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The Rape of Nanking
November 6, 2003
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I had mentioned this somewhere else on these threads about this holocaust and war crime that most of us don't even know about. History has so much to tell and is very relevant to us today as far as human nature is concerned. If we do not learn from the lessons of the past, we are doomed to repeat them.

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November 10, 2003
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Let me tell you, as a Japanese-American, it is often difficult to talk openly about my heritage because of things like this.

The Japanese culture has been, and may continue to be one of the most racist cultures ever to exist. Although traditional Japanese present as very respectful and humble outwardly, inwardly they carrry within an idea that this is merely to appease the "opponent", and not out of any genuine sense of respect.

It is hard to hear of stories like this because there can be a lot of "karma" attached to these events, and that makes me scared!

What is most upsetting to me is that we, as a people, all over the world, continue to perpetrate one atrocity after another against each other--whether collectively or on an individual basis.

And one can dig even deeper into this philosophy when considering the spiritual aspects of things like gossip, emotional abuse, lying, etc.--all things that damage the soul.

Honestly, what are we doing here, people?

Arwen

November 10, 2003
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I don't hold the belief that karma is going to get me because I study history and try to learn from it so that we can really be responsible in the here and now. But that's just me and how I personally see things.

Every race, culture, creed, nation has done it's share of atrocities, no doubt about that one. I'm more american indian than anything and the white man wasn't exactly kind to my ancestors, that's for sure.

My aunt, back in her day growing up was very ashamed of being indian and ashamed she was given a cherokee name after her full blood grandparents. To be indian was like - being dirt she used to say. The name I use here, was actually that grandmother's name that she was named after.

But I post things like this because I believe that ignorance is not bliss. And that the more we know about how certain things did happen, the better informed we are about how to prevent them as well.

As brutal as it is - history has much to teach us within it's folds. And we have to be willing to look at the uncomfortable things and the mistakes we make in order to not go there again and be in a position to really enact our will against certain things before they get too far down the road. If you don't know the lay of that "road" as you are going down it...then you won't be able to take much action until you are already trapped and corralled.
Then - it's too late for good people to do - something.

November 10, 2003
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Ladeska,

As always, your writing makes me ponder...

Once I got to thinking about it, my realization is that I fear the "negative energy" that might be generated when people first hear about things like this. Selfish, I know, but human, I guess.

I was thinking to myself already about the reactions I get from some people over being a woman, bisexual, fat, biracial. In certain situations, among certain people I have felt a lot of negative energy focused in my direction because of these prejudices. That's what scares me. Why? I imagine because I'm insecure and allow people's negative energy to get under my skin, rather than protecting myself from it and allowing their prejudices to be their problem--not mine.

It is good that we talk about these things. People think it will never happen to them. Never happen in their community. Never happen to someone they know. But the fact of the matter is that every person who has ever been killed by another in an act of vengence, blood lust, or war was someone's friend, father, mother, cousin, aunt, uncle, sibling, etc. It happens to people around us all of the time.

I feel that the world is becoming a more and more dangerous place. I feel an urgency around my spirituality and the need to learn and grow in this respect. I wonder how much of what is happening around me is creating this feeling of "Hurry! I don't have much time left!"

What is the lesson in all of this killing besides "Don't kill." I mean, that's just an easy, bullshit answer.

Ladeska, what do you think the truth is? What is it that we aren't getting?

Arwen

November 11, 2003
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(smile) Hi Arwen....well you did know that if you got to this point I'd have a little something-something for you, didn't you? Well, for one thing - there is something on this planet called "warriors" and they are of a particular fiber. To everything - a season.... I hate to sound predictable here but there does seem to be definite cycles in history. From what I see - we are in the chaos cycle now, not quite in full swing but getting there. And what is interesting is - the only people who can pull us out of all that are the "warriors". The society honors more of the code of the warrior than the code of the merchants. Warriors have their time in history, not before, not after, but precisely when it is "their time". And it's important that they do not use up their strength aimlessly until it is time to use it full bore. There is a "waiting", a gathering so to speak, a time of discerning, seeing the whole scope of things and the unfolding of much. I'll give you a website there that explains some of this. But to me - I see certain people popping up their heads and without a certain stoic fiber within them - their hearts would fail due to what they see and can piece together. Such is what you have explained going on in yourself. But there is also a quickening that goes on, something that grabs hold of people like this, wherever they are and keeps them steadfast and able to keep rising up. That.....is the warrior fiber within them. Not to do battle as in some bloodthirsty kind of way. Not that kind of warrior necessarily. But more along the lines of honor, true courage, discernment, wisdom, heart, spirit, cohesive unity and the ability to "lead" when so much has been plundered and almost destroyed. This is when....the warriors of this life walk about because they are the only ones who can lead the people up and out of the quagmire. A warrior has a voice that speaks to something deep inside a person that sometimes lays dormant for a very long time. Warriors are the only ones that people will listen to at certain times and they are the only ones that have been paying attention to the webwork and traps were falling into place. And they were the ones that could not speak or do anything until it was time - because no one would listen if they did.... So they must wait....

Who knows, maybe this is something built into our genetic coding that ensures our survival.

Someone told me not too long ago that truth spoken too soon is scattered to the four winds and amounts to nothingness. That's very true. Sometimes truth destroys instead of heals. And then there are times when it just flies straight over the tops of some people's heads and lands precisely on the heads it was meant for. (smile)

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