In a message dated 9/17/01 8:59:12 AM, Donna Perrone writes (referring to Sept., 2001 Hotline – (see partial hotline below):
You are a beautiful soul. What a well said email. Your loving and compassionate nature prevail. I so agree with you…justice yes… war no…
I was at the vigil at union square on Friday, and your message was alive and well at a gathering of thousands…. it was a beautiful gathering that united everyone…
Thank you for your words..
Oh, I'm so glad to hear that. It's hard to tell from the mainstream media pronouncements that that is how thousands – indeed millions – of people really feel.
I saw a program Saturday on Channel 4 called "Asking, Listening, Healing". (It was on at approx. 1 or 1:30 pm.) We should call Channel 4 and ask for that program to be repeated many times (UNEDITED). Here is why. The program had 3 to 4 adult moderators and a group of children from approx. 10 to 16 years of age. The overwhelming majority of the children made more sense than all the moderators that I have heard. The overwhelming majority of the children were talking peace and not to proceed on the path of violence as a solution. It warmed my heart as to the future for our country, if these children are any indication.
Peace, peace, peace.
RAW ENERGY HOTLINE
UPDATED SEPTEMBER 14, 2001
Hello, this is Rhio. I'd like to thank the many, many people who called and emailed us to make sure that we are ok, because they know that we live in the Tribeca area of NYC close to the disaster site. Thank you for your thoughts and blessings.
It is with a heavy and subdued heart that I write today. On Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 8:45 a.m. I was at my computer, poised to send out my monthly Raw Energy Hotline to my elist (after a two-month break while I was traveling). I was in a happy mood, people had been calling for the hotline and now I could deliver it. All of a sudden I heard a plane flying very low overhead and a few seconds later an unbelievably LOUD crash. Rushing to the window I saw that a plane had hit the world trade center and I immediately looked at the clock to see whether people would be in there. Almost 9 a.m. — I started crying and screaming in despair. Funny what you think of at moments like these – I remember thinking, perhaps those people are a little late to work (like I always seem to be), perhaps they walk in at 9 sharp . . . and it's not 9 yet.
But I knew, my soul knew.
How could people escape from there? There was so much fire and smoke. Perhaps the people below the impact level could get out. Leigh came running up the stairs, he had been in the street when he also heard the plane. Then as we cried, prayed and watched, we saw the second blast and fireball — wait, that's not even the same building — and now through the sickening realization that this was not an accident – we knew something else. And on that long torturous day, through our windows approx. 12 blocks north and directly in front of the WTC, we saw all the horror unfold.
Everyone handles and processes terrifying events in different ways — some people throw themselves into work and activity — I found myself retreating into my shell, like a turtle. I took to bed with the TV on day and night. Slowly through the haze, I started hearing on the TV from the news commentators, from the government leaders, something equally as horrible. Everyone is talking of war, retaliation, revenge. The people speaking of love and peace were drowned out or ignored. I switched to the Latin station, many people were calling in, some speaking of restraint, love, peace – they were quickly cut off. I switched to the public stations, here at last a more reasoned voice, but who is listening? Even the ministers at the Washington Cathedral today said "we must guard against repaying evil with evil", "be careful that by our actions we do not become as one with those who perpetrate evil" — (I'm paraphrasing from memory). Is anyone listening?
Where are the real statesmen? We ignore our ministers and listen to our military men strategizing war. We pray – but prepare for war. We are told that swift retaliation is the only solution. We must rout out the evil. Our people in their sorrow and emotion of the moment are being roused to support the political line. Polls say they support immediate retaliatory action — but ask them again in a few weeks — after they've had a chance to calm down, regroup and think clearly. Do we really want to see more innocent people killed and families changed forever? Do we really want a world war that could last for years? In the Vietnam War, the people finally forced a pull out. The people could prevent this "new war" if they would speak out. Are we to perpetuate the cycle of violence forever? Violence begets violence — if it had ever worked differently, would we find ourselves in this position now?
What are you saying – should we all just sit around and do nothing? Don't you want the perpetrators brought to justice? The terrorists must be brought to justice, but there are other ways of doing it besides using instruments of war, which ALWAYS kill the innocent (called "collateral damage" and shrugged off). The tools for peace (and justice) are at hand — diplomacy, negotiation, good will, intelligence strategies, plain intelligence, common sense, reason, willingness to change policies that harm, and – dare we do more than just say the word — LOVE — LOVE — LOVE.
Now is also a good time for introspection. Let's find out why America is hated by so many countries (and factions) all over the world. We are told they hate us because they hate freedom and our way of life. But is this really true? Yes, we do represent freedom, but many of our policies throughout the world repress freedom for others. (In my hotline below, written before this catastrophe, I refer the reader to the situation in Jamaica and how our policies have destroyed their economy causing devastating poverty.)
NOTHING justifies terrorism against innocent people but we must look at the terrorism that the US has caused to others. As stated by Mitchel Cohen, NY mayoral candidate of the Green Party, in a recent Email:
"I remember the 'war on poverty'. I also remember the 'war on Vietnam' (2 million Vienamese murdered), the 'war on Nicaragua' (30,000 Nicaraguans killed in the mid-1980s), the 'war in El Salvador' (70,000 killed by death squads), the 'war on Drugs' (Panama/Noriega: 7,000 killed by US troops); the 'war on Iraq to defend our way of life' (250,000 killed in the first 2 months; 1 million killed in the follow-up); the 'war against hunger in Somalia' (10,000 killed by US/UN troops); the 'war in Grenada' (US wiped out the progressive forces there); 'war again against Iraq's No Fly Zones' (repeated bombings to this day); 'war against Yugoslavia' (thousands killed, ecology destroyed, water poisoned); the 'War against Sudan's pharmaceutical plant?' (hundreds killed outright) É "
Some misguided people will probably accuse me (Rhio) of not being patriotic. The truth is that this (and former) administration's policies do not represent me and millions of other peace loving and peace-aspiring American people. We need a new kind of patriotism that has the courage to look at our own government's foreign policies clearly, and takes into account the effects of these policies worldwide.
It is time to change "courses of action" that never get us to where we really want to be. War will just escalate the reprisals as represented by acts of terrorism that will more frequently visit America.
I reflect upon the wisdom of teachers that I admire, Mahatma Ghandi, Albert Schweitzer, Jesus, Buddha, Martin Luther King, Jr., and others – what would they say?
The path to a peaceful world will not come through war.