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Die Bin Laden, Die!

Die Bin Laden, Die!

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Published by MarcusTanthony
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Published by: MarcusTanthony on May 16, 2011
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Die Bin Laden, Die!
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 www.22cplus.blogspot.com Bin Laden is dead. Long live Bin Laden. Which of course, he will.Look upon this face for a moment? What do you feel? Be honest?Scenes of celebration were shown across the news and internet yesterday, as some Americans celebrated the death of a tyrant. To be honest, I haven’t been following thedetails, but I suspect many Americans will be highly suspicious about the whole deal.This is not surprising, given the timing, and the numerous unanswered questions. I havenot seen Obama’s address to the nation, but I have read about it. The entire thingreminded me very much of a scene fromOrwell’s 1984(written in 1948), right near theend of the novel. There is a great victory for the State. The moment is intended to bondthe people in unity. It is a carefully orchestrated glorious victory for the nation.
Marcus T. Anthony 
(PhD)Email: mindfutures at gmail dot com
 A shrill trumpet-call had pierced the air. It was the bulletin! Victory! It alwaysmeant victory when a trumpet-call preceded the news. A sort of electric drill ranthrough the cafe. Even the waiters had started and pricked up their ears.The trumpet-call had let loose an enormous volume of noise. Already an excited voice was gabbling from the telescreen, but even as it started it was almostdrowned by a roar of cheering from outside. The news had run round the streetslike magic. He could hear just enough of what was issuing from the telescreen torealize that it had all happened, as he had foreseen; a vast seaborne armada hadsecretly assembled a sudden blow in the enemy's rear, the white arrow tearingacross the tail of the black. Fragments of triumphant phrases pushed themselvesthrough the din: 'Vast strategic maneuver -- perfect co-ordination -- utter rout --half a million prisoners -- complete demoralization -- control of the whole of  Africa -- bring the war within measurable distance of its end victory -- greatest victory in human history -- victory, victory, victory!'Fascinating that both Orwell’s and Obama’s victories occur through electronic media,and there is no evidence that any of it is real. All this, of course, will feature heavily inthe media analyses in the next few days.Others, including many Americans, will question how killing Bin Laden will in any way move us forward into a better future, and that is what I am going to write a little abouttoday.The answer to the question is: “Very little.” Justice at a social level is important. It canhelp people to find closure. In this sense Bin laden’s death will help Americans somemove on.However there are two essential problems, and they are related.The first one will no doubt come to attention in the next few days. The death of BinLaden will exacerbate blame and hatred in many Muslims throughout the world, andmany other non-Western people too (e.g. some Chinese, Africans and so on). And that will include many who hold no respect for his teachings or methods. Blame and hatred begat blame and hatred. Violence begats violence.Live by the sword, die by the sword.It is that simple.The only way forward is through healing. And this requires a complete shift inconsciousness. It requires moving out of the mentality of the ego (the mind), and intocomplete presence. It is only through complete presence that we can see the other, theenemy, for what they really are. It is only through presence that our own pain andsuffering can be fully acknowledged, fully felt, and fully and healed. When we arepresent it is impossible to project, to hate, and to blame.However, for the vast majority of humanity the mind is constantly in a state of 
projection. It projects anger and blame out into the world because it does not want tofeel its rage, its fear and its sadness. No matter what anybody tells you, perfect healing
possible. But it cannot occur at the level of ego. This is why anger and blame begat angerand blame. The ego will constantly try to go one up on the “other”. Today, America“won”. In September 2001, Al Qaeda “won”. Who will “win” tomorrow?In truth at the level of mind, there is no winner, because the ego is fundamentally insane. It chooses chaos and separation where peace and love are possible - and possibleright now. Yet to feel that peace and love, we have to feel our pain. That is why so many refuse peace. That is why we hate and blame. That is why we feel “good” when theenemy is “defeated.” It is simply the ego’s sense of justification that its insanity is“right.” There is the promise of peace in the future, but true peace cannot be delivered by worldly action alone. It requires inner work.The truth is that it is very simple to heal. Certainly, the presence of someone who isalready healed - a teacher - is highly beneficial for healing to occur. That is simply  because there are few people who are truly healed.But is essence all that is required is the following two steps.1) Bring the mind into presence.2) Feel what needs to be felt (which will rise spontaneously in the moment).How many of those celebrating in the streets of America and elsewhere today willchoose healing over “victory.” The answer is not many. And that is why the war on terror continues.It will continue until we choose peace. Yet in a sense that does not matter for you. You can choose peace. Right now.Do you?Look again at the face of Bin Laden, above. What do you feel? If you are in a suitableplace, say out loud what you think and feel (internalise it if you are in public). But as youdo so, don’t get caught in the story of the ego. Just witness it.
 I hate you. You are evil. You are a monster. You tried to destroy my people. I am glad you are dead. Fuck you!
It is not wrong to feel or think such things. It is just the way of the ego. If you feel suchthings, just confess it to God. Own it, but don't believe the ego's story.Now, turn away from the image of Bin Laden. Place your attention on some simpleobject near your computer. Feel yourself breathing, and bring yourself fully into your

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