Our Greatest of Teachers…

I believe there will soon be a time when the memory of September 11, 2001 is used no longer to mourn a great tragedy, rally the cries of patriotism, or beat the drums of endless war, but to explore the unlimited potential of a truly peaceful human society.  In the twelve years since that day which ushered in one of the darkest moments of human history we have fought the face of terror all over the world, started a multitude of new conflicts, continued older ones, and created the most extensive and paranoid security apparatus the world has ever seen.  We have suffered countless dead, grievously wounded, and forever displaced as many of our greatest dreams lay shattered much like the rubble of our World Trade Center, seeping seemingly forever into the darkest shadows of our collective consciousness.  In our search for security we have offered our children nothing other than the prospect of endless war amid growing resource competition, global poverty epidemics, and the seeds of true desperation and radicalization.  And as we reflect on the experience of the past twelve years, we must re-experience some of the darkest corners of our current human reality.

And yet this darkness is not something to be feared…for indeed fear is the absolute worst possible reaction to any uncomfortable truth.  Darkness exists simply as an opposing polarity (not duality) to light and indeed each state is quite reflective of its opposite. Darkness is the most powerful of teachers when examined and understood properly and without experiencing it we have no way of knowing the scope of our true potential as an enlightened human community.  The same as all polarities in this Universe, without experiencing one, you can never know the other…you cannot take the Yin without the Yang, the feminine without the masculine…

Our society however, tends to shirk away from its own darkness.  Its realities and manifestations are cloaked away within our closets of dirty little secrets never to be brought into the light of day.  We shy away from our uncomfortable truths and instead chose to wave our flags, raise our glasses in remembrance, and carry on with our duties pledging to never give up the fight.  All along, the more we hide from these uncomfortable feelings, the more discomforting the ultimately become…How do you end the endless war?  What is security and why are so many people dying in its name?  Are our differences really so great that they cannot be bridged by simple dialogue and true efforts at mutual understanding and collaboration?   And in the end, was this whole war thing actually worth it at all?

Ultimately, if you ever want to see the true face of terror, the true manifestation of pure darkness, you only need a very careful and introspective look in the mirror.  For the world we experience and the people we see are only a very deep reflection of the content of our own hearts, our personal manifestation of our collective consciousness.  And our own greatest and only true enemy is the fear we hold of uncovering, experiencing, confronting, and understanding every aspect of our reality good and bad, light and dark, comfortable and a bit frightening…

So as we move forward to build the future of this great human experience I advise you to not hide from the darkness.  Feel it, embrace it, experience it, learn from it, and in the end chose to leave it behind.  Without knowledge of these darkest corners of our human experience there is no way we can build a future based on the light.  Without experiencing the dark side of human consciousness we have no reference point for charting a course for the future.  And without confronting our inner demons we have no way of illuminating the path for a new humanity.  It is this understanding through experience which is truly the greatest opportunity that was given to us with brute and painful force on September 11, 2001. One day it will be remembered as the moment we finally learned to seek the light and work to create a new human society.  But before that time, we must pass through the dark of the night.  Safe journeys, my friends…I truly hope you learn something from our greatest of teachers.  I’ll do what I can to illuminate some of the tricky parts ahead.  In Love and In La’kesh.



11 SEP 2013, 2355 (L), Raeford, NC, USA


About briangdonnelly

I'm pretty much a random traveler and free thinker. Right now I live and work with the Army in North Carolina. I grew up in Missouri but am from the northeast US and have traveled a lot with the Army and life in general so I can't say I really have a "home" except where I chose to catch a few hours or rack each day. Overall, life is pretty awesome and I'm looking forward to changing the world. Hit me up if you care... Peace, Brian
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