Whatever You Give Energy To, Persists

Drones And Suicide Bombers

I don’t consider myself an expert in history, economics, or political science, nor do I consider myself intellectually superior, although my wife "accuses" me of thinking that I am! I think I have average intelligence, not mediocre, but average in this sense. I am as intelligent as the next guy, as intelligent as my friends and colleagues, as intelligent as my wife(!), as intelligent as my fellow countrymen or my fellow world citizens. I don’t know how I compare to the folks on Mars or Pluto or the planet K which we only recently discovered through television signals that were transmitted some three hundred light years ago. Just checking to see if you’re really with me!

And I just assume that those of us with average intelligence also have what is often referred to as common sense. You know, it’s probably not a particularly good idea for me to take a job as a lion tamer for the circus just because I have a whip and a chair, and yes, a Clyde Beatty outfit which I usually wear on Halloween! What? You don’t know Clyde Beatty? Hey, I’m not that old. You’re just young. Google Clyde!

So from my common sense position, I was stunned, STUNNED, when, last November, I heard that the trial for the mastermind of 911 was going to be held in Manhattan. WHAT? Where is the intelligence in that? Literally, where is the INTELLIGENCE in that? Why would we put so many people at risk? I mean they’ve bombed the World Trade Center twice, regretfully, the second time, with total success. What makes us think, even for a second, that we could prevent yet a third attack in our attempt to what? Rub their noses in our belief that we will ultimately be victorious? Just how bad do we think we are?

I am somewhat relieved that, at least for the time being, the final decision about the venue for the trial has been shelved. But even as of a couple of weeks ago, I heard someone from the Justice Department say something to the effect that Manhattan could still be a consideration. What is that kind of talk? What is that kind of posturing about? What point is the Justice Department trying to make? That the Justice Department is out of touch or that it’s arrogant and more into rattling its narcissistic sabers than common sense? Where is the consideration for those who live in Manhattan or are their lives worth sacrificing just to make a point?

Unfortunately, wherever the trial is held, the media will find a way to turn the event into a circus, speaking of Clyde Beatty. And that makes NO SENSE. There are plenty of stories to cover. Let this one go!

WHY? Well, because there is a basic rule of thumb. WHATEVER YOU GIVE ENERGY TO PERSISTS. Why would we put any amount of energy, media or otherwise, into this trial other than to carry out the legal mandates of our Constitution? If we have any common sense, the trial will be held in some very remote area and receive no media coverage. We might read about the verdict on page thirty five of section C about a week after the trial is concluded. Come on, think about it. Why give these folks the time of day beyond what our legal system requires? Why give so much publicity–ENERGY–to someone who is hell bent on destroying us?

I am not suggesting a secret trial, a railroad trial, a vigilante trial, or a mock trial, but simply one that receives zero attention, zero energy. Hold the trial in a small rural town that no one has heard of, maybe in Freezurassov, Alaska, originally a Russian settlement, now a gathering of igloos, about 3 blocks from the arctic circle. Or perhaps in Podunk, Iowa, or how about Beerhead, Minnesota?

I do believe it is extremely important for those involved in the trial to carry out the law with a fine tooth comb, to insure that the alleged perpetrator receives a completely fair trial even to the point of a jury determining he is not guilty. I can’t imagine that would happen, but the possibility must remain for the trial to be "fair." But hold this fair trial totally out of the limelight where Osama Ben Ladin will have no access to media coverage or information till weeks after the fact

WHATEVER YOU GIVE ENERGY TO PERSISTS. Take that in. Remember it. It’s also a good rule of thumb in parenting!

I’d like to think that we are a smart country, that we have smart politicians. I know, quite an assumption. And perhaps we are not smart because we don’t seem to learn from our own history and our past errors and successes. What’s with that? Is it arrogance? Or is my assumption just dead wrong. We are not smart.

Remember what we did to Germany after World War I? We wiped them out economically and in the process created a green house for the likes of Hitler and Nazi Germany.

Remember Ho Chi Mihn? He was our ally during World War II. We supported his fight against the Japanese and his desire to form a democratic independent Viet Nam. But once the war was over, we changed our tune in favor of supporting France who wanted to keep Viet Nam as a colony. Once again, we are all for Democracy unless it interferes with our agenda! And, O my God, even after the French were so profoundly defeated, for some strange reason, we thought we were big and bad enough to pick up the fight. And we all know the price of that decision.

I do not know the details of Japan’s economic growth after World War II, but I do know that our country played a part. We took a very different kind of approach with Japan than with Germany after World War I. And it paid off. So why can’t we learn something from that brilliant move? Why do we continue to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan with military force when we could be spending the same amount of money or less to infuse those countries economically?

Do you ever stop to think why the Taliban are so successful in Afghanistan? Because ultimately they offer jobs. Yes, jobs. Yes, I know, I must sound pretty naive. But that’s what swept Japan into economic prosperity after World War II. JOBS.

It is sad to me that our country’s political system still operates within a framework of good guys and bad guys, as if there really are good guys and bad guys. The fact is that part of you and me is a good guy and part of you and me is a bad guy. You and I are no better or no worse than any other human beings on the face of this earth.

