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America and the Dark Ages Tribal Mentality

Updated on May 2, 2011

May 1, 2011?

Come out of the dark....

Osama bin Laden is dead. A promise kept and a mass murderer killed. We can be grateful, but why do we act like sports fans and create mass celebration over a death of someone. Are we no better than those cheering the fall of the twin towers? In fact, we THINK we are better than everyone because we are American. Truth is we can think we are better, but that does not make it so. We are no better than anyone else. NO better.

Breaking news on May 1st indicates that Navy Seals have stormed the "compound" (no better words news media?) and taken out the spiritual mastermind of 9-11. Many of us though him to be dead years ago....but ok I get it. Within two days we have taken out Saif Quaddafi, Bin Laden and innocent children. All part of the ravages of war? Yes, we had military elite working on this and going into harms way. Can we now stop this foolishness? Can those who also bitch about Obama and his ineffective terrorism tactics shut their collective yappers too? Geeze Louise...can we ever just get along?

In the words of Badshah Khan:

" Today’s world is traveling in some strange direction. You see that the world is going toward destruction & violence & the specialty of violence is to create hatred among people & to create fear. I am a believer in nonviolence & I say that no peace or tranquility will descend upon the people of the world until nonviolence is practiced, because nonviolence is love & it stirs courage in people"

Collective fear is rampant on the planet. Keeping this intact is media spin, conspiracy theories, secret societies along with the attitude of revile against people being somehow different than them. Dancing in the streets over the death of an individual is savage behavior, not aligned with an enlightened society.

As an educator, as an American, as a spiritually integrated breaks my heart that we remain in the dark in 2011. We, as a collective, need to break from the "us vs them" mentality so ingrained in our psyches, or it will be our undoing.


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    • Aley Martin profile imageAUTHOR

      Alice Lee Martin 

      7 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      Always welcome your witnessing and thoughts here on Hubpages...namaste and thanks to all.

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      7 years ago

      Practicing nonviolence. It is a path that I embrace. I'm not perfected upon it but I seek it ever, and adjust myself constantly, within my ability to perceive it.

      I did not feel in a celebratory mood. I was a bit staggered by the unexpected suddenness of the "news". I do see it as the "collective cells" of humanity's "immune system defenses" ridding the "body" of humankind of a "sick" cell.

      I never harbored hatred or resentment towards Osama bin Laden, nor did I think much about him really. I thought he was an attractive looking person, no reaction to him as "sinister".

      I do not think killing him makes us safer but it may provide some "sense of justice" to families who lost loved ones to his senseless violence. I believe that all justice (activities related to addressing behaviors) is somehow karmic justice.

      The most meaningful radio commentary (NPR in my dentist's office) that I heard yesterday was this observation - the "revolutions" currently taking place, in the countries of the Middle East, were not inspired by Al Qaeda, or the kind of activity Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda were known for - they are productive and independent, of those darker impulses.

      The actions of Al Qaeda were "anger expressed" and destructive. There was no plan for "positive alternatives" to put in place; and no clear indication or measurement of "success achieved", as to what Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda were seeking to accomplish.

      What would have been success for their philosophy ? Personally, to me, not long after 9/11 - it seemed like only the annihilation of all non-Muslim people would be satisfactory to their cause. Perhaps I err in that belief, I did not get it from any expert or authority, it was simply how it "felt" to me, given what I knew at the time and for many years afterward.

      Simply Witnessing -


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      7 years ago from Kebumen, Indonesia

      Sometimes we forget the good things done by many good people as well. As President Obama, that he (the USA) will never be hostile to Islam. Thus, the main enemy of human is fear of our own. And terror is always present when scared was became increasingly. We are often caught in situations that judge without ever knowing what's going on in this life. Therefore, let us listen to conscience for all things become clear.

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      Richard Parr 

      7 years ago from Australia

      Thanks Aley Martin, I appreciated this article. Although vengeance was surely the motive behind much of the cheering, it also resulted from man’s tendency to oversimplify problems; especially those that would otherwise overwhelm us in there complexity. It is far easier, and obviously preferred, to emotionally point one finger at a single person or event and there place all blame (and resolution), than it is to step back and objectively assess all contributing factors; especially the finger pointing at ourselves. For all the guilt fixed upon Obama, he is but the tip of a berg made from waters many have contributed to. With its tip gone, the larger unresolved problems below the surface will now simply rise higher.

    • Aley Martin profile imageAUTHOR

      Alice Lee Martin 

      7 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      thank you both for commenting. I think we do need to move on and to remember that there are no winners in the game of war. :)

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      Daniel Durand 

      7 years ago from Southern Idaho

      A lot of people seem to be posting about this topic. While I admit that I felt a great deal of satisfaction over the news, it was more relief than anything else. We've finally accomplished what we set out to do. We need to move on and be dignified about it.

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      William Elliott 

      7 years ago from California USA

      Hello Aley, it does seem strange that people should celebrate the death of one man, given the lives spent in chasing him down.

      I would have felt happier in a quiet reflection of the loss of all the military who have died and been maimed because of our desire to get our own back for all the wrongs he committed against us and the world. His death will hardly make a footnote in history, though today it seems so important.

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      Mentalist acer 

      7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      As much as the U.S. alludes to its non-imperialist and non-expansionist rhetoric,it isn't,and incures rebellion of its world and over-bearing military polocies.;)

    • Aley Martin profile imageAUTHOR

      Alice Lee Martin 

      7 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      Thanks...sure hope we can begin to awaken from the sleepy slumber of day anyway...!

      thanks for your comment.

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      Mr. Happy 

      7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Yes, I found it strange too, looking at all the partying and festivities after many people died in the fight to get Osama bin Laden.

      If that's what closure means ... I am not really sure what to say. "You live by the gun, you die by the gun". As long as you make your peace with that statement I suppose, it's all good.

      Great blog. Cheers!

    • Aley Martin profile imageAUTHOR

      Alice Lee Martin 

      7 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      Folks, do not misread this. I am not advocating for anyone. I believe what happened for a reason. It is the enthusiasm and blood lust that bothers me...a great deal.


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