SEPTEMBER 11, 2011







Today is one of those days where the rubber hits the road. For today we are commemorating the attack on the United States that took place ten years ago. For those who lost loved ones that day, no amount of comfort or explaining will ever be able to take away the tears in their heart. Consequently each and every one of us are confronted with the question of what do we truly believe about war and peace. On this past Friday night I watched another excellent piece on PBS Nightly News. They were interviewing Egyptians about their feelings towards America and what happened ten years ago. Some of them expressed feelings of support for us. Most of the people interviewed explained that while they feel positive towards America and Americans in general, they strongly disagree with our military occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. They also take strong issue with our total support of Israel even when it is practicing slow genocide against the Palestinians. My take away from the interviews was that the general populace in the Mideast is highly aware of political developments in the world. They do not see us as peacemakers in their world. They see us as misguided imperialists who think that we can rule the world through military means.

There was a ray of hope with the young people interviewed. The “Arab Spring” has boosted their spirits and self-esteem, and they recognize that many people in the world respect and admire what they are doing. “We don’t want to kill you. We are just like you; we only want to live our lives in peace.” These are the words that a young Muslim woman in Cairo spoke.

So what does the future hold for our nation and our entire human race? I believe that one of the most profound quotes that I have ever read is from Mahatma Gandhi. “If you practice an eye for an eye the whole world will go blind.” What does this mean? It means that retribution and revenge create a cycle of violence that easily takes on a life of its own.  Whether it is the Sharks and the Jets in West Side Story that cause Maria to grieve, or the Americans and the Taliban that cause widows and orphans in Afghanistan and Pakistan to grieve, violence has always led to more violence. And tears of family for lost loved ones are the same all over the planet.

What would it take to stop the tears? What are each one of us here today as part of the New Group of World Servers willing to do? This is a new concept, as violence has ruled the human race for eons. We are here to serve the world. That means the entire world, not just our own country. And is that not the message of Virgo? Her virginity is in her conscious choice to only harbor untainted thoughts in her mind. Virgo is also the hermit teacher, Merlin, with his staff that he will strike you with if you appear indolent and do not take your studies seriously. Through his solitude he has learned self-discipline, the gateway to enlightenment.

When we come to that enlightenment, we not only realize but also apply and utilize the statement that we are all related. “Mitakuye Oyasin.” We are truly ready to “study war no more,” as we do not want to harm our own family members. And as Baba Ram Dass has so beautifully reminded us, everyone is your Uncle Benny. Another good recent example is Bruce Junek and Tass Thacker. They both confirm that no matter where one goes on the planet, people are just people. They are the same everywhere. At this critical juncture in the evolution of our species it is so important that we remember the lesson of Lot’s wife. Do not look back. Only look forward. Let us look forward together to a world at peace. After all, “there are lives in the balance.” Let there be a mental healing of old wounds and scars. Let the healing begin. First I heal and release all of my resentments, angers, and frustrations. Now I am ready to help others.

“You may say I am a dreamer, but I am not the only one.

 I hope someday you will join us, and the world will live as one.”

Clay Uptain, September 11, 2011

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