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Another Sad Day

Well it looks like we have another sad day in the world. The forces of evil have struck out. And if we are not careful we will feed the flames of hate and violence in response. I’m not sure what we do to stop this terror. I believe you cannot use terror and violence to counter terror and violence. But, at the same time we aren’t going to hug this out.
There is not enough love and compassion in the world. What we can do is create as much love as we can. And maybe it won’t end the violence. We can’t end violence in the world all at once But maybe a smile and a friendly word can change hearts one person at a time. It is in the human heart where acts of hate and love are born. It sounds trite to suggests terrorists blow up airports because no one loved them. It is clearly more complex. But what are the hearts who turn to hate? And are they given the choice of love?
There must be a path which leads us away from doom. One person at a time. We don’t know the people we meet on the street. The people we cross paths with on the subway. Smile and send loving energy into the world. Offer everyone a spirit of warmth. If one person can smile and bring some peace to a persons souls. Maybe two people can bring love to their heart. Three people, or four people, or five can chase the darkness out. We are one human race. The clear message of events like this is we cannot isolate ourselves. We are not islands living within our own perfect worlds. We are souls living together in a troubled world. A world which needs healing. What can we do to bring healing to the world today.
Striking back with bombs, terror and violent acts will not heal the pain in our world. Even if not a single innocent person was killed. But in every war inoocent people are killed and hurt. Families are torn apart. Communities left without working men. The bombs falling after one attack become the seeds for the next. We have to find a way to love each other more.
We are talking about people who choose to die. People who go to their deaths to kill others. If we believed we were one? And we made everyone feel a part of the whole. How could anyone choose to blow themselves up? Who would choose to die if they could choose to live? Who would choose hate if they could choose love? Would you?
We are living in a rapidly changing world. On ourside of the map we have Donald Trump. He has became the face of what people fear. Many people who are afraid of the changes in our world turn to him. For them he has become a guiding voice. But he has blamed the others for our problems. It is the fault of rapists from Mexico and terrorists from the Muslim world. On the other side of the world things are also changing. Cultures are being overturned in part by western influence through the internet. People over there like over here may be questioning their place in this new world. Their leaders blame the west. The evil imperialistic west has caused their problems. The bombers who blew themselves up in Europe were puppets. Their strings being pulled by people with their own agendas.
I believe it is isolated, lost, hurt and lonely people who turn to terror. They are being led and direcred by people who fear the changes in their countries. Maybe they believe if they could stop the tide of change the world would return to the way it was before. But they can’t turn back the clock in their countries. Anymore than we can turn back the clock in our country. They like us need to find ways to adapt to the new world we are living in today. And it isn’t going to be easy for any of us.
We have a choice to make ourselves in this world. We can choose more hate and anger. Watching events on the news makes these easy options. But if we think in our minds about how evil “those people” are, we are not going to be sending them loving energy. Not in the abstract – and not in the concrete daily one on one interactions. If we can try to understand, and have compassion, we are moving in the right direction. Maybe we can see how they struggle in the same world we struggle in to survive. Then we see them as brothers and sisters on the path. And we love our brothers and sisters even when they haven’t made the best choices. It will take a total change of our own hearts and minds away from fear and hatred. To love and understanding.
Love and fear cannot exist in the same place at the same time. Remember only love is real. The Course in Miracles tells us everything is either an act of love or a call for love. It isn’t easy for me to explain how these acts are calls for love. But I believe it is true.

Migrant crisis: Refugees trudge through Hungary – CNN.com

Hundreds of refugees from the Middle East made the final leg of their trip through Hungary on foot, walking the 4 kilometers to the Austrian border

Source: Migrant crisis: Refugees trudge through Hungary – CNN.com

I got an idea. It may be the only humane and fair way to handle this crisis. Find a relatively un-populated island near Greece. Put together a fund with money from the EU and member countries. Build a large facility to temporarily house and process the migrants. All migrants should then be encouraged to go to this camp. Or be taken to the camp. And countries could send ships to collect the migrants and bring them to their countries.

Yes, I doubt it would work. But right now a huge burden is being taken on by a few countries in Eastern Europe. Countries which lack the resources to really handle the problem. Some of them are putting up fences. I understand why countries would feel the need to protect themselves from the flood of people. But in the end these people will continue to arrive. The best solution is to intercept the migrants before they arrive in Europe.

Syrian Migrants

I’ve been watching the flood of people coming into Europe from the Middle East. It brings to mind the people movements which ended the Roman Empire.

Like the people coming into Europe now. People groups flooding into the Roman Empire were being pushed by war. Many of today’s Europeans are descendants of those people groups. Today’s Europeans have no right to claim the land.

Native tribes of North America tell stories of having always been on the land. But they weren’t always on the land. Europeans are a mixture of waves upon waves of people groups coming out of Asia and the Middle East. This is just the most recent wave.

The Roman Empire couldn’t stop the influx of people. They could accept them into their borders, or fight the losing battle of keeping them out. In turns the Empire took both paths. I’m not suggesting the Roman Empire wouldn’t have fallen if it had taken a different path with migrants. The Empire fell for many reasons. But like the Roman Empire, Europe can’t stop people from coming.

Today’s Europe is much stronger than the Roman Empire. Not just in military terms but social economic terms. The countries of Europe and the European Union are able to absorb migrants in a way the Empire could not. Europe will be changed by the migrants. But Europe will not be overtaken by these new people. And there is no reason to fear them.

Another great movement of people was from Europe to North America. Again people were fleeing war and poverty. People looking for a new life. America is a quilt of cultures and people. Our descendants migrated time and time again looking for a better life. The people who are leaving the Middle East are seeking the same things. Fleeing the same concerns.

America can only be made stronger by accepting them.