Assessing Terrorism: Homegrown and Elsewhere

paris peace signPretty hard not to be affected by the degree of homicidal mania throughout the world right now.

First and foremost, I want to offer my condolences to all involved in these violent acts everywhere in the world, and to pray that Divine Light and Love flows effortlessly into every affected heart lightening the pain and healing the gaping wounds left in the wake of such senseless destruction.

Secondly, my opinions on the matter are pretty inconsequential to any aftermath outcome, but I think there is something that needs to be said on it because this is not a subject I would normally write about, so I’m feeling Spirit-nudged to put my two-cents into this for what it’s worth.

Three words that come immediately into my humble mind to now address this terrorism assessment are: perspective, context, and overview. So I’ll address them one at a time.

  • PERSPECTIVE on the “WHY?”

Acts of violence and barbarism are initiated to create widespread fear in the populace because FEAR is a tool for controlling others. FEAR is the adrenal gland’s natural fight or flight trigger. We tend to simply react one way or the other when we feel fear.

Most people who use this “fear” tool are banking on the flight response more than the fight response. fear and powerIt is also likely that those who feel the need to use FEAR as a tool are the ones who would otherwise feel the most impotent and powerless without using it.

The IMPOTENT and POWERLESS category can be a large one and include people who feel isolated, disenfranchised, unappreciated, unsure, and generally hopeless about their lives changing for the better anytime soon.

So to counter their feeling of impotence they force a change, and they use FORCE to make that change happen. These are not really powerful people—they are people who want to FEEL powerful in some way by creating that same powerless feeling in others.

  • CONTEXT on the “WHO?”

Rosse quoteAttributing widespread acts of terrorism and genocide to any particular group of combatants is to trace the “fear” tool back to the earliest forms of human competition for limited resources and community security. It can be tracked century by century through the annals of recorded history as the means that any conquering group used to eliminate their competition in the region.

Add some ideology and religious fervor to it, and you’ve got that ignominious term “religious war.” Lots of those have and still are occurring in various places throughout the world.

Or in large metropolises it can be gang-waged wars for the same basic principles of competition for resources and security. A year of drive-by shootings can be just as deadly as one-time staged assaults on what security analysts call “soft targets” of gathered citizenry.

  • OVERVIEW on the “Aftereffects of Terrorism”memorial

Terrorist assaults can occur anywhere in the world whether by a mentally ill sociopath locally in a movie theater or a grade school, or by two or more individuals who claim a unified common-cause but kill others and themselves more so because they feel no sense of purpose to their lives and are easily manipulated by charismatic leaders who appeal to the lesser person’s festering humiliation and anger toward others.

The aftereffect of terrorism is the same: Other people take notice of those offending individuals and provide them with exactly what they want the most: attention and false feelings of momentary power—created by the best tool they have in their arsenal—FEAR.

fearlessBut do you know what is most discouraging and disheartening to those homicidal individuals we commonly refer to as “terrorists”?

What returns that offender’s momentary feeling of power back to his original feeling of impotence is when the community and society that has been so maniacally assaulted by him don’t give in to the FEAR that he tried so hard to create. His efforts were in vain. He was simply ineffective again.

When the community and society adopts that “refusal to be fearful” to barbarism and violence, then these so-called “terrorists” have lost their main weapon.

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Personally I am far from a pacifist. I wish I were more loving and forgiving about the abhorrent actions of a few deranged or maladjusted individuals trying their best to destabilize communities and regions. But it doesn’t matter what my personal feelings are on this matter. What matters is that:

  • we never give in to fear.
  • We do what is necessary to defend ourselves and our families/communities, and
  • we work toward a better world where violence is never the answer to anything—where people actively engage in creating peaceful co-existence with their neighbors after finally realizing that basically we are all the same—
  • we are ONE PEOPLE—ONE WORLD.one love

In truth, fear is a weak motivational substitute for the overwhelming POWER of LOVE.

“Strangeness” Notice #537

notice of noticingThere has been so much strangeness the last few years that it’s becoming the new normalcy.

  • I’m getting used to those ancient memories popping into my head with no visible reason for them.
  • I’m becoming less reactive to sudden bursts of revulsion or general discomfort when standing too near blowhards and narcissists.
  • I’m warming to my new abilities to instantly detect lies and fabrications, especially with American political season in full swing.
  • But it’s a little harder to handle the lack of sleep due to huge amounts of energy pouring through me 24/7/365.

blue sunUnfortunately I think these once-considered abnormalities have become the new norm for many of us.

Something is happening in our world and to all of us; and it’s hard to put your finger on exactly what that “something” is other than to me it feels like we are swimming in a completely different ocean of energy than we were a few years ago.

That newer energy is both purifying and clarifying—almost sanitizing in effect. Perhaps we’re effectively getting our psyches bleached in these higher frequency vibs coming in now.

People seem different now. People act differently toward each other. We are inherently wary of each other.

We don’t trust anyone any longer. And we’ve been given ample reasons to feel that way.energy strangeness

When every information source has been discredited as merely clandestine attempts to manipulate our buying habits, then one starts to wonder who can be believed (politicians) and who can be trusted to put my best interests ahead of their personal ambitions and/or corporate/personal profits?

I wouldn’t call most people indifferent or apathetic to what is currently happening to them, but I think many people are confused about how to view the world around them now, and perhaps more confused about defining their proper place within that world.

Are we global citizens with serious responsibilities toward protecting our fellow world citizens? Are we nationalists with concerns only for our own country’s state of affairs?

Are we being herded together by our ideologies for mass stampedes toward revolt and insurrection; or are we individualists assessing the political climate for sanity and reason but finding little?

bleachWhatever we are feeling, I think it’s all a part of these bleach-out-the-old-stains energies moving around and through us right now. Like it or not, we ALL are getting a strong dose of intense “whitening power” during this lengthy agitation cycle.

I guess the question then might be: is it better to be put through the wringer attachment allowing the last of the residues to be slowly squeezed out of us, or is it better to simply sit in that centrifugal spin-cycle for an indefinite amount time?

Either way, the immediate future won’t be very pleasant.idiot in dryer

Which also means that our next choice might be equally bad: to be hung on a drip-dry line in variable winds or to be tumbled about in tight confinement under intense heat.

But then again, I’m not sure that we have a choice in the matter.

It may be the price we pay for cleaning up our acts.