The War on Terror is failing. The U.S. citizens are losing. From the Patriot Act to mother’s having to drink their own breast milk in order to board planes, the so-called “War” has been a miserable defeat to the citizens of the United States.
We are living in a reactionary period and the U.S. government has invoked and provoked more fear into the hearts of their citizens more so than any act of terror from foreign hostiles have. Humans have this wonderful capacity to forgive and forget but since that seems to be apathetic to the plight of those who have lost loved ones due to foreign enemies let’s try a rephrase: Time is a magic pill.
No matter our pain or grievance, time seems to fill in the empties of hurt with love, new experiences, and successes. We may not forget our pain but left to our God-given devices we do move on from it. We can’t re-feel it with the same cut-to-the-quick as it originally inflicted. This is natural. It is our nature. It prevents tragedy and hurts from consuming us into despair.
When I went down a fireman’s pole on the playground a few months ago, my leg became burned. I was swatting away a wasp and as a result came down the pole too quickly for my leg. It felt as if my entire lower leg was on fire for well over a couple of hours. A few days later a nasty scab came to take the place of my burned skin. A couple of weeks later it dried up and fell off. I still have a scar. No one told me to remember that but I did just recount it. I am not re-feeling it and my leg does not burn. I remember that it burned. I do not remember what that felt like. One pain can be different than another and some take more time to “fill in with the good stuff” but in a healthy person it is not just possible but our survival depends upon it.
Some unfortunate souls do lack this ability that most of us possess. They take out their trusty magnifying glasses and stare and remember and massage and continue to re-feel every pain and tragedy they have ever suffered. This is not the average person but probably the person who drinks too much alcohol, or plays with too many psychotropics. Their filter of pain prohibits their moving into the joy and they stay stuck. Is this a healthy way to be or don’t suicides occur due to re-feeling of pain to such a degree that no joy can be garnered anywhere? It seems almost as if America has turned alcoholic.
Even the 9/11 catchphrase of “Never Forget” encourages the re-feeling of that day’s tragedy. Don’t move on. Don’t let your life take its course. In case you almost forget – don’t! Reminding us that the “Terror Alert is Elevated” is another reminder just in case you forget and were about to relax and enjoy yourself in your travels. The Patriot Act, ever diligent in it’s promise to keep our America secure is another device to remind us we need protecting and many Americans, taking at face value that the Act itself is a necessary evil, have proclaimed with true patriotic concession, that to be a good American requires the sacrificing of inherent rights for us to remain secure.
Fear makes allowances where else there would be none. We give up all sorts of things, ideas, actions, behaviors, and thoughts due to fear. Fear of what may happen. Fear of what people may think. Fear of how I’ll feel if. Fear if I do this. Fear if I don’t. Nothing sends a more powerful message than fear and to keep a person in fear, all one has to do is constantly remind them to re-feel…remember. As long as you’re doing that, you won’t be here, open and present for the joys in your life.
Running from looks exactly the same as running toward but in the difference, there is a world. “I don’t know where I’m going but I need to get away.” versus “I am running toward something I want.” Fear versus Freedom. The government is counting on your fear-based beliefs to not know the difference.
Remember. The government needs your cooperation. Never Forget.
This article originally appeared on Newsvine at August 01, 2006. If you’re a member of Newsvine you can participate in the discussion there or of course, feel free to leave comments here. Flaming, attacking, or berating others – or myself – is not tolerated.