistance is not towards liberty and longevity, but towards failure, death and servitude. This is absolute, as exemplified by all great Societies in our history. Peace and liberty are not some default state of being, but must be ever defended, and if necessary, fought for.
In the end, Pacifism is nothing more than the gateway ideology to Nihilism: it is a small step from saying nothing is worth fighting for to saying there are no objective truths worth defending, and no moral gradients between a George Bush and an Osama bin Laden.
Finally, and in direct response to Mr Cohen: why should I take
seriously a man who charges for his platitudes on selflessness
Honestly, could the stench of hypocrisy be any more rank?
I would open your eyes to the evil you ignore, but for the innocence that action would necessarily destroy. Truly, the images I could show you would scatter your thoughts in despair for humanity and haunt your dreams until your idealism fell starved from its delicate perch.