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Since the events of September 11, 2001, I have been searching for voices which speak of peace and which express the wish that the western world, and nations all over the world, act with restraint, wisdom, and compassion as they respond to terrorist acts. These are, indeed, difficult times but they are also an opportunity for the western world to "wake up" to the suffering in all parts of the world. All of us are being asked to look deeply into how we live our lives and how we may be contributing to the injustice and inequality in our world.
Joseph Cambell says, "In the Buddhist systems, the Buddhas appear in two aspects. There is the peaceful aspect and there is the wrathful aspect of the deity. Now, if you are clinging to your ego, to your own view of the world, and hanging on to that which may be needing to change in yourself - and the deity wants to open you - the wrathful aspect comes. It seems terrible, but if you are open enough then that same deity will turn into bliss."
This speaks to me about Osama Bin Laden and the 'terrorists' we are so afraid of. We are all being asked to discover the 'terrorist' in ourselves, and it seems to me that the western nations need to find the 'terrorist' in our governing bodies; to acknowledge and face the shadow aspects in these institutions. If this is not done, then we, as a society, will never be able to stop the threat from without no matter how many laws are put in place.
Those who wish to speak publicly about globalization, freedom of speech, environmental concerns, and other important issues must be given a great deal of room and respect so that they will feel their voices are being heard. That means finding forums for those who turn up at the GS Summits to protest decisions they feel are wrong, rather than building high walls around the "leaders" who are meeting inside and then tear gassing those outside who may feel desperate to have their voices heard. It means, instead of using rubber bullets to keep people away, treating those who are genuinely concerned about the direction our world is heading with dignity and respect. If the government does not listen to those who are asking for change - even if it is in a disorderly and chaotic way - it will be guilty of creating more terrorists.
This is a time of great change in our society. Chaos is always a precursor to a change of consciousness, and we are certainly in a time of chaos. However, what is important is that we do not revert back to old ways of dealing with this change. We must not cling desperately to some false sense of security, while justifying bombing innocent people in other parts of the world. We must not pass laws that jail people we suspect of being terrorists without their rights being adequately and fairly protected; all so that we as a society can feel "safe." There is no such thing as safety and for our governments to imagine that they can pass laws that will make all of us feel safe at the expense of breeding fear in the hearts of the Arab and Muslim communities, for example, would be a terrible mistake. A great deal of good can come from the events of September 11, 2001 if we can allow ourselves to open up to new possibilities and to our responsibilities to all of the citizens of the world. We are being called on, at this time in our history, to act in a way that shows compassion to our minority populations and to those countries who are suffering so greatly in other parts of the world.
We are all being asked to open to something new that is trying to come into being in our world. If we resist this powerful force by holding on to the old forms, without allowing room for the new to be born in us, then the wrathful aspect will create more and more Bin Ladens. If the governments of the world press down tightly on those who hold opposing views to the dominant culture - which are producing disastrous consequences in our world - then they will be the ones who should be held accountable for the terrorists who spring out of such repression. But if we give opportunities and space for dissenting voices and if we protect the rights of those who dissent - with just laws - then we will experience peace.
I am very grateful that many people are expressing concerns that we act mindfully and with compassion during this time of transformation. I hope that these articles and teachings will help to guide us to a deep sense of peace out which will be born action.
Individuals have tremendous power, and it is the power of non-violence. Individuals have to mobilize to make a difference, but tragically democracy is not really working in our world and a lot of the civil community has been disenfranchised. Where do we have genuine democracy? Let's listen to the voice of the people because it's a voice for peace.
Mairead Maguire Nobel Peace Laureate 1976 (BBC panel discussion 2001)  
While a small bird attempts to save a burning forest, engaged in a seemingly futile mission, she flies back and forth from the river dripping water from her beak. As the lone bird is running out of energy, the Buddhist gods, representing a compassionate function in the universe, see her desperate efforts and are so moved by her sincerity that they begin to cry. The "rain" of their tears extinguishes the fire and the forest survives.
A Buddhist parable  
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