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9/11's Great What If?!
by Leah Sellers
2008-05-11 09:48:18
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September 11, 2001. The World Trade Center and thousands of lives in and around that national symbol of American/Global wealth, might and power, are destroyed, desecrated by judgmental, hate-filled religious and political fervor from without and within.

What if, instead of America raising its mighty military sword of destructive retaliation and vengeance, we had surprised ourselves and surprised the world by digging deep within our minds and hearts, and the spiritual beliefs we say we 'stand for', and declared as a nation, "Put down your sword', as Christ did in the Garden of Gethsemene.

What if, instead, America had called upon religious, spiritual and political leaders of all nations, of peoples from all nations, to join hands, hearts and determinative wills in Prayer and Meditation. A Prayer and Meditation of Healing. A Prayer and Meditation of Grace and Compassion. A call to all humankind to struggle against the petty and overwhelming hatreds and fears within us which bring us to acts of violence and destruction. A Prayer and Meditation of Unity. Unified action to Heal the loss and wounding of American lives, American soil, American Consciousness, lives throughout the World, Soil of all Nations, World Consciousness.

What if, we had not walked into the trap of living up to our enemies' provocations and expectations? If we had not violently responded to political and economic agendas, bloody taunts and bruising name calling, "Godless demons, imperialist pigs, devils, spoiled and sin-filled infidels, selfish and money hungry power mongers...etc...

What if, instead, America had decided to set a disciplined example of restraint and enlightened leadership in order to guide us into a Golden Era born within the beliefs and realities of Compassionate Action.

What if, America had said, 'No', to the prevaricating language of generating wars for profit, power, and vengeance? "No', to continued animosities, seething grudges, screaming gunfire, and the raging roar of sacrificial human bombs now resonating into and within the hearts, minds and souls of future generations abroad and in America. "You infidel, you killed my mother, my sister. You murdered my father, my brother. You have killed and mutilated my innocent children, my babies!"

What if, Americans had shown our enemies a different kind of sacrifice and heroism? What if, we had with heroic determinism decided to sacrifice our hatreds, sacrifice our fears to a Higher Purpose - a Worldview of Life, Liberty, Happiness and Prosperity and whatever those ideas mean to the people who strive for them individually and collectively. What if, instead we had embraced our enemies' flawed humanity and honestly claimed it as being a part of our own?

What if, instead of seeking the language of violence and retaliation Americans had sought justice through worldwide recognition and problem solving of the terrible wounding; had called for a global discourse and reasonable actions of accountability for our enemies atrocities. What if, we had actively involved the whole world in our supreme sacrifice and heroism in the name of Compassionate Action, because violence is a destructive shadow which haunts and daunts all peoples and all nations and should be struggled against?

What if, the acres of burned out land and lives of 9/11 had become a shrine, an international symbol to the example of what is best, not worst, within humankind ?

What kind of World Leader would that have made America? What kind of worldwide legacy would we have begun to cultivate? How much more meaning, energy and power would we have given to words like, Faith, Hope, Forgiveness, Universal Love, Compassionate Action, Great Nation?

What if, instead........?

What if ....................?

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Emanuel Paparella2008-05-11 10:41:33
How true, indeed! To continue a while more in this vein: what if we all on this planet decided to seriously read, discuss and reflect on E.O. Wilson’s 21st book “The Creation: An appeal to Save Life on Earth” (2006) wherein the noted entomologist and Harvard professor (founder of sociobiology) argues that avoiding ecological disaster depends upon overcoming the mutual alienation between Enlightenment science and biblical religion?

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