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Dec 29, 2023Liked by Charles Eisenstein

Glad to see this piece from you, Charles. I hope your message is reaching your friend RFK Jr. I had high hopes for his campaign which have been dashed in the wake of his rabid and ahistorical stance on Israel, which echoes the worst rhetoric of America’s Western co-conspirators in the War on Terror. Enough is enough.

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RFK Jr has completely failed and betrayed his promise to be a peace candidate.

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Thank you. The most hopeful light in all this darkness is that Israelis themselves are leading the opposition to this carnage, at least here in America. Tragic that RFK has failed his initial promise to bring people together for peace. He's become politically incoherent to me. Such a shame.

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Charles, I appreciate your sentiments here but you need to get your facts straight. Hamas killed a maximum of 115 civilians on Oct 7, the IDF killed a minimum of 120. The IDF blocked the road a half-mile from the rave parking area so no one could get out. The damage done to cars, with people in them, couldn't have been done by Hamas. They just didn't have weapons capable of it. It could only have been done by incendiary bombs dropped by the IDF. There are many, many more details to corroborate these facts, which would be useful for RFK to know. Here are a couple of my articles talking about it, with many links: https://thirdparadigm.substack.com/p/yuval-bibi-and-maajid and https://thirdparadigm.substack.com/p/profiteering-and-propaganda-israelhamas.

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Dec 29, 2023·edited Dec 30, 2023Liked by Charles Eisenstein

If I may share my perspective as someome who was given at birth the label 'Jewish' & 'Israeli', in my view the path forward out of this horror is not strictly in political arrangemnts (that's also important but secondary) but rather it lies in the heart of people, in the ability/capacity to see the humanity of another before viewing them as a label (palestinian, israeli, muslim, jew), as well as in coming to terms with and acknowledging the IMMENSE AND PROFOUND TRAUMA that each "side" has caused the other and in finding ways to heal together.

(and before I proceed I'd just like to say that unlike most Jews, I'm fully aware and acknowledge that the trauma that supremacist zionists caused the local people over the last century - in their brutal ruthless cruel project of dispossesion, annihilation, dehumanization and ERASURE of the local people in Palestine - is many many orders of magnitude greater than the other way around. Some of it is detailed in this shocking documentary https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3psMGQE0iW4 which i can confirm is 100% true based on my own personal experience in the Israeli military And after that docu PLEASE don't miss this short video https://youtu.be/CSff-Ip1kZs?si=udYd0XxYz6kbcDMb that tells you the horrific TRUTH of what is being done, everything that the mainstream media don't dare to mention.. please don't turn away, PLEASE watch this

This capacity mentioned above, to step out of one's bubble and hear/see the humanity of another before seeing a label (and the stories attached to the label), requires having CONTACT between the "sides" so that they may hear each other's stories and each other's pain, but this contact is prevented and denied becasue of the incredible dominance of the sectarian nationalist divisive ideology in both sides.

As someone who was given at birth the label 'Jewish' and 'Israeli' (but have already long ago seen through their inaccurate, distorting, corrupting, limiting, imprisoning, divisive, sectarian and God-denying nature, and so have shed these labels) I notice that what allows this ongoing horror to happen (not only today but for more than a century now) is that there is such a total SEPARATION AND DISCONNECTION between the "sides" (this is one of the greatest successes of nationalism driven by the ultra-wealthy ruling class, to divide the non-wealthy, to tribalistically pit against each other those who for centruries lived together, before the introduction of the divisive nationalist mind virus to the region) SEPARATION AND DISCONNECTION so that people from both "sides" have no full understanding of the life experience & trauma experience of those on the "other side".

From what I see, this total DISCONNECTION is exactly what allows people to cheer when "our hero fighters" (whom the other side calls terrorists or invaders/dispossesors) murder, torture, oppress, abuse, slaughter and bomb "them", because each side says "they are evil people who only want to harm us, take our land and kill us/kick us out", and each side has countless examples of actions by the other side that are supposed to "prove" the supposed rightness of their claim.

Each "side" is enclosed and contained within its own SECTARIAN BUBBLE and tells itself its own story, about its trauma and difficulties, and is completely unaware of the life experience and trauma of the "other side".

And so, when the other side reacts (in what it calls self-defense) then the first side interprets it as an attack (becasue of its DISCONNECTION from the stories and sense-making of the other side) and tells a story that "those people on the other side" are evil monsters who only want to harm us for no reason

It's quite amazing how similar the story that each side tells itself to the story that the other side tells itself, it is practically the SAME STORY - we are the victims here who are only protecting ourselves from the aggression of those evil people over there who only want to harm us and hate us for no reason. We have no one to talk to and negotiate with, they are not human beings, they are sons of Satan who hate us from birth, who only want to destroy us and take our land and kick us out - each side speaks the exact same stories!!

