Fwd: Sept 11 & "The Deeper Wound" (Deepak Chopra)
Sep 14, 2001 12:31 PM
by Eldon B Tucker
Here's something that someone just sent me that
is interesting to think about.
Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2001 13:14:45 -0400
Subject: Sept 11 & "The Deeper Wound" (Deepak Chopra)
Below is something that Deepak Chopra wrote, that you might enjoy and
to pass around-
The Deeper Wound
As fate would have it, I was leaving New York on a jet flight that
took off 45 minutes before the unthinkable happened. By the time we
landed in Detroit, chaos had broken out. When I grasped the fact
that American security had broken down so tragically, I couldn't
respond at first. My wife and son were also in the air on separate
flights, one to Los Angeles, one to San Diego. My body went
absolutely rigid with fear. All I could think about was their
safety, and it took several hours before I found out that their
flights had been diverted and both were safe.
Strangely, when the good news came, my body still felt that it had
been hit by a truck. Of its own accord it seemed to feel a far
greater trauma that reached out to the thousands who would not
survive and the tens of thousands who would survive only to live
through months and years of hell. And I asked myself, Why didn't I
feel this way last week? Why didn't my body go stiff during the
bombing of Iraq or Bosnia? Around the world my horror and worry are
experienced every day. Mothers weep over horrendous loss, civilians
are bombed mercilessly, refugees are ripped from any sense of home or
homeland. Why did I not feel their anguish enough to call a halt to
As we hear the calls for tightened American security and a fierce
military response to terrorism, it is obvious that none of us has any
answers. However, we feel compelled to ask some questions. Everything
has a cause, so we have to ask, What was the root cause of this
evil? We must find out not superficially but at the deepest level.
There is no doubt that such evil is alive all around the world and is
Does this evil grow from the suffering and anguish felt by people we
don't know and therefore ignore? Have they lived in this condition
for a long time?
One assumes that whoever did this attack feels implacable hatred for
America. Why were we selected to be the focus of suffering around
the world? All this hatred and anguish seems to have religion at its
basis. Isn't something terribly wrong when jihads and wars develop in
the name of God? Isn't God invoked with hatred in Ireland, Sri
Lanka, India, Pakistan, Israel, Palestine, and even among the
intolerant sects of America?
Can any military response make the slightest difference in the
underlying cause? Is there not a deep wound at the heart of humanity?
If there is a deep wound, doesn't it affect everyone?
When generations of suffering respond with bombs, suicidal attacks,
and biological warfare, who first developed these weapons? Who sells
them? Who gave birth to the satanic technologies now being turned
If all of us are wounded, will revenge work? Will punishment in any
form toward anyone solve the wound or aggravate it? Will an eye for
an eye, a tooth for a tooth, and limb for a limb, leave us all blind,
toothless and crippled?
Tribal warfare has been going on for two thousand years and has now
gotten magnified globally. Can tribal warfare be brought to an end?
Is patriotism and nationalism even relevant anymore, or is this
another form of tribalism?
What are you and I as persons going to do about what is happening?
Can we afford to let the deeper wound fester any longer?
Everyone is calling this an attack on America, but is it not a rift
in our collective soul? Isn't this an attack on civilization from
without that is also from within?
When we have secured our safety once more and cared for the wounded,
after the period of shock and mourning is over, it will be time for
soul searching. I only hope that these questions are confronted with
the deepest spiritual intent. None of us will feel safe again behind
the shield of military might and stockpiled arsenