The Time to Speak Up is NOW!
By Lawrence Hagerty, December 5, 2001
What began as a small cloud of dust on
the horizon has now grown to fill the sky. Our world has seen
such a cloud before. It is the cloud stirred up by a world
at war. Once again the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are
on the ride. We know their names well: War, Famine, Pestilence,
and Death. Now, as they draw near, we can make out their faces
We see them not as individual men but
as representatives of radically different forms of human consciousness.
As you know, war is not a function of our biology, it is a
function of our state of mind. Together, these Four Horsemen
of the Apocalypse represent a state of consciousness that
can actually bring an end to not only the human race but quite
possibly to all forms of life on this beautiful little planet.
War, Famine, and Pestilence are now so
close that their faces are clear. We have seen such likenesses
often in recent days, for their features resemble those of
Sharon, Bush, and bin Laden. Together these Horsemen represent
the consciousness of an inflexible righteousness so rigid
that people with these mindstates have left themselves only
two options: victory or annihilation. People who are deeply
attached to these states of consciousness have lost their
ability to reason as fully empowered human beings. They are
incapable of comprehending any point of view that diverges
from their own, and their vocabulary no longer includes words
such as empathy, compromise, and fairness.
The overwhelming majority of human beings
on this planet, however, are not as rigid as those who are
now in positions of great power. On the individual level,
even former enemies on the battlefield find they can become
friends when they discover they have much in common. And yet
they are often coerced into fighting wars and are ordered
to kill one another. Others, while fortunate enough to avoid
the front lines, unintentionally support the slaughter of
innocents by remaining silent. While knowing in their hearts
that government sanctioned murder (war) is insane, they do
not speak out against it. Their souls cry out for peace and
justice, but their voices are not heard, for they have permitted
fear, greed, hate, and envy to dominate their consciousness.
Like mute zombies they have collectively assumed the role
of the Fourth Horseman. Theirs is the silent face of Death.
Without realizing the consequences of
their silence, these poor souls have lost sight of their own
power. Each day they are force-fed information that has been
carefully crafted by large corporations and governments. They
try to believe what they read in their newspapers and see
on TV, yet deep in their hearts they know they are being lied
to. The democratic majority of voters in the United States
did not cast their ballots in favor of the men who are now
in power. And most people in this country do not want to see
another world-wide war, yet far too many remain silent, afraid
to speak out against the insanity of continuing this new war.
We are told that this war will not end in our lifetimes. We
are told that terrorists must be rooted out in another 60
nations. Does this mean that we will obliterate 60 more countries
as we have Afghanistan? Are our grandchildren’s children also
destined to have friends come home from distant lands in body
Now that even small groups of radicals
have access to nuclear and biological weapons, the potential
for a global catastrophe is quite real. All it will take is
for the last Horseman to come up to speed. Three of these
Horsemen are already near, but they cannot fulfill their mission
without that fourth rider, the silent one. It is thus up to
each and every one of us who value love above war to speak
up. Quickly, we must convince our friends, relatives, and
neighbors to dismount and begin to support peaceful solutions
to the problems we humans have created for ourselves. Without
a rider that fourth horse will return on its own to the meadow.
And without the fourth Horseman there can be no Apocalypse.
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