Tuesday, February 06, 2007

The Heart of the Matter

I know alot of people in the 9/11 truth movement, since I've been involved in the struggle for several years and have been lucky to work with alot of good folks.

It seems that those who are doing the best work, having the biggest effect in educating people to the fact that 9/11 was an inside job, and are best moving the ball downfield towards bringing the perpetrators of 9/11 to justice are largely motivated by -- ugh, I know you don't want to hear this word -- love.

Don't have a Heart Attack

What?! you ask. This is about murder and treason and false flags and deceit and punishment. How can we talk about such a frilly and irrelevant concept as love? We need more FIRE in our bellies. We need to get PUMPED UP. A little HATE is good!

Well, that hasn't been my experience. My experience is that those who are least effective and who are most disrupting the 9/11 truth movement are driven by hatred.

Contrary to what you might believe, having heart STRENGTHENS you and INCREASES your ability to kick some serious tail.

I'm not talking about fighting less hard or even about going easy on the perpetrators of 9/11. I'm talking about winning the battle for truth and justice -- no ifs, ands or buts -- and not letting weakness get in the way of victory. But, as discussed below, I believe that love will help us obtain success.

And I'm not talking about putting out your fire of righteous anger. Keep that anger alive and channel it into defeating the lies and bringing the bad guys to justice. We need your righteous anger! But anger without love turns into hatred, which weakens you. Anger plus love turns into power, effectiveness and success.

And I'm not talking about the kind of sappy "love" that Hallmark or the soap operas sell. I'm not talking about mush. I'm not talking about taking estrogen pills. I'm talking about tough love, fierce love. I'm talking about Braveheart and George Washington, not your aunt Ethel. I'm not talking about being feminine or new-agey.

Some of the biggest-hearted people I've met have been bear-size, foul-mouthed New Yorkers. But underneath the aggression and bluster are incredibly big-hearted folks who love people and do what they do to help them. I'm talking about kicking tail, but doing it with heart. Unless you are open-hearted, you will not even be able to judge who is and who isn't coming from a heartful place, just like -- if you don't know how to read -- you will try to judge a book by its cover.

Ernesto Guevara (I do not advocate violence, I'm not endorsing him, and there are many examples from the right as well as the left), said:

"Let me say, with the risk of appearing ridiculous, that the true revolutionary is guided by strong feelings of love. It is impossible to think of an authentic revolutionary without this quality... One must have a large dose of humanity, a large dose of a sense of justice and truth, to avoid falling into extremes, into cold intellectualism, into isolation from the masses. Every day we must struggle so that this love of living humanity is transformed into concrete facts, into acts that will serve as an example."

We don't have many examples of real, warrior-oriented heart-in-action type love around us in our culture. We've got to figure out how to create a powerful, strong and passionate version of love-in-action, and ourselves become examples and role models for others.

Not Buying It

Don't believe that love strengthens us?

Well, caring enough about something to commit gives you COURAGE. Unless you really care about something, you will not have the ability to sustain your bravery in the face of adversity. You simply will not have the ability to stay in the battle long-term. You need to care about something to be able to really fight for it.

And the examples of frail people lifting one end of a car to save a child trapped underneath show that love can power people up. In contrast, we've all seen old people who have serious heart conditions. They are listless, without energy and weak. They would lose an arm-wrestling contest with a child. As discussed below, the heart is a source of power.

And unless you have some degree of compassion for your enemy, you will not be able to beat him. What do I mean? Well, the great Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu said
"Know your enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles, you will never be defeated.

When you are ignorant of the enemy but know yourself, your chances of winning or losing are equal.

If ignorant both of your enemy and of yourself, you are sure to be defeated in every battle."
If you don't open your heart a little bit to your enemy, you will not be able to actually see who he is, and therefore, you will not know him. Therefore, you will likely not be able to defeat him.

If you got in a street fight and were so enraged that you stopped being able to see your adversary, but just flailed away blindly through squinted eyes, you probably wouldn't win the fight. You have to see, to recognize, to even understand your enemy if you want to beat him.

As my friend Nila says,"Blind hatred for the perps only sucks out our own energy and robs us of our effectiveness. Inasmuch as I hate these bastards with a passion (it’s only human to do so), I’m cognizant that this hatred detracts from our objective to bring them to justice".

