Guns: Historically we are taught to believe that our nation was won by heroes with six shooters. Movies idealize and romanticize the struggle our fledgling country had against the British, the Spanish, the Mexican, the Indian, the wild west, and with ourselves. War after war, guns and more guns, this nation has prided itself on its self-determination and divine right. Never challenged to look into the baser motives that underlay these wars, Americans charged forward, their misunderstood or misinformed ideals in their hip pocket and guns blazing. Is that prostituting self-determination? Have we squandered our divine right?
Don’t get me wrong, there were acts of greatness on all sides of these conflicts. A hero actually has an inkling of what sits in his or her back pocket and acts even when those actions contradict the general directive. Still, once expectation, entitlement, greed, and so on become a prime directive, they create a path to destruction. Has America’s greatness has been subjugated to the baser instincts of the entitled few? Power and wealth motivates those in control while propaganda and spin ultimately sweeps all of us into the role of international bully, and the guns are blazing. This is the victim triangle (covered in earlier blog posts) writ large: victim/perpetrator/rescuer.
To make matters worse, our children are raised with an entitlement/duty myth. We train them with violent video games that give them practice shooting and killing. Gaming anesthetizes them against the pain and suffering that is reality. Some kids experiment with guns and are surprised to find being shot hurts. Others, so confused, resentful and battered by their reality, take their guns to school.
Is this God’s directive or design? Of course not; but, God granted us free will. God is turned easily into to god with a lower case g. As humanity becomes less humane, more entitled, more willing to form cliques and cults, more willing to follow blindly into the fray, the God of our heart recedes and is replaced with a do-for-god, a fabrication and misinterpretation, who is fought for with righteous, if misplaced, ardor. This god is a creation of the controllers, the greedy, the vengeful, the unforgiving, the self-righteous, the bully, the entitled. God allows our choices so we learn through direct experience why some actions are unconscionable.
God is Love. Remember, all light and shadow is the love of God expressing and teaching. In keeping with free will, an all loving God allows us to move against all that is true and good knowing that eventually, and after many tries, we will turn back to love and light. It is the only way to realize the true and loving God in ourselves. Check yourself. Do you believe in a God of Love or a god of money? Do you have a moral direction or a profit margine? Are you gullible or just self-righteous? As a nation, are we saviors or despoilers? Are we beginning our descent into chaos and purgatory? Will we catch ourselves? Is it too late to turn back?
What energy are you adding to the collective? Can you forgive someone without feeling superior to them? Can you find compassion for oppressed people seeking asylum or do you feel it is your divine right to shut the door? How do you feel about the least of these my brethren? Can you sit with the lonely, even if they aren’t popular? Is your want more important than anyone else’s need? Are you willing to own your own thoughts even if they are not in keeping with the party line? Are you willing to stand up for what is right rather than what is profitable? We must look deeper, past what we have been spoon fed. We are all equal in the eyes of God. We all have free will. It is up to us to create a national consciousness with a conscience. It is up to us to reap the blessings of love from a God who is purely love.
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