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Chapter 7: Understanding Consciousness and Responsibility - The Ability to Respond

All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them. — Mathew 7:12

Globally, people are seeking to understand what we are doing here in the first place and why we as a species continue to try to kill each other. Why are we trying to self-destruct and destroy the world along with us. Global despair is forcing us to look at the "elephant in the living room"—several elephants, in fact: terrorism, ethnic cleansing, poverty, child abuse, greed, and global pollution. I hoped we would never see the elephant called terrorism. In all honesty, along with most of you, I feel rather impotent in dealing with this very real and present danger. Until we have some understanding of how we hold them in our minds and how their minds embrace these acts and the circumstances that have brought them to this place, we will not be able to move forward in our rightful claim to peace and freedom from this terrible menace.

Plundering, pilfering, poverty, polluting, and ethnic cleansing are old movies that are no longer acceptable in our twenty-first century consciousness—or so we say, although this very scenario continues to play itself out even in our time.

We in our Western world tend to draw back, to not get involved; even so, as terrorism encroaches on our way of life, we will respond. But until it affects us in our pocketbooks and/or personal comforts, most of us won't feel pressed to enter the fray.

Most of the land in our world has been claimed, reclaimed, divided, conquered, pilfered, and plundered over and over again, most times not in fair and just ways. We act out the scarcity principle under whose guise we try to gain more—just in case there is not enough. Might becomes right. We use violence and power for what we think we need, or because we feel that we're superior or special, and we see others as less valuable than we. We seem to think that people are commodities and easily replaceable, even when they are the same color, and dress and speak as we do. We want what they have—just in case there's not enough to fill our ever-demanding need for more comfort and more things.

In addition to our insatiable acquisitiveness, we presume to know what others should believe and how they should behave, and we attempt to impose our way of life upon them—believing that our way is the only way. <br>

War of the Gods

We buy into the belief that "my god is bigger than your god." People fight over matters of belief. It matters not one whit whether it's so-called Christians fighting Christians or Christians fighting other religions, or whether Muslims are fighting Muslims. Whatever religion one wants to claim as his or her own, it's the same. We tend to group over issues or to soldier gather, and...

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