The Natural Way

Thursday, March 27, 2003

Our world is changing quickly. In no other time has there been so much worldwide dialogue on the benefits and drawbacks of war and peace. Our world has been speaking out almost in a democratic manner. Our behavior as a nation has been, and is, in question by so many throughout the differing nations. At times of great change, anxiety levels increase.

The nature of anxiety is important to understand. It is anticipation of what might happen, based often upon what has happened. When we act to reduce anxiety by becoming brutal, controlling and not listening to others, we end up hurting others and hurting ourselves.

Engaging in a pre-emptive war does give us an outlet for revenge and the faulty view of making ourselves safe again. First, no one can predict the future and second, revenge and healing are opposing energies. One cannot be seeking revenge and have healing at the same time.

It is very human to dump our need for revenge on someone we think is lesser. The outcome is certain that way.

What makes this more difficult to sort out is that anxiety and excitement are very similar in our bodies. The experience is the same: adrenaline rushes, heartbeat quickens, breathing rate increases, a call to action follows.

The difference is that anxiety is based upon worry about the future while excitement is felt in the present. War produces excitement as it is happening now. This shifts how we see the world and anxiety lessens for a while.

Bottom line is that this is a faulty way of becoming secure. This type of aggressiveness creates a thin film of safety which constantly must be kept up otherwise it fails miserably. By engaging in an aggressive war we mortgage our sons, daughters and many generations to come. No human can live in anxiety and peace at the same time. Fighting for peace is a failed policy -- it just changes the cast of characters. Protesting for peace is another way of saying "fighting for peace," just done differently. To have peace, we must live in peace. The trouble is, great spiritual trust is needed. That all-too-human demon of anxiety is always nearby.

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