I, too, hate the murdering, lying, treasonous perpetrators, and four-letters words not uncommonly jump in my mind when I think of them. But I've also learned that I'm more effective and more successful when I also add in a little compassion for these scoundrels, even when that is very hard to do. I have seen how important it is and how well it works.

"Oh, come on! ", you say. Doesn't having compassion for someone make you weaker, softer, less able to PUMP UP THE VOLUME and KICK SOME BOOTY?

No, it doesn't. You can and still should fight as hard as you can against false flag terrorists, injustice and deceit. If you don't, our future is bleak indeed. If you don't, the perpetrators of 9/11 will just become more emboldened, will carry out bigger and more gruesome false flag attacks, and will be even bolder in imposing their fascist, imperialist, anti-citizen agenda.

But you can still fight and win even if your heart is open.

Some of the bravest people of all time -- Martin Luther King, Jr, Gandhi, Mandela, etc. -- were driven by love.

It is a paradox, and no one likes paradoxes. But we must learn how to love our enemies even as we fight to convict them for war crimes, for treason and for murder.

And some of those who are most disruptive of the efforts of 9/11 truth and justice are anarchists. Now, don't get me wrong, the U.S. government and many other governments are rotten to the core, use false flag attacks and lies to justify their agendas, and have completely disregarded their constitutions and purported ideals. But tearing down without building something better isn't really all that helpful.

For example, it it is easy for a teenager to criticize his parents, but alot harder to actually create a better adult life for himself. A teenager looks silly and immature when he criticizes everything his pareents do. But a young person who rebels against her parents and then creates a better adult life for herself is doing really well. Similarly, anarchists are counter-productive if they simply try to destroy without creating something better. The "creating something better" part takes heart.

Motivations of 9/11 Truthers

I don't know where the hatred in the most disruptive people in the 9/11 movement comes from. It might simply be that if you fight evil long enough without keeping your perspective, you become that which you are fighting against. It might be frustration (which I certainly understand and share!) that the 9/11 truth movement hasn't made more progress, and hasn't brought anyone to justice.

Some might have childhood issues which they never resolved.

And some are actually disinformation agents who hate anything which challenges the status quo of the current system, and may hate us because 9/11 truth is gaining momentum and they are losing the disinfo war.

On the other hand, the most prolific 9/11 researchers, the best writers and educators, the most tireless activists are driven by passion and heart in one form or another. For example, the most dedicated and effective 9/11 activists I know are driven by such things as:

• Their love for their children, and their desire to have them grow up in a sane world not controlled by false flag terrorism and fear

• The need to make sense of their family-member's death on September 11th, and to make sure it doesn't happen to others

• Compassion for the suffering first responders and admiration for their heroism

• Love of country, of our Constitutional form of government, and the patriotic desire to save America from those who would destroy her

• The desire to prevent further wars and destruction as part of the falsely labeled "war on terror" which 9/11 launched

or

• Dedication to truth

In other words, I believe heartfulness is one of the fuels which powers the toughest, bravest, smartest, and most effective 9/11 activists.

Kicking Tail

Those who come from a place of hate are actually less effective warriors. Instead of being able to be successful in the struggle for 9/11 truth and justice, they are carrying around 300-pound backpacks filled with unresolved issues with their parents or other authority figures. They are like children shooting rubber bands: childish and ineffective.

Being able to bridge the paradox by fighting as hard as one can while keeping one's heart open is very difficult. But it is the only thing which will allow us to be effective. Without love, we will burn out. We will give up. We won't be able to "relate to people", which is a vital skill in being able to spread 9/11 truth to newbies. Without love, we will just be little kids shooting rubberbands at people's knees.

You will never be truly strong until you learn how to keep your heart open WHILE fighting, while defeating your enemy.

If you think heartfulness is weak, you do not understand how the world really works. If you think that love is weak or that love weakens you, it is because your concept about what love is is flawed. Real love actually strengthens you.

The bravest people I know are also the most heartful.

Frankly, in the long run, love kicks hate's backside.

The word "courage" comes from the French word for "heart". Whatever you think of the French, they knew what they were talking about in this regard. Indeed, during my best and most powerful moments, my old karate teacher would tell me that I "had alot of heart" or I was "showing alot of heart". This is actually a universal, if forgotten, secret, which the 9/11 truth movement would be smart to learn.




7 Comments:

Blogger Ashley said...

That was a great read. It's also very, very true. Anger and fighting gets you nowhere; it makes you blind.

10:39 AM  
Blogger Lucifer said...

