I was very sad last night to listen to the celebrations and the horrible jokes and photos of the Statue of Liberty holding the head of Osama Bin Laden as well as comments about game over.
This was no game. This was real life. It was about LIFE. Lives were lost on 9/11 thanks to this man. What sort of person takes the lives of 3000 civilians at one time? A very miserable one. I don’t mean that he was a horrible person but that he was quite literally obviously miserable. No one with love in their hearts could contemplate the killing of that many people. As the country banded together after 9/11 most people banded with compassion for the victims. However another overriding emotion seemed to be there–that of the need for revenge. They were angry.
Anger often happens when we can’t allow ourselves to feel fear. Holding onto anger is easier than feeling fear or grief or many other emotions. We think anger is an emotion that makes us strong. The dark side of anger is that can make us forget compassion.
In the time since the World Trade Center bombings we have allowed many of our best and brightest to die in wars that were supposed to make us safer but did not accomplish that. We have killed many other people across the world, some of whom were indeed trying to kill us, but others were only caught in the crossfire. We have spread our own brand of hatred and fear. Back home, the number of children who go to bed hungry has climbed, we have huge employment figures, where many of those people have been job hunting for so long they no longer get benefits. Other people have taken large pay cuts, meaning they may be living on the fringes and barely hanging on. Record numbers of people have lost their homes and there are still thousands of people who cannot get healthcare, which in many cases is a death sentence. The first responders to the disaster are left to fend for themselves as health issues pop up related to toxic exposures from that time.
Our country is an angry country and we lost our compassion, not only for those who may have been involved in the attacks but for people in our own country. We continue to be angry and to incite more anger by metaphorically dancing on the grave of very miserable man. Instead of trying to understand why, we seek only to destroy.
Until we let go our anger we will never feel the compassion and love that we have the opportunity to feel. Letting go of anger is hard because it’s scary. In this case it serves no purpose. As all acupuncturists know, stuck emotions can cause health problems. Let’s stop taxing the organs associated with hatred and fear and instead open our hearts to compassion and love.