"The opportunity that is concealed within every crisis does not manifest until all the facts of any given situation are acknowledged and fully accepted. As long as you deny them, as long as you try to escape from them or wish that things were different, the window of opportunity does not open up, and you remain trapped inside of that situation, which will remain the same or deteriorate further." - Eckhart Tolle, "The Power of Now", p. 131 Friends, We CAN change the world. Make no mistake about that. People have done it before - gotten rid of regimes that seemed to all the world unassailable, invincible, all powerful. It becomes possible when everyone decides they've had enough and they decide to act together to do something about it. Workers lay down their tools, soldiers lay down their weapons or change sides, and people rejoice in the streets - that kind of thing. The obstacle to transformation is not the regime; it is our inaction, our perceived inability to act as a people. The regime in fact, with all its excesses, creates the crisis in which this opportunity lies hidden - the regime is ultimately our benefactor, the impetus for transformation, a transformation that is centuries overdue. Tolle writes above about crises in relationships, and our co-dependent habit of denying the relationship's emotional elephants in the kitchen. But his words apply equally to our co-dependent relationship with the regime. As long as we pretend we live in a democracy, as long as we pretend our "leaders" are not acting out a predatory script, as long as we pretend that things will get better after the "next election" - then we are ignoring the elephants in the kitchen. We are in denial and we can do nothing about our problems. We are in fact a major part of the problem. We are like the spouse who "doesn't see" their partner's alcoholism. I don't write about 9/11 because I hope the "truth will come out" and the perpetrators will be exposed and punished. I know that won't happen. It cannot happen. I write in the hope that people will give up their illusions - not everyone at once as a response to a media event that will never happen - but as individuals who finally decide to take the wool off their eyes. Only after the truth about our system is "acknowledged and fully accepted" are we free to face the necessary task before us - the task of social transformation. That task is ours, not anyone else's. If people really want to stay with the blue pill, and enjoy along with Cypher the perceived benefits of living in a relatively well-off situation, then I hope they do so consciously - accepting that they are destroying the world that their children must live in. Such people are at least proceeding honestly. They are no longer co-dependent but are rather conscious allies of the regime, and they've washed their hands of the world's future. After we all die off, they can hope another species does better in its turn. Whatever your course, I simply urge you to ACCEPT REALITY. That is the only place from which transformation can emerge. How can you tell when you are denying reality? The signs are not easy to notice - not by those who are suffering from denial. Denial is enforced by defense mechanisms, and those mechanisms hide the fact of denial from us. The way you can tell is if you find yourself ignoring the evidence in front of you. You'll have good reasons to ignore it - that's the nature of denial. To uncover your eyes, you need to learn to question your reasons, to become the observer of your mind. best regards, rkm -- ============================================================================ Featured articles: "Escaping the Matrix": http://cyberjournal.org/cj/rkm/WE/jun00Matrix.shtml "Returning to our roots": http://cyberjournal.org/cj/rkm/MC/mar01Roots.shtml "A Guidebook" for transformation: http://cyberjournal.org/cj/guide/ Jerry Fresia: "Toward an American Revolution": http://cyberjournal.org/cj/authors/fresia/ "Consensus does not mean agreement. It means we create a forum where all voices can be heard and we can think creatively rather than dualistically about how to reconcile our different needs and visions." - Starhawk, "Lessons from Seattle and Washington D.C.", in "Democratizing the Global Economy", Kevin Danaher, ed., Common Courage Press, Monroe, Maine, 2001. 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