And all this lack of understanding happens simply because there is NO CONTACT between the "sides". This is the tremendous success of nationalism/tribalism, there is a complete disconnection, so that I don't hear the story that the other side tells itself and how they make sense of things, I don't experience their life experience, I don't know anything about their pain, I don't realize how much the story they tell themselves is the same as the story I tell myself, and therefore there is no possibility of experiencing the HUMANITY (the fear, the search for security) that motivates the other, just as it motivates me, and therefore also indifference to the trauma that the other goes through at the hands of "our heroic fighters"

It seems to me that the main engine that drives all of this is that people in the region (and especially Israelis) undergo a very deep conditioning/indoctrination from a very young age into a separative and SECTARIAN RELIGIOUS-NATIONALIST IDENTITY and learn to believe (contrary to what reality shows) that this separate and divisive identity is what will provide them with protection and security, even though it does THE EXACT OPPOSITE!!

This indoctrination into the separative exclucivist religious-nationalist identity is much more than just mental brainwashing, but it is mainly the conditioning the of the nervous system and emotional system into IDENTIFICATION with a nationalist-religious label which causes the emotions and the body to react very strongly to anything that they teach me is at odds with this identity.

Strong reaction that comes from the fact that the body/brain/nervous system has been conditioned to learn - through constant repetition in the first years of life (when the personality is formed), again and again and again, and without questioning - this is who I am, that I am this national-religious identity.

It seems to me that those who have fallen into the abyss of sectarianism/tribalism/nationalism (and especially those whose tribalism also involves divisive, excluding, supremacist and God-denying sectarian religious beliefs) have been conditioned to believe that their saftey & security will be found through group separation and exclusion and a sense of uniqueness from the rest of humanity (a feeling that is so deeply imprinted in those who believe that the label of "Jewish" is who they actually are), that security will be found through an attempt to ensure the safety of ONLY one group of people, only those who were born into the "correct" religious-national label (and anyone who was not born into the correct national-religious label can go to hell. She matters a little but not nearly as much as the Chosen People, the most valuable and important people in the universe). It sounds ridiculous, but this is a VERY common & mainstream worldview in the extremely nationalist, ethnocentric, fascistic & exclucivist Israeli society, and it plays a huge part in what brought about this conflict in the first place, since the very early days of sectarian exclucivist zionist nationalism, and its arrival in the middle east from (mostly) eastern Europe.

To me, this is precisely the blindness of the sectarian nationalist-religious identity: trying to create security ONLY for one group, only for a part of the whole (through division, exclusion, separation from the whole and working to secure the narrow interests of only one nationalist-religious identity), such an attempt - of trying to create security ONLY for the part and ignore what this does to the whole - such an attempt can NEVER ever lead to real security but exactly the opposite - this is the number one factor that creates constant conflict and INSECURITY!!!

TRYING TO CREATE SECTARIAN SECURITY (SECURITY ONLY FOR THE PART AND NOT THE WHOLE, ONLY FOR ME AND MY GROUP) IS THE VERY CAUSE OF INSECURITY!!!

In my understanding, tribalism/nationalism and sectarian divisive exoteric religion (which is the POLAR OPPOSITE of what God/Consciousness actually is) is the great disease and blindness of humanity. Is the most destructive and deadly invention that humans have ever invented (not because we are bad, but because we have not psychologically matured yet, and are still blind, and in our ignorance & blindness we believed that this is how we will find safety & security, without understanding what we are doing, without realizing that we are actually creating constant INSECURITY when we search for security through the sectarian divisive nationalist-religious identity, when we seek security only for the part and not for the whole).

To me it is absolutely clear that it is the number one cause of human division, separation, antagonism, hatred, conflict, violence, murder and war..

IMHO, the bloodshed can never stop and there will never be security for anyone unless we have the courage to step out of our sectarian bubble and actually listen and truly understand the profound trauma we inflict (this is true for both sides but especially so for Israelis who are incredibly brainwashed and ignorant of the UNSPEAKABLE HORROR CRUELTY INHUMANITY AND TRAUMA that supremacist right-wing zionist immigrants/colonizers inflicted and inflict on the local people.

Without feeling the pain endured and understanding what palestinians are actually reacting to, indoctrinated supremacist zionists will just continue with the abuse, dispossession, cruelty, throwing-out, murder and erasure of the local people, and keep telling themselves the story that 'they are hostile to us for no reason, simply becasue they are evil antisemite monsters by nature..'

https://oneworldrenaissance.com/2021/01/23/holism-fragmentation-and-our-endangered-future-a-new-vision-and-a-new-hope/

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Charles, you are very naive if you think 9/11 wasn't perpetrated by the U.S. and Israeli intel agencies precisely in order to initiate the "War on Terror" forever wars. Similarly, Israel purposefully allowed the October 7 attacks to occur precisely in order to initiate the expulsion of Palestinians from Gaza. The problem isn't that we are blinded by loyalty to our friends -- but rather that we are in the clutches of a monstrous evil.

