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April 07, 2009


Deborah Wolfe

Perhaps I am alone in this, but I don't think it behooves us to constantly remember our 'history' aka our 'tragedies' or else we're doomed to repeat it/them.

I think just the opposite. Forget about it. Don't dwell. Move on. Live a happy life, right here, right now, in this present moment.

Bad shit happens to good people all the time. No amount of organizing, picketing and general outrage will erase all of this behavior.

There is no 'why'. That is quite correct. Move along. Nothing to see here.

There is 'aberrant' behavior at the molecular levels. This is often referred to as 'evolution'.

The only thing we can control is us; the way we choose to think and therefore feel about any given thing.

Deborah Wolfe

I just want to clarify I do not advocate disregarding the very real tragedy of these families. They have sustained a truly horrendous thing. I am speaking more in a 'global' sense. My heart goes out to the families of all the victims.


Deborah - do you really believe that 'living a happy life' comes to those who simply forget the past? It isn't about erasing the behaviour - the behaviour is as human as forcible sex in prisons, driving fast cars too fast and killing for sport. But if my piece says anything, it is that the outrage exhibited by police, politicians and bystanders to a terrible crime is mostly posturing. When they say ' we must make sure nothing like this happens again' you sorta shake your head and go 'what charm school did you learn that one at?'
And paying some sort of homage to the slaughtered is not a waste of time. It is a way to stay awake to the beauties and the glories of living. Otherwise why bother? Don't care about anything? Why bother?
And yeah, even knowing our past - humans will repeat it. 'We Are The World' was the great 1980's anthem to stop hunger in the future. And now - now there's Darfur. I believe what we do when we remember is to remind ourselves that every generation believed the world was ending - and it did not.

Deborah Wolfe

I dont' watch the news. Rarely read the news. I made a decision several decades ago to unplug. I have to admit I have no idea who most of the people you're writing about are. I had to look up the Kerby Revelus case. Horrifying. Didn't make me feel good reading it. Can't imagine being that family.

As to homage to the slaughtered; of course. We humans want, need and crave our rituals, ceremonies and rites of passage. They sooth, comfort, and provide a sense of structure and coherence.

I have the feeling you and I have some staggering differences to our world view and basic philosophy. I am prepared to accept that we feel differently. I believe it is an attraction based universe, and whatever we give our attention to will attract more of the same. What you resist, persists. I believe the best thing any of us can do, LITERALLY, is FEEL GOOD. The better we feel, the happier we are, the more good 'vibes' (for a totally corny and lack of a better way to put it) we send out into the matrix, the better the world is, all the way around.

If we all sit around feeling bad for places like Darfur, then we just keep the 'bad' mojo flowing to it.

Now, that doesn't mean there is no place for the 'action' part of the journey either. But acting from an 'inspired' place, rather than a 'motivated' place will yield higher results. In other words, take no action until you are properly lined up with the outcome, energetically speaking.

And there is always the issue of answering a question that hasn't been asked, but I won't elaborate on that at this time.

Clearly, Kerby Revelus was a young man severely out of alignment with his own stream of well being. His sisters? That falls under the catagory of 'bad things happening to good people'. Why do these things happen? I can only say what I believe, and many people won't agree or like it. NOTHING can EVER happen to ANY of us, that we are not, on some level, in alignment with it. Every death is a suicide, on some level. We all choose when we go. Circumstances line up for us, different paths align....the number of people who would usually have been in the World Trade Center was so much larger than the number who actually showed up that day. For those who weren't ready to exit this life, they over slept, they just missed their train, they got caught in traffic, they called in sick....

Death is not the worst thing that can happen to a person. I believe we all return to pure, positive energy. Nothing created can ever be un-created.

Of course, we are all human, and each one of us is entitled to the full range of human emotions. When someone dies a violent death, especially, it can reverberate deeply with us. It shakes us. We have our feelings about it. But ultimately, it's only life and none of us is getting out alive.

"Life is eternal, and love is immortal,
and death is only a horizon;
and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight."
~Rossiter Worthington Raymond

Good night Jill. Hope we're still friends.

Deb in Minnesota

Jill, the only thing I know for sure is that human beings have a great capacity for bad and for good. And I hope that it is the good that wins.

To DW, I'm not sure I understand what you are trying to say about "every death is a suicide" but my instinct is to say, "no."

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