[sixties-l] Fwd: The Deeper Wound (deepak chopra)

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Date: Wed Sep 26 2001 - 19:16:02 EDT

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    This is one of the best statements I have seen.

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    The Deeper Wound

    As fate would have it, I was leaving New York on a jet flight that took off
    45 minutes before the unthinkable happened. By the time we landed in
    Detroit, chaos had broken out. When I grasped the fact that American
    security had broken down so tragically, I couldn't respond at first. My
    wife and son were also in the air on separate flights, one to Los Angeles,
    one to San Diego. My body went absolutely rigid with fear. All I could
    think about was their safety, and it took several hours before I found out
    that their flights had been diverted and both were safe. Strangely, when
    the good news came, my body still felt that it had been hit by a truck. Of
    its own accord it seemed to feel a far greater trauma that reached out to
    the thousands who would not survive and the tens of thousands who would
    survive only to live through months and years of hell. And I asked myself:
    Why didn't I feel this way last week?
    Why didn't my body go stiff during the bombing of Iraq or Bosnia?
    Around the world my horror and worry are experienced every day. Mothers
    weep over horrendous loss, civilians are bombed mercilessly, refugees are
    ripped from any sense of home or homeland.
    Why did I not feel their anguish enough to call a halt to it?
    As we hear the calls for tightened American security and a fierce military
    response to terrorism, it is obvious that none of us has any answers.
    However, we feel compelled to ask some questions. Everything has a cause,
    so we have to ask:
    What was the root cause of this evil?
    We must find out not superficially but at the deepest level. There is no
    doubt that such evil is alive all around the world and is even celebrated.
    Does this evil grow from the suffering and anguish felt by people we don't
    know and therefore ignore?
    Have they lived in this condition for a long time?
    One assumes that whoever did this attack feels implacable hatred for
    America. Why were we selected to be the focus of suffering around the world?
    All this hatred and anguish seems to have religion at its basis. Isn't
    something terribly wrong when jihads and wars develop in the name of God?
    Isn't God invoked with hatred in Ireland, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan,
    Israel, Palestine, and even among the intolerant sects of America?
    Can any military response make the slightest difference in the underlying
    Is there not a deep wound at the heart of humanity?
    If there is a deep wound, doesn't it affect everyone?
    When generations of suffering respond with bombs, suicidal attacks, and
    biological warfare, who first developed these weapons?
    Who sells them?
    Who gave birth to the satanic technologies now being turned against us?
    If all of us are wounded, will revenge work?
    Will punishment in any form toward anyone solve the wound or aggravate it?
    Will an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, and limb for a limb, leave us
    all blind, toothless and crippled?
    Tribal warfare has been going on for two thousand years and has now been
    magnified globally.
    Can tribal warfare be brought to an end?
    Is patriotism and nationalism even relevant anymore, or is this another
    form of tribalism?
    What are you and I as persons going to do about what is happening?
    Can we afford to let the deeper wound fester any longer?
    Everyone is calling this an attack on America, but is it not a rift in our
    collective soul? Isn't this an attack on civilization from without that is
    also from within?
    When we have secured our safety once more and cared for the wounded, after
    the period of shock and mourning is over, it will be time for soul
    searching. I only hope that these questions are confronted with the deepest
    spiritual intent. None of us will feel safe again behind the shield of
    military might and stockpiled arsenals. There can be no safety until the
    root cause is faced. In this moment of shock I don't think anyone of us has
    the answers. It is imperative that we pray and offer solace and help to
    each other. But if you and I are having a single thought of violence or
    hatred against anyone in the world at this moment, we are contributing
    to the wounding of the world.
    Deepak Chopra

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