Similarly, as a country, we do some really good things AND some really bad things. Like any other country, we can find justification for all the bad things we do, for example, we do these bad things in the name of God or democracy. We have these incredibly strange phrases like "necessary evil" or "friendly fire." But whether it is a U. S. citizen "flying" a drone with a video game controller thousands of miles away from the Pakistan border or a suicide bomber blowing him or herself up, the results are the same. Someone’s family member, someone’s friends, someone’s children are injured, maimed, or killed. ALL bad stuff in my book. If we say the suicide bomber is nuts, then we have to point the nut finger at ourselves as we sit behind the consol of a clean, slick, seemingly bloodless, but deadly "video game."

When I hear the spokesperson for the Justice Department saying that Manhattan is not totally off the table, it makes me think that, as a country, we are stuck in a BULLY mentality especially when it comes to foreign affairs. The Bully mentality hangs it hat on a narcissistic power rack. In so many words, "I am all powerful and whatever challenge I provoke, I can handle it because I am all powerful." But the fact is that eventually you lose to someone who is even more narcissistic and more powerful and perhaps even more evil.

Sometimes the guy in the white hat is thought to be the good guy and on the surface he is. But notice that the bad guys he attacks do not live. They do not go to the pool to wash their blindness away. They do not go inside to examine their hardened hearts and ride off into the sunset to live renewed lives. They are gunned down, shot, killed, and destroyed. And as the good guy walks away, he knows that he has to forever watch his back because the evil guy always rises from the ashes and dishes out his revenge. It is a very viscous circle. It’s also primitive and archaic. It’s definitely not smart. The good guy is no different or no better than the bad guy. Neither learn the lessons of history or life.

.In the old cowboy flicks, the all powerful narcissistic BAD GUY never thinks for a moment that he is vulnerable, never thinks he will be outgunned, never thinks he is going down, never thinks it is possible for him to meet his match.

And wouldn’t you know it, the all powerful seemingly not so narcissistic GOOD GUY never thinks for a moment that he is vulnerable, never thinks he will be outgunned, never thinks he is going down, never thinks it is possible for him to meet his match.

Did I just describe both the good guy and the bad guy the same? I think I did! Both, in their own way, are BULLIES. Both are provocative, taunting, and looking for a fight. Neither one can imagine shifting to a place where he is aware of danger and the first goal is to protect, to perhaps even avoid the fight all together, to buy time and turn on some rational thinking, to back up and say to himself, "Okay, what is going to be my best defense or my best offense against my challenger?" whether the challenger is good or evil.

In black-and-white-good-guy-and-bad-guy mentality, the challenger is always evil. In reality, the challenger is neither good or bad, but just a CHALLENGER. The challenger has a different agenda. They see life through a different set of binoculars than we do, or maybe not. Maybe both good and bad guys are actually striving for the same outcome. But unfortunately, in good-guy-bad-guy-bully mentality, there can only be one winner, and any conflict, real or perceived, has to be resolved by wiping out the challenger or the opponent TOTALLY. This bully mentality, both internationally and in our own country, becomes the breeding grounds for dictators and charismatic leaders who wield no charism.

When we will get it? There are no good guys or bad guys. There’s only US. Or if you insist there are good guys and bad guys, then, in this instance, we are the bad guys, for continuing to think, for even a second, that we could actually pull it off, having the trial in Manhattan. Sorry, people of Manhattan. Your government is willing to sacrifice you to the gods just to prove a point. And that point? "We're the government and we will do whatever we want to do just because we can and just because we think we are that powerful."  And then the bully has to add, "And who's going to stop us?"

It’s the same ol’ BS that we see around the world community including the Vatican. The Vatican sees itself as the good and the holy and everyone else is bad and evil. And, we’re all that way, still floating around in this primitive rusty old boat of good and evil, eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth. You’d never know we fought a war over the inalienable rights of people. Thank God, our Constitution doesn’t distinguish between good people and bad people. We got it right there!

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palmerlarryray 6 years ago from Macon, Missouri

Excellent hub. Personally, I think they should have hung that SOB a long time ago but that's just my thoughts. Still, I respect your opinion and your thoughts on Good/Bad Guys are very interesting.

We all have that little evil place. It's like that line from Scarface where Tony Montana says "What you lookin' at? You all a bunch of f***in' assholes. You know why? You don't have the guts to be what you wanna be? You need people like me. You need people like me so you can point your f***in' fingers and say, "That's the bad guy." So... what that make you? Good? You're not good. You just know how to hide, how to lie. Me, I don't have that problem. Me, I always tell the truth. Even when I lie. So say good night to the bad guy! Come on. The last time you gonna see a bad guy like this again, let me tell you. Come on. Make way for the bad guy. There's a bad guy comin' through! Better get outta his way!"

He may have only been a fictional character but that line makes a lot of sense and I think it really backs your thoughts on the Good Guy, Bad Guy, Same Guy thing.

