19 years ago the Twin Towers fell. Thousands died, leaving an indelible mark of vulnerability and fear in the United States and within the American public.
Whoever the attackers, the acts exemplified the seizing of power, control and dominance over one’s brothers and sisters.
19 years later, this attitude persists: those with power imposing control over others:
White privilege over Black Lives that Matter
The unhealthy patriarchy over #MeToo
The government over Women’s Right to Choose
Martial law instituted to control peaceful protests
The raping and pillaging of our planet
The silenced, are stepping forward, taking voice; even Mother Earth articulating her feelings about her maltreatment.
And in this era of Covid, with some restrictions loosening, conflict ensues, declaring one’s stand on mask-wearing or not; yelling, blaming, pushing against those of a different ilk.
Domestic violence and child abuse escalating as we contend with the constraints of close quarters and unemployment.
The political name-calling and hate mongering, dissension, not just between liberals and conservatives, but with the factions within each.
With growing polarization, comes increased opposition and conflict, resulting in further fragmentation, a deconstruction of that which has been.
And with it, comes opportunity.
We are now being called to a higher order, not to hate, blame or engage in conflict with those of differing viewpoints, but to come together.
Where is the meeting ground amidst conflict and chaos? Are we open to such a meeting ground? Or will we self-righteously dig our heals in to prove our “rightness” and the other’s “wrongness”?
Can we open to curiosity and inquiry? Are we courageous enough to debunk our belief that change is impossible, the others, a–holes? Are we curious to hear what is the need? What is the goal? What is the fear?
There is a place of union within fear that resides below the surface of the incessant tug-of-war. There is a place of union above the scrapping conflict that meets at the pinnacle of goals and desires. All of this, unbeknownst to the other.
Do we have the ability to courageously step into a new dynamic? Are we ready? Who will take the first step forward?