Sunday, September 11, 2011

i is for introspection

The philosophy of the wisest man that ever existed, is mainly derived from the act of introspection.

William Godwin (1756-1836) philosopher & novelist

in addition to describing where i was in 2001 when the planes hit the towers in 2007, i wrote the following:
the anniversary of 9-11 is a time to reflect on and honor the lives of those who died. their deaths were a result of acts of violence visited on this country - these acts grew out of seeds of hatred and intolerance that were 'nurtured' and took hold inside the people who were responsible for carrying them out. we must make sure we don't 'plant' those same seeds - the only way to get rid of the malicious plants that result from planting those kind of 'seeds' are to sow seeds of love, compassion, and acceptance. for these are the kind of seeds that give fruit which nourishes us and the earth.

i feel the same today as then.

incidently, today is the last day of ganesh chaturthi - an annual 11-day festival which celebrates the birth of the elephant headed hindu god lord ganesh. mooshika, pictured above is the mouse deity companion to ganesh.often in images or representations of ganesh he can be found riding on the back of mooshika. in hindu cosmology, the mouse is symbolic of our indriyas (ten senses) -- ganesh sitting on the back of mooshika represents control over the indriyas.

photo: nyc (rubin museum) june 2010


Tom said...

i saw some 9-11 footage this morning, heard the frustrated calls of NY'ers to kill in return. Quite understandable, but i hope we've learned something from the last 10 years. i hope it's time for some peace

Watson said...

I watched a program about some people who were close to the scene and survived. Some left good paying jobs in finance to follow their passion. (art, theatre, etc) The young boy who, on 9/11 said "they should all be killed" referring I presume to Muslims, has grown up into a peacemaker - using media.

So some of those good seeds have also taken root. May they flourish.

Gary said...

I like what your wrote in 2007 - you are an enlightened one my friend. Sometimes I want to scream "Why can't we all just get along?!" So naive am I.

Anonymous said...

I was standing in line to board a plane from Oakland to Oaxaca to lead 12 donors to visit work there. It was only 7 a.m. in California by the time the towers fell. I remember an anonymous woman in the sports bar holding my hand and then disappearing.

Alan Burnett said...

Hate and intolerance are alphabetic bedfellows - but there again so are hope and introspection.