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Dec 29, 2023Liked by Charles Eisenstein

I hold the possibility that we, as humans, can grasp and integrate the reality of our deep intra-connection with all life, the immensity of our ability to be whole, creative and resourceful . This for me requires each of us to step back from our individual, collective and ancestral patterns and see anew the magnificent potential within. Thank you Charles for opening up themes which challenge us to consider who we can be with new eyes and open heart.

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I lived in Palestine. I have a master’s in Middle Eastern cultures and religions. Thank YOU.

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There's not really a good comparison between the world's reaction to 9/11 and the reaction to 10/7. Outside of radical Muslim states, nearly the entire world was shocked and horrified by what happened in the US on 9/11.

In contrast, there was not really much sympathy for Israel in the days after October 7th. Within hours, leftist Hamas sympathizers were demonstrating in the streets of western democracies. Outside of some official tut-tuting, there was almost no response outside of conservative media. Within a couple of days, when Israel was still weighing its options, academics in the US and in other countries were cheering the prospect of Jewish genocide and hoping for more. Some of the enthusiasm for wholesale slaughter was dampened as prospective employers indicated they wouldn't hire even Ivy League graduates who celebrated mass murder. For the students, as much as they wanted to free Palestine and kill Jews, they wanted a cushy job a little more.

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Dec 29, 2023·edited Dec 29, 2023

Yes, you have made an important point. "Friends" of Israel who support this horror make a mockery of the word friend. RFK Jr comes to mind.

Please look deeper into 9/11. Yes, most certainly a time of deep mourning, but not a terrorist attack. There is ample evidence of this. The US government was complicit. This is hard information to let in, I know. The information on the control of this same US government and all politicians/most (if not all) presidential candidates by Zionist Satanic forces is also hard to let in.

I encourage everyone to look much deeper into these issues. I didn't want to and avoided doing so for a long time, but everything has led me in that direction. Stew Peters has been the most courageous on this subject recently in his interview with Alex Jones, who did everything in his power to silence him. https://www.brighteon.com/2d78c7eb-6220-43d4-b918-1970bc0b8f38

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Does this mean you are not supporting Bobby Kennedy anymore?

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Charles - You do a wonderful job of articulating peace and good sense. I ask that you engage with the alternative narratives in your essays. The idea that 9/11 was a self-inflicted false flag has a lot of currency with your readers. Does this change your argument? Further afield is the possibility that America's wandering from our traditions and from good sense has been seeded by infiltration. What do you make of the warnings of KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1EA2ohrt5Q

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Well said. Question everything, kindly and mindfully. The worlds financial dependence on the arms industry would perhaps be a place to start unraveling the destructive intentions.

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I love the image of the invisible path to peace which we must find despite the good/bad narrative that dominates our culture. I hope we find that path...

I also love the idea that peace can only be a more enlightened understanding of self-interest, cognizant of the inseparability of self and other. In our global ecosystem we are truly one.

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Thank you heartily for this post, Charles E.! It is wisdom we all need to live with, by, and for. It is the wisdom of having democracy by, for, and with our neighbors and loved ones and visitors and strangers. And I have been trying every way I know how to get this message to the RFK, Jr., campaign. Now I will say here this is precisely what that campaign needs to hear from hundreds of us paying attention to it and wondering why the candidate does no nuace with his unqualified and total support of the Netanyahu regime. He even refuses to condemn the genocide, the apartheid, and all that comes with these things. Our failure to do this as a nation is already bringing the cults following such insanities back the the US.

Today I will start my communication with the campaign with this quote from you beautiful presentation: "A true friend would have said, on October 8, “You have a unique opportunity to break the cycle of hate. When you fly your bombing sorties over Gaza, fill the planes with pictures of the victims and the word, ‘Enough!’ And then lay your proposal for peace and justice before the world."

To date, I have been a true friend of the campaign. To date the campaign has responded only with distraction from any question I've asked, any concern I've shared, any inquiry I've sent.

Will the campaign pay attention? Not if they continue as they have so far.

Namaste'.

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Dec 29, 2023·edited Dec 29, 2023

Unfortunately, the action Israel is taking is EXACTLY who Israel is. The state was founded on Zionist terrorism which has never stopped. It is a state based on false and outrageous claims, and complete lack of logic. It does not make Jews safer; indeed, it makes them more hated. Zionism arose in the same German nationalist ferment that produced Nazism, and uses the same rhetoric of racial purity and exceptionalism. It cannot be allowed to stand.

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