“Change internally, within each of us, often does not manifest itself immediately but, over time, it will. September 11, 2001, awakened us to the fact that life is more than the pursuit of expensive cars and homes. It is more than securing our prestige and our status. It is more than happiness with our families, in fact. We have come to understand that we enter this world, alone, and we go out of it, alone. That is what 9/11 forced us to acknowledge. So what have we done with our deepened consciousness? How have we related, and how will we yet relate, to one another, including our enemies?
We are in the process of becoming, not only in America, but in this world. It appears that the world’s people are evolving somewhat more quickly than are Americans, at this point in time. The German Chancellor has taken multitudes of refugees into her nation. Other nations have done the same. Yet, here in America, some governors have been maneuvering to keep their state’s limit of refugees as low as possible. Americans, as I see it, have been in the wilderness of undue self-interest for almost a half-century. Perhaps, with the emerging generosity of others in the world to those less fortunate than themselves, Americans, also, will recognize that we are all one, both in our nation and in our world.
Mahatma Gandhi had said, ” ‘An eye for an eye’ will only make all of us blind.” Spiritual leaders of all religions have long understood that only love can overcome hate, anger, and selfishness to create peace for all. People throughout our nation and world must finally acknowledge this spiritual truth if we are to survive on this planet. That means we must care for our neighbors as ourselves. 9/11 awakened us to that spiritual truth. Now, we must let that truth further evolve in our souls, and emerge – sooner than later – outward to the reality of the living world, day in and day out. Difficult as it often is, we must learn to love our enemies. They are one with us – equal human beings, capable of both good and evil.”