Turning Point

Conditioning for the Fight

A lot of hype and propaganda conditioning the population for all out war!  But something has happened to where the same old song and dance of creating an enemy you don’t necessarily know and always drawn us into battle.  The orchestrated string of battle is a mechanism of hate, a tool used by the Neocons associated with Central Banks for monstrous loans for a war that will cancel debt in order to balance the books.  Land grab for resources, strategic location, depopulation of ethnic groups (genocide) so the great economic matrix is in the hands of a few, the money changers.  Well, my friends, this dynasty is on the way out, on Thursday Macedonia’s Parliament was stormed after an ethnic Albanian MP was elected speaker.  The move sparked outrage from nationalists.  Hundreds of angry protesters surrounded and spilled into the Parliament building demanding new elections.

On Friday Brazilian police tear-gassed demonstrators and rioters burned buses in the violent conclusion of a general strike the first in 21 years that shut down transport, schools and banks in protest against the government’s austerity reforms.

Brazil Take-Down

Here’s some confession news of ISIS apologizing? for attacking IDF soldiers in the occupied Golan Heights.  Israeli Former Defense Minister Moshe ‘Bogie’ Ya’alon cited the claim in The Times of Israel.  The disclosure may also provide some insight into why after reportedly attacking virtually every religion and ethnicity in the region, there have been virtually no documented attacks by the Islamic State on Israel or its citizens.  You can also add Saudi Arabia to that list including Qatar, the old saying, you don’t bite the hand that feeds.  Some now are referring to ISIS as ‘Israel Secret Intelligent Service’. You can’t make this stuff up, it’s Heads of State fucking up!

As humans we have two choices, to continue the error of our ways without accepting our own fault or mend our differences.  Seems this theory has been in play since man has shown up on the planet. We also see signs of the first choice happening today, many confess or a victim undergoes a change in feelings, attitude regarding an offense and lets go of negative emotions such as vengefulness, with an increased ability to wish the offender well.  Now that’s a nice thought on behalf of the victim but does the offender change his or her ways?

Let’s look at a segment of a story about Sacred Activism by Author Andrew Harvey:

An elderly African woman was brought by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa, face to face with the man, Mr. Van de Broek, who had confessed to the savage torture and murder of both the woman’s son and her husband a few years earlier.  The old woman had been made to witness her husband’s death.  The last words of her husband had been “Father forgive them.”

One of the members of the Commission turned to her and asked:  “How do you believe justice should be done to this man who has inflicted such suffering on you and so brutally destroyed your family?”

The old woman replied “I want three things.  I want first to be taken to the place where my husband’s body was burned so that I can gather up the dust and give his remains a decent burial.” She stopped, collected herself, and then went on. “My husband and son were my only family.  I want, secondly, therefore, for Mr. Van de Broek to become my son.  I would like for him to come twice a month to the ghetto and spend a day with me so that I can pour out to him whatever love I have still remaining with me.  And finally, I want a third thing.  I would like Mr. Van de Broek to know that I offer him my forgiveness because Jesus Christ died to forgive.  This was also the wish of my husband.  And so, I would kindly ask someone to come to my side and lead me across the courtroom so that I can take Mr. Van de Broek in my arms, embrace him, and let him know that he is truly forgiven.”

The assistants came to help the old woman across the room.  Mr. Van de Broek, overwhelmed by what he had just heard, fainted.  And as he did, those in the courtroom friends, family, neighbors all victims of decades of oppression and injustice began to sing  Amazing Grace.  Mr. Van de Broek could hear them sing, “how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me”.  (end story)

 

 

Many religions practice forgiveness:

Judaism:  If a person causes harm, but then sincerely and honestly apologizes to the wronged individual and tries to rectify the wrong, the wronged individual is encouraged, but not required, to grant forgiveness.

Christianity:  Forgiveness is central to Christian ethics and is a frequent topic in sermons and theological works. It is usually considered a duty of Christians to forgive even when forgiveness is not deserved.

Islam:  Recommends forgiveness between Muslims, because Allah values forgiveness.  There are numerous verses in Quran and the Hadiths recommending forgiveness. However, Islam also allows revenge to the extent harm done, but forgiveness between Muslims is encouraged, with a promise of reward from Allah.

Baha i Faith: “Love the creatures for the sake of God and not for themselves.  You will never become angry or impatient if you love them for the sake of God. Humanity is not perfect. There are imperfections in every human being, and you will always become unhappy if you look at the people themselves.  But if you look toward God, you will love them and be kind to them, for the world of God is the world of perfection and complete mercy.  Therefore, do not look at the shortcomings of anybody; see with the sight of forgiveness.”

Buddhism:  Forgiveness is seen as a practice to prevent harmful thoughts from causing havoc on one’s mental well-being. Buddhism recognizes that feelings of hatred and ill-will leave a lasting effect on our mind karma. Instead, Buddhism encourages the cultivation of thoughts that leave a wholesome effect. “In contemplating the law of karma, we realize that it is not a matter of seeking revenge but of practicing mettā and forgiveness, for the victimizer is, truly, the most unfortunate of all.

Hinduism:  Forgiveness is discussed in verses dedicated to deity Varuna (the Hindu god of water), both the context of the one who has done wrong and one who is wronged.  Forgiveness is considered one of the six cardinal virtues in Hinduism.

Jainism:  Forgiveness is one of the main virtues that needs to be cultivated by the Jains.  Jains repeatedly seek forgiveness from various creatures, even from single sensed beings like plants and microorganisms that they may have harmed while eating and doing routine activities.

Hoʻoponopono:  Is an ancient Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness, combined with prayer.  Similar forgiveness practices were performed on islands throughout the South Pacific, including Samoa, Tahiti and New Zealand. Traditionally Hoʻoponopono is practiced by healing priests or kahuna (wise man or shaman) among family members of a person who is physically ill. Modern versions are performed within the family by a family elder, or by the individual alone.

So how do we want it?

Damage Control

So we have many road maps on which we can follow, will we choose wisely?  If not the public at large is in damage control which can be the image of Rocky Marciano, he just keeps coming, pounding, coming and pounding like some frickin nightmare!

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