I’m just sitting here this morning reading on the internet recollections of 9/11 and trying to make some sense of it all.  I was struck by the similarity to the the situation with the Lightening Struck Tower card of the Tarot.  The Tower card represents violent change, from the inside out.  It features a tower struck by lightening, and everything inside it being expelled.  It signifies change and restructuring from the inside out.

That’s what happened to the United States that day.  The loss of life was staggering, horrific.  It set us on a course of action that had a domino effect, even to this day ten years later.

We got involved in a senseless war that had nothing to do with this event. After Viet Nam, I never thought our country would engage in a war of aggression in that way again.  I would have thought we learned a lesson.  But we did not.

This war still rages 10 years later.  We have lost thousands of our  young men and women, and untold numbers of Iraqi and Afghanistani civilians have also perished.  All this because we wanted “to fight them over there, rather than over here”.  As though those lives had less meaning than American lives.  Two countries who have been devastated by war still continue to feel those effects.

Prejudice and judgment have come back once again into American Culture.  I read constant hate articles and article comments against Muslims and since this is now politically correct, hatred toward other groups such as gay people.

An insidious wave of hatred and war seems to permeate the world.  It seems our actions afterwards have spawned a breakout of human against human.  Human against the planet.  In our economic doldrums, we now choose to roll back all the ecological progress we have made.

There were many times I can say that I was embarrassed to be an American.  I saw things going on, policies being evoked such as The Patriot Act, which inhibited the liberties we fought so hard to attain.  I have seen our government thow our liberties out the window at the drop of a hat.  I remember the words of Patrick Henry:  “I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”  We are no longer willing to fight for the liberty that we seek to impose on other nations.

Our current economic woes are due to the fact that we have stretched ourselves thin in endless war.  I don’t think you can force democracy on another country.  We had to fight hard for ours; so must these countries.  You have to really want it, and I don’t think they do.  Given a choice, I think they would vote for theocracy.

I have watched our country go from #1 to somewhere way down the list.  Our school systems are awful, medical systems are out of control, state budgets in near bankruptcy, governmental corruption, regression in our ecological strides, economic disaster and a government that is at best ineffectual.  The recent infighting in congress shows just how divided our nation is.  And as the quote goes, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

I think what has happened is that we are still in the throes of a violent inner restructuring.  The Tower Card.  All that has happened since 9/11 has served to show us how complacent and arrogant we had become.  Being hit in such a way in the center of our economic world exposed the greed which fuels our economy and politics.

I see the stirrings of a new America emerging.  The heroism exhibited by our citizens on the day still shines today.  We will always remember the brave citizens of the flight which crashed in Pennsylvania.  We will always honor the NY Fire and Police Departments.  We now have had our veil of illusion pierced.  We are no longer invulnerable.  No matter how much money you generate, you can still experience a tragedy of epic proportions.

I personally would like to see a more compassionate America.  One that is not entrenched in greed, ego and judgment.  I truly hope that once the dust of 9/11 clears, that is the direction we are moving towards.

I would think after thousands of years of man fighting man, we might have learned a lesson.  And that is that war and violence solve nothing.  We just get sucked into a whirlpool of more war and violence.  We have to find another way.

All wars are civil wars, because all men are brothers.
Francois Fenelon


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