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vrbmft 6 years ago from Yucaipa, California Author

Hello Terri, my rocks and feather lady. Thanks so much for reading and supporting my blogs. I'm glad you enjoyed it. And Larry, Wow, what a wonderful quote. Do you have that down by memory? That is so so so awesome, and yea, that's really exactly what I'm writing about. When someone tells me that they are just an a**hole, I always say, "well, PART of you is an a**hole, and some of us more than others need to be reminded of that, so when you get out of the shower in the morning, bend over and look in the mirror so you can get first hand information that PART of you is an a**hole, and the morning that that is all you see, then you are in trouble! I know a lot of folks think we should just liquidate him and whoever else is involved, but that is unAmerican!!! Very much cowboy!!! Thanks again for the support. I really enjoy blogging.

Diane Mierzwik 6 years ago

Hey Vern,

Can you give an example of a highly publicized trial that resulted in a negative consequence? I think your argument hinges on that...

Interesting read,


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vrbmft 6 years ago from Yucaipa, California Author

Hi Diane. Thanks for the comment. A good point you make. Let's lay out some evidence here. When I think about this notion of giving energy to something that might be better off not having any energy directed toward it, the first thing I always think of is the first airplane highjacking, I believe, back in the 70's It made big news on television and in the newspapers. Within the week, there were several more hijackings. With respect to the World Trade Center, in the initial 1993 bombing, the FBI were quite adept at determining the cause of the blast and eventually arresting several of the perpetrators. They were convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. I don't know if any of that publicity had any impact on 911 because I think they were determined at some point to bring down the towers, no matter how many attempts it may have required. I also think of the trials regarding civil rights issues and the uproar that followed, for example, the trial for the policemen who were involved in the Rodney King beating, but that is not exactly the same. So I will have to start researching my own hypothesis with respect to trials that draw considerable public attention. It may also work in reverse that giving energy to a cause, such as civil rights, brings about change. But obviously, it gets very complex to start sorting out all the variables. Thanks for reading and challenging me.

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palmerlarryray 6 years ago from Macon, Missouri

Hey Vern,

In answering your question about the quote, I have parts of it memorized but I still haven't got the whole speech down... I had to look it up. lol

Also, on researching high profile cases with fallout, you might consider the Columbine shootings which led to other school shootings. There's a real nice write up on the point of not making these defendants into public figures here

Also, I may be wrong as I was pretty young at the time but didn't the Iran Contra hostages have something to with a trial that they felt was unfair?

Hope this helps, Larry Ray

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vrbmft 6 years ago from Yucaipa, California Author

Hey Larry, thanks for the info. Will have to check it out. I forgotten about the Columbine shootings and the subsequent similar shootings. Also there are those going "postal" incidents and a number of other work related killings which seem to come in burts. Thanks again

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kimh039 6 years ago

an unsplit view of self and world in tecnicolor vs black and white. Thank you Vern.

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BennyTheWriter 6 years ago from Northeastern U.S.A.

The principle that stands out to me most is "WHATEVER YOU GIVE ENERGY TO PERSISTS." That's a very interesting and poignant truth. It does applies to politics, the media, etc., but it's also good a good principle to remember in everyday life (for example, giving energy to bad thoughts, worries, foolish decisions, etc.). I might write that one down : )

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vrbmft 6 years ago from Yucaipa, California Author

Hey, Benny. Thanks for reading so many of my blogs.

Yes, Whatever you give energy to persists is a wonder-filled rule of thumb. I remind myself all the time and then shut my mouth or keep my eyes from rolling!! And yes, absolutely. Giving energy to bad thoughts and the like is something to avoid for sure. I don't know how all that stuff works, but I know if I start seeing a negative outcome in my mind, the negative outcome may be just around the corner. Got to watch words as well. You know when you say something like, "this paperwork is going to kill me." You want to quickly back up and make another comment like, "this paperwork is challenging and by God, I'm going to finish it up or some such comment.

Again, thanks for the support and I will be checking out your blogs as well.

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seattleamilehigh1 5 years ago from Seattle, Washington

I dont think I could get anything done with negative premonitions going into a task. I gotta be on top all the time. Great article, excellent and informative read!

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vrbmft 5 years ago from Yucaipa, California Author

Thanks for reading seattle, glad to make your acquaintance and I will be checking out your hubs as well. For me, it is really even beyond positive and negative or being on top or bottom. We have that ability to shape what we are about to do in our brains. We can envision whatever it is and pull it off accordingly, much like the gymnist. Thanks again for reading.


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seattleamilehigh1 5 years ago from Seattle, Washington

i really just knoe in the back of my brain I can do anything, ANYTHING is acheivable. I think the key is knowing how to fail, you got to be able to know how to be and feel let down.


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seattleamilehigh1 5 years ago from Seattle, Washington

Losing is just as much a "part of the game" as winning is, and it's the one that hurts.


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vrbmft 5 years ago from Yucaipa, California Author

Hi Seattle

Love your comments. Batting average in baseball captures what you are saying. You know, 300 is a mawvelous batting average, but in essence, you are failing 70 percent of the time and knowing that, still stepping up to the plate 100 percent of the time.

I love Martial Arts and have vowed to join a class, but, along the lines of what you are saying, you have to learn to fall in Martial Arts to even practice all the moves. Interesting!

Take care, my fellow Hubber. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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