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9/11: From State of Emergency to State of Emergent Seeing

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"It's time to emerge from fear and separation, see we are all one with the same One, and gather under one big intent."

--Swami Beyondananda

It's been ten years since the Twin Towers attacks initiated the never-ending War on Terror. In the Orwellian logic that can only take hold in an atmosphere of fear, we have been collectively "convinced" that only totalitarianism can preserve our freedom. However, there is a deep awakening afoot, an "evolutionary upwising" as people from all sides emerge from the matrix of politics as usual to seek real answers, and more importantly ask real questions. For as some wise person once suggested, if we don't ask different questions, we will never get different answers.

So, in this brief reflection on a world-changing moment, I suggest we consider three questions:

What's so?

So what?

Now what?

What's So?

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There has been much speculation about what really happened on 9/11, and many well-respected individuals from across the political spectrum have called for a re-investigation of the original investigation. Certainly there are enough unanswered questions (not to mention unquestioned answers) to cast doubt on the official narrative.

There's at least one new book that explores anomalies in the official story and former Senator Mike Gravel (D-Alaska) is now at the forefront of a campaign to put the call for a new investigation on the ballot in California.

Meanwhile, the progressive and conservative mainstream continue to dismiss any alternative stories about what happened that day as "conspiracy theories." I have often said that a "conspiracy theory" is something which, were it true, most people couldn't deal with. I see the "dismissal attacks" as defensive maneuvers to keep us from facing the horrific possibility that we were betrayed by elements in our own government and ruling elite. Meanwhile, there is a certain personality archetype that thrives on conspiracy theories, and those of us who are not that type tend to be repelled by the darkness and negativity.

But since this article is about shifting our perspective from a state of emergency to a state of emergent seeing, let's put aside for a moment the speculation about what might have happened, and let's instead focus on what we all know did happen. In the days following the attacks, America had the sympathy of the entire world and along with it the potential to initiate a truly healthy new world order. Consider the (largely unreported) response of Norwegians to the recent right-wing terrorist attack in their country.  Some 200,000 people 20% of the population of Oslo gathered to silently reaffirm that the attack would only make them more determined to create a loving and peaceful society.

In contrast, the Bush Administration on behalf of the corporate state used the attacks pretty much as Hitler used the Reichstag Fire to mobilize the country into a "religious war" against terrorists. (I am reminded of the quote from writer / actor Peter Ustinov that "Terrorism is the war of the poor, and war is the terrorism of the rich.") 

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Less than 48 hours after the 9/11 attacks before there had been any real investigation of the who, what or why -- President Bush addressed an audience at the National Cathedral in Washington, and in the presence of a minister, priest, rabbi and mullah declared the "war on terror." Until that time, no American war had ever been declared in a house of worship. (Theologian David Ray Griffin has some very astute insights into the psychological reasons for doing that and I refer you to this article I wrote about him five years ago.)

So What?

So what? So what are the implications of our government's response to the Twin Tower attacks? The first wave of response to the attacks was the passage of the U.S.A. Patriot Act (emphasis on "act"). In the guise of acting patriotic, a panicked and manipulated Congress voted for a 342-page bill that few of them had even read. While a few legislators stubbornly refused to sign freedom's death warrant, a little anthrax in the mail was all that was needed to change their minds. Interestingly, a document produced in the late 1990's by a neoconservative think tank, Project for a New American Century declared that what was needed was "a new Pearl Harbor" to convince ordinary Americans to sign up for the perpetual warfare state.

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Steve Bhaerman is a writer, humorist and uncommontator who's been posing as cosmic comic Swami Beyondananda for the past 20 years. He is the author of seven books including Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There From (more...)

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9/11 was an Inside job, Mr Steve Bhaerman. Ho... by aberamsay on Thursday, Sep 22, 2011 at 1:41:10 PM
It never claims 9/11 was not an inside job.  ... by Maxwell on Thursday, Sep 22, 2011 at 2:17:46 PM
...contrary to desperate attempts of a murder... by aberamsay on Thursday, Sep 22, 2011 at 3:52:29 PM
aberamsay I agree entirely with your position. 9/1... by Frank Legge on Thursday, Sep 22, 2011 at 11:45:08 PM
For evidence of the absence of a 757 at the Pentag... by Paul Carline on Friday, Sep 23, 2011 at 2:05:56 AM
gravity32,Research into 9/11 started the day Thier... by aberamsay on Friday, Sep 23, 2011 at 4:24:21 AM
Just because evidence of government complicity is ... by Maxwell on Friday, Sep 23, 2011 at 10:14:23 AM
...has to be a violent revolutionnary uprising by ... by aberamsay on Thursday, Sep 22, 2011 at 5:19:49 PM
This is a valuable article. It makes the valid poi... by Paul Carline on Friday, Sep 23, 2011 at 2:23:04 AM
It does matter.  But assuming it is one OR th... by Maxwell on Friday, Sep 23, 2011 at 3:30:23 PM
in the pursuit of 9/11 truth? The media gave that ... by larry payne on Friday, Sep 23, 2011 at 5:21:29 PM
It was meant as irony, as reflected by the quotes.... by Maxwell on Monday, Sep 26, 2011 at 11:51:21 AM
And anyone, even upon first reading, who sees this... by Maxwell on Monday, Sep 26, 2011 at 1:39:32 PM
"There are signs that a LIHOP version is being del... by Maxwell on Monday, Sep 26, 2011 at 10:15:04 PM
I have this crazy, obviously minority view, that m... by Maxwell on Monday, Sep 26, 2011 at 10:19:29 PM
Steve Bhaerman offers a positive of vision of wher... by Rob Kall on Friday, Sep 23, 2011 at 12:31:32 PM
that the one commenter was completely inappropriat... by Maxwell on Friday, Sep 23, 2011 at 3:00:23 PM
is because 9/11 created the path we have been on f... by larry payne on Friday, Sep 23, 2011 at 3:26:58 PM
All honest, sincere views should be allowed to be ... by Nathan Nahm on Friday, Sep 23, 2011 at 6:10:50 PM
Aberamsay had a legitimate reason to be mad becaus... by larry payne on Friday, Sep 23, 2011 at 8:31:50 PM
And that's not at all what the article calls for.&... by Maxwell on Monday, Sep 26, 2011 at 9:29:35 PM
But slowly because the media works against us. Bha... by larry payne on Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011 at 2:19:41 PM
While it was great to see my article elicited so m... by Steve Bhaerman on Saturday, Sep 24, 2011 at 9:46:45 AM
Comment on Comments (continued)The article was suc... by Steve Bhaerman on Saturday, Sep 24, 2011 at 10:02:00 AM
Comment on Comments (conclusion)I invite readers t... by Steve Bhaerman on Saturday, Sep 24, 2011 at 10:07:01 AM
and it was much more informative than what you wri... by larry payne on Saturday, Sep 24, 2011 at 11:17:56 AM