Just as integrity requires the peace activist to denounce not only adversary nations’ wars but also their own, just as anti-war exhortations have no power if they come with hypocrisy, so too are our prayers weak when they are inconsistent with our actions.
I don't know, Charles. You seem to be taking a very naïve view of this. Putin and the situation in Ukraine is being used as a distraction for something bigger. It's very convenient timing. The WHO are voting to bring in a unified international pandemic response team, which will give us even less freedom than we have had in the last 2 years. And the media want us to look at fake war videos using crisis actors and regurgitated videos to show us a war, while they brush under the carpet all of the vaccine injuries and the severe increase in death rate that has happened since the vaccines have come out.
Putin is a member of the WEF and claims to be friends with Klaus Schwab. And the Dalai Lama took money from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, so he's not as pure as you may like to think he is. There is more evil in this world than we care to realise, yet it's here, hiding in plain sight. For some of us, it isn't hiding any longer. It's time to open our eyes. Time to see the psy-ops for what they are. And to know that there is something else going on.
It is horrible, war, any kind of war. But NATO are responsible for more wars than anyone. We cannot know who the real 'bad guy' is if we are only looking at mainstream media. The mainstream media is the new 'bad guy' now, as far as I am concerned, and nobody knows the truth of anything anymore. All I can say is that we have to do our best to live truthfully, where we are, in the moment.
NATO and the US caused this invasion as much as Putin's desire to win back old Russian alliances (pre 2014). He gave them years of warnings to stop the shelling and weapons transfers. The west is not a serious place. The west wants this war. They want as many dead Ukrainians for the cameras as possible. Western leaders are abusive psychopaths who just spent two years molesting their own populations with fear and propaganda and inhumane dictates. It is populated with perpetually distracted, easily manipulated digital performers who will pour out Russian vodka and put flag icons in solidarity with one nation while their governments have sanctions on another (Yemen) that have led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. There are global powers engineering one crises after another around the world for us. We are just the audience in a theatre reacting to their social engineering acts. Welcome to Act 2 for this decade. They now get to pretend they are our protectors from Vlad the "evil tyrant" after killing our loved ones with injectable toxins and engineered viruses and psychologically abusing us for two years. Don't forget your mask and covid pass for the bomb shelter. If it saves just one life its worth it. Just two nukes to flatten the earth.
Thanks Charles for this, I really appreciate so much of what you have to say here about acting for peace everywhere, not just pointing the finger at others. I would extend that argument even further. Even in saying "we must not pretend to tolerate the intolerable, nor cooperate with it. We must be loud in our revulsion, and express our noncooperation in the form of sanctions and boycotts.", I wonder if you are expressing a disconnect between our own internal war and what is going on outside of us. As you have pointed out, propaganda is everywhere, and most, if not all, published news information has some kind of agenda behind it. Unless we are on the ground, in Russia or Ukraine, experiencing for ourselves exactly what is happening, we simply don't know what is real. When I exhort loudly about what is wrong in Russia, Ukraine, or anywhere else, based on news I have read, videos I have seen, or even personal accounts from others in the situation, I turn away from my own reality and interfere in the business of others. I suspect that many of us have our own internal wars going on inside us that play out in the external world, and the self righteousness of knowing what's best for the rest of the world is simply another war between what we think is right and what others are actually doing. I suggest, before we add our voices to the chorus of those who call for boycotts, sanctions or any other punitive actions of others, we examine our own internal lives and the way we live with those around us. I love the suggestion some have made that countries such as mine (Canada) offer refuge from those from war torn areas, since that is offering a positive solution. Even on an individual basis there is nothing stopping any of us from actively making such an offer to others who are suffering. There is no judgement involved in welcoming and sharing with those who are suffering. But once we ask for sanctions and boycotts on another party we are now interfering in the business of others. We in our own individual lives should certainly make decisions on what we do based on what we believe is right. But calling for others to take punitive measures, or expressing revulsion for things outside ourselves, is always masking the internal work we need to do on ourselves. We are all very much still living in glass houses, so throwing stones at others, no matter how right it may seem due to our own biases, seems to me that it will not be the solution. Thanks as always for your writing.
