Sunday, November 19, 2006

To look and not look away

Above all to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.
- Arundhati Roy

I live by this more than I live by anything else. More than the Bible, the Koran, Planned Parenthood’s various “We Believe” statements, the local sale at REI. This is my code.

I have this raw idea. That if everyone would just look. Not look away and not forget- violence against other humans committed by any military entity would not be tolerable.

As people look and really feel the pain and suffering and do not divert these feelings into blame or guilt, just purely experience it, they will then not be able to accept anyone undergoing such suffering whether they are Palestinian, Israeli, Iraqi, American, or whatever else.

Pain caused by war and weapons of death is unacceptable, no matter what. Arms will drop to the ground and the majority of U.S. citizens will protest their tax dollars contributing to war machines. The tipping point will have arrived. War will be like tobacco smoking is now.

I believe this is possible. We just can’t look away and we cannot by any means let ourselves forget.

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