Saturday, June 12, 2004

The Greatest Weapon Against Terrorism

I have an idea. Mind you, it's just an idea, but it just may work - if we work it.

I have an idea that the best way to fight terrorism - of which the desired outcome of said terrorists is fear itself - is simply not to be afraid.

And I don't mean ignore terrorism when it happens. I mean refuse to be frightened by what has not happened, to be cowed by what may happen, refuse to give up more and more of our personal freedoms as individuals in this country because there MAY be a terrorist attack someday, down the road. And if people (government, politicians and the media) are feeding on our insecurities, then who, indeed, are the real day-to-day terrorists'?

Because, if we start giving in to our fear now, when do we stop? When is it enough? To what point must we be 'protected' before we feel 'safe' and once we are 'safe' will we have anything resembling a true quality of life? I mean, a person encased in a tomb of solid lead is 'safe' - aren't they? Yet, can that person be truly said to be living a life of any kind - thus they would be already 'dead.'

Fear itself can and will run rampant if we let it. Right now I think that this country is on the verge of a national panic attack. I've seen people in the throes of panic attacks - it starts with an event, perhaps a small one, such as being bumped in a crowd at the mall. Then, somehow, the person's thoughts pinwheel out of control - 'What if that person had really hurt me? What if a bunch of people hurt me? What if I don't make it out of the mall alive? What if this is my last day on earth? What if... What if.... What if....' Pretty soon, before you know it, the person cannot catch their breath and they faint onto the floor. For what? They got bumped!

Granted, what happened on 9/11 was not a bump, it was a big, 'bad' boom. Yet it was not the end of us. We are still alive. It was a wake up call - there are other people in the world besides the United States and we need to address their grievances. But I think that declaring war against the supposed Terrorists which, we are led to believe are all 'over there' or in our country with fake ID's and have olive skin and then also giving over our own personal freedoms to the 'Homeland Security' division of our government is for the birds. Besides, who's to say that in some way the government wasn't COUNTING on the 9/11 events to scare us out of our wits so we would WILLINGLY give up our personal freedoms in the name of 'safety' and 'security' bit by bit until Big Brother is no longer a fiction but a living, breathing reality?

Many people in many countries in the world have already given up their personal freedoms for just this reason. The United States is supposed to be an exception. If she keeps going the way she is going, she is going to just be another also ran, different by name only.

Just about EVERY religious (and spiritual) text in the world contains the admonition, "Be not afraid." Go boldly into life. Make your plans as if you will live forever but live today as if it were your last. NONE of us have any guarantees about tomorrow. Nobody. But we do have choice. We can choose to live life to the fullest or to be intimidated by what may or might happen but which IS NOT actually happening at all, which is to live in F.E.A.R. - False Evidence Appearing Real. A life lived in fear is no life at all.

Personally, I would prefer a week of life lived to the fullest to ten years living in a self-made prison of fear. That is my choice to make. You have yours. We have ours to make, as a people - as a country. Our country was founded by fearless men and women. It has lasted this long because of the fearlessness of our people, and not just those sent to fight wars. It will not last much longer if we allow ourselves to be moved into fear EVERY SINGLE DAY by what MAY happen.

If you feel yourself being pushed into fear you can all ways PUSH BACK by loudly and proudly declaring what you choose OVER fear - anything, and everything that allows you to experience more life, not less. Then, you can repeat your conscious choices over and over again until the cloud passes. Then you can also choose to write your congressman or the media and ask them to KNOCK IT OFF!! Because, truly folks, we have nothing to fear but fear itself.

Choice is one of the greatest superpowers in the world, even over and above the United States. If we don't use it, we are going to lose it. Soon.

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