This is a lofty and urgent goal; one that many of us are already working with. It is clear, though, that the material world as we have known it, is breaking down. And I don't think we have any choice but to do what Charles is suggesting and break down the whole energetic complex known as the military industrial complex. Anything else just slaps a bandaid on a weeping wound. As we move back (or forward?) into a more spiritually-based, metamorphic space, we have no choice but to embody the peace that we so long for in 'the rest of the world.' Thank you Charles.
I am reminded of this by Rumi; "“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field.
I'll meet you there." Especially after observing all the Putin vilifications by MSM and social media, I have been seeking independent reporting. Here are two very credible sources I am listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAEybTns0Lg and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnHo6JXxcQM. As someone who has not been following the Russia-Ukraine situation closely over the course of several years, I am aware that there is much to get informed about before I jump to rash conclusions as many (on social media especially) seem to do esp. when emotions are running high (understandably). Thank-you Charles for stepping in with this article and for your courage to take some heat (as any article about this war generates).
Geopolitical analyst you are not. The international criminal banking cartel installed a Nazi leader in Ukraine 20I4 in a Soros funded color revolution and then proceeded to get a billion dollars in arms to their Nazi separatists through their proxy state's armies (NATO, but they control the central banks and thus armies of most countries on the globe).
Russia's "SWIFT" style money and credit clearing system is about to come online and Nordstream II was about to provide massively cheap energy to a hurtin' Europe (Merkel made a back door deal and got caught.) Biden's crime family is caught up in deals with the criminal energy cartel that is in bed with the Ukrainian Nazis. The Cartel needs a distraction from their depopulation and impoverishment agenda and they want to put the screws to Russia so it doesn't emerge as a global superpower what with its cheap energy ready to go to Europe and it's own central banks and SWIFT, so they are using their now-embedded Nazi psychopaths to start a fake war that can be blamed on Putin and cause the Western world to sanction Russia (no cheap energy for you, Europe). There are no good guys here. What you are seeing about this all on MSM and hearing on NPR is completely bought and paid for by the banking cartel that owns all public corporations and the vast majority of private. Think Blackrock, which is owned by the same owners of the Fed and manages the WEF's funds (again, same owners). These entities fund all the major charities and "public" news sources as well as owning and thus controlling all corporate media.
There is no breadth of informed opinions being shared in your world, Charles -- unless you make a commitment to find them. If you want to understand any of this you need to burn your NYT subscription and start looking for the independent analysts that have been pushed out to the fringes. coloradopublicbanking.blogspot.com is a good place to start.
As to the Russian perspective, I think that Putin meant it when he compared NATO moving military force closer and closer to the Russian border to the Germans moving forces up to the border before invading in 1941. Putin said that the Soviets in 1941 tried to please the Germans right up to the last minute in the hope that somehow the invasion wouldn't come (there are famous videos of Soviet trains carrying grain and the like into Germany even as the war started) and for their troubles, they suffered grievously in the early days of the war. Many in the West would consider the notion of NATO launching war on anyone unthinkable, but that is not what it looks like to the Russian government (Serbia/Kosovo).
For Ukrainians, the Holodomor (death of millions of Ukrainians in famine caused by Soviet collectivization of agriculture, in Ukrainian eyes, done deliberately to cripple Ukraine) cannot be omitted.
Just to fill out that part of things.
Thank you for articulating so well what has been in my heart.
Charles, this is one of your most powerful pieces. I need to read it several more times, and far more deeply, but my impressions on first reading have my heart and head saying YES!
As a previous politically far-left person, and still in the collapse-aware space of that world, I lived for over 30 years in the very conservative south. I was embarrassingly slow to realize I knew very little. I eventually learned to listen, because I loved my neighbors and wanted to better understand why we inhabited such different worlds.
Eventually, as I continued to step back and then step back some more, I began to see beyond our very clear and real predicaments of overconsumption, overpopulation, overshoot, corporate rule etc etc and began to see that our human problem was entirely solvable, despite our biological wiring. I feel deep grief that we were just not willing to go there: The problem is our unwillingness AND now our seeming inability, individually and societally, to break away from Game A or zero sum game rules. The finite game. We frankly don’t know the rules for Game B and beyond .. the nonzero/infinite game. We have dropped our spiritual connection to our world and to one another like a hot potato. We have deserted our community and family initiation practices into wisdom, interbeing and constraint. We have vacated deep heart space, that more alchemical and synthesizing way of holding tensions responsibly in our difficult world. We have lost touch with our ability to combine thinking and feeling with open vulnerable hearts, individually and together, to create anew.
I want to believe that we can still learn, that there is still more time for our species to evolve into who we could have so beautifully been and done. I doubt we have that kind of time. I hope I am wrong. My doubt does not prevent me from knowing just how important it is to still try; to continue to practice, with diligence, to do the right thing. I have the amazing author Jess Walter to thank for that, among many wise others. You.
Thank you, Charles.
Thanks for this perfect contribution to the collective consciousness. Those making "practical" and dismissive comments to it may be right at the level of their understanding, but they aren't going to move anyone towards The More Beautiful World We Know Is Possible. Staying stuck in the old paradigm reinforces it. There are no limits to the justifications for business as usual.
This essay is just extraordinary. THANK YOU for articulating the No Enemy Way and calling us to it with such clarity.
I appreciate your eloquently expressed points of view. Im a an MD in private practice in NJ. I never received the jab. I have natural covid in aug 21. I was dropped from the staff of a local hospital where i had privileges for 14 years and ive had to ask for exemptions at other places. Keep fighting!
Unfortunately the elite in power have no concern for human life. Could be one of the horrific purposes of war (besides for the profits) is to depopulate.
Charles, Thank you for this excellent article describing our collective challenge to bring peace, love, livelihood, prosperity, sharing & caring among us. However, ACTIONS need to be described in greater detail however. All of us are born into an oligarch-owned (there is no democracy) & perpetual war-economy. Every moment & dollar we own & spend, are votes for peace or war, in the supply chain each represents. Each of us are individual but also integrally part of worldwide human collective collaboration. We are all sovereign parts of one equation. Here is my own Vow of Solidarity since 1979. https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/relational-economy/solidarity
DIALOGUE NOT MONOLOGUE
Whenever there's conflict both at home & worldwide, we've 2 main choices to:
1) believe oligarchy's 'exogenous' (L 'other-generated') finance-media-religion-education-military-industrial-legislative-judicial-complex, demonize the other, armour ourselves against our perceived enemies, launch pre-emptive war & create hell, 2) engage the other in formal equal-time recorded & published dialogues.
Mohandas Gandhi developed 'Satyagraha' (Hindi 'truth-search') based upon simultaneous inquiry with both parties in dispute or re-search asking, "What are your best intentions & how can we help you fulfill these?". Gandhi, "I can imagine a fully armed man to be at heart a coward. Possession of arms implies an element of fear, if not cowardice. But true non-violence is an impossibility without the possession of unadulterated fearlessness. "We need transparency in all levels of human solutions at home, school, media, business for all stakeholders. As Socrates proposed, 'dialectics' ('both-sided inquiry') should be the foundation of social & economic literacy both for collaborative-research & as necessity may arise for conflict-resolution & collaborative process.
Are western arms & finance behind some of this conflict on both-sides? The west plays 'Right-to-Protect' game for 100s of colonial years keeping citizens in the dark staging many 100s of False Flag events, colonial invasion & genocide. NO-WAR until we hear Both-Sides present in Equal-Time, Recorded & Published Debate. Most issues & events in our colonial oligarch manipulated & consumptive world aren’t as they appear. https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/structure/both-sides-now-equal-time-recorded-dialogues
Be this as it may, I have zero hope that the current administration of the US has the good sense, the humility, or the humanity to see things in this light.
Charles, this is really, really good. Your thinking at it's most compassionate clarity. Thank you!