Thank you for that! We all do need to be reminded from time to time that, love IS what makes the world go round; and just like the Beatles said "All YOU NEED IS LOVE!

11:05 AM  
Blogger JJR said...

(quote)
"Let me say, with the risk of appearing ridiculous, that the true revolutionary is guided by strong feelings of love. It is impossible to think of an authentic revolutionary without this quality... One must have a large dose of humanity, a large dose of a sense of justice and truth, to avoid falling into extremes, into cold intellectualism, into isolation from the masses. Every day we must struggle so that this love of living humanity is transformed into concrete facts, into acts that will serve as an example."
--Ernesto 'Che' Guevara

I'm also reminded of that opening scene from the film SERENITY, because it gives you a clue to how the other side thinks;

(The Operative): "Madness?...It's LOVE, in point of fact. Something a good deal more dangerous."

Men like this fictional "Operative" are all too real, Mr. President, and they too recognize the wisdom of what you say here. I hope our side can, too.

8:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks man! Didn't expect to find such a gread article on a 911-blog. Love's the one and only way. Word up!

11:26 AM  
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9:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People would be more willing to adopt the views of 911 Truth activists if they felt they were calling for forgiveness rather than retribution and punishment.

The peace movement should call for granting amnesty from prosecution and guarantee of an ample, lifetime pension to anyone who agrees to testify on their roles in the events of 9/11, extending this offer to any members of the US government, foreign governments and/or terrorist groups involved in the planning or execution of the attacks of that day.

Additionally, individuals should step forward and volunteer to spend time working with those who give testimony on crimes they have committed so that they might be reintegrated into society.

Instead of executing Nazi war criminals we should have devoted all the human resources available to us to rehabilitating them, awakening in them awareness of the nature of their actions so that they could have come to understand that they must make amends. If they had remained alive they would have been a living testament to the transformative powers of forgiveness.

Historians and psychologists especially should come out in favor of preserving invaluable study material in the form of the opportunity to converse with the authors of unfortunate historical deeds.

We must express sympathy and compassion for Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld et al. The life of the average assembly line and office worker is infinitely richer than lives wasted in the vain pursuit of complete power over others. Such people live in constant fear. They cannot love and are not capable of accepting love from others.

The police would look (and likely feel) like fools if they arrested a crowd of people for carrying signs reading: "I Forgive You, George Bush, for 9/11 and the Wars".

We must find a solution to the existing state of affairs that would be acceptable to both the accusers and the accused. It should solve the problem it sets out to solve without creating additional problems. It should present itself as an ethical means to an ethical end.

ONLY SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION...

This idea does not depend on the media for its dissemination. If you can convince six friends of the merit of the idea and get them to tell six of their own friends tomorrow, each of whom tells six of their friends the next day, and so on, then the idea will reach every person in the world in two weeks (do the math), by word of mouth alone.

3:00 AM  
Anonymous steven andresen said...

After reading your post about Pearl Harbor and this one my thoughts go back to something my mother said.

I had been reading accounts of how President Franklin Roosevelt had worked to find out what it would take to get the Japanese to attack the United States, and asked my mother, who still liked FDR what she thought.

She thought he was the best President we've had in her lifetime. Her reasoning was based on what he did during the Depression to help people survive. He had given her and people she knew hope that things were going to get better.

She considered what I told her about there being a plot to get the United States into the war. She was skeptical. However, even when she acknowledged that it was possible that FDR had done such a thing, had started the war and all, she thought that, because of the enemies we faced, maybe it was all for the best.

My Mother's brother was a tail gunner in some bomber over Germany. My Dad was in an engine room in a landing craft transport in the Pacific. So, she stood to have lost a lot.

The question we have, in trying to expose the crimes of 9-11 has to do with my Mother's willingness to support President Roosevelt despite the possibility he connived us into a war.

I wonder whether the people who were in on the plot also believe their project was then and continues to be righteous like my Mother thought that FDR could have been righteous in secretly getting us into WWII.

I don't have to pursue an investigation of the truth here because I hate the people who I suppose committed these murders. Detectives are not motivated by hatred of criminals, I suppose...

Nor are they motivated by love for the victims of crimes.

They may love the truth about what happened. However, I think a more important motivation might be a need to understand what happened and a desire that justice be done.

I don't think we should cover over the facts about 9-11, or its truths, because we assume that whatever happened, if "our guys" were involved, they acted out of the best of intentions.

10:35 AM  

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