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" All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today "
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The words above are from an an old Indian saying which, if you think about it, is quite profound and well worth taking the time to consider carefully. Everything we do today affects what will happen tomorrow. Think about it. We need to recognize this now more than at any time in a great many years. Failure to do so surely guarantees that we will continue on this headlong rush to unrest, hatred, and violence which we seem determined to meet head on.

Are we so blind and uncaring that we cannot see this ? Or have we become so self involved that we don't see that  we are destroying our childrens' future ? And why ? Because we have allowed fear to control our lives  and  have allowed those who would encourage that mindset  the  freedom to do as they will.

 The fact they have used this fear  to advance their agenda and  blaspheme everything our countries have stood  for  historically and  in doing so,  increased the dangers we face a thousandfold has yet to  permeate the consciousness of many but there are hopeful signs finally that  we are waking up. I can only pray it is not too late.

 In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, I wrote the following words ...

" It would compound the crime if we should visit the same on helpless people. And it would be another victory for the terrorists. In the best of worlds, the killers who murdered so many will be hounded to the end of the Earth, brought before justice and tried for crimes against humanity - that  is how justice works in our democracy. There is no collective guilt.  To descend to the terrorists' level would grossly demean the memories of so many  American victims, legitimize the terrorists' barbarity, and encourage more such carnage.

Hatred is corrosive; it saps the spirit and warps the mind. Anger, as Bismarck famously put it, is a poor adviser. The rhetoric of war and the discourse of rage contribute little to a  rigorous reflection on how to protect the values of our civilization which is under attack. Allowing the killers to create a global version of Jerusalem or Belfast would be to confirm their vision, not defeat it."

Not in my wildest fantasies did I expect we would behave as we have done.  We have stood by as those holding the reins of power have manipulated and played on the fears of their people to commit us to a path of death and destruction, abandoning all principles and  standards we claimed to hold dear, as they have waged war in a manner as repugnant as that of any barbarian nation in history.  And with no end in sight. Our enemies have multiplied,  we have lost the respect of the world community,  our young warriors are dying or being maimed for life, and we shall one day answer for the deaths of a multitude of innocent women and children.  Our people are divided as never before with little hope of reconciliation in sight.The greatest tragedy perhaps may be that we have allowed the barbarians to win. For no matter what the outcome is of the conflicts now raging, they have won.  We have become their mirror image.

 The parable below,  perhaps says it best. 

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An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. "A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy."It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. 
One is evil - he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, fear, and ego." 

He continued, "The other is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. 
The same fight is going on inside you - and inside every other person, too." 

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather,

"Which wolf will win?" 

The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."
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 NOTE: I am not the author of the parable above. 
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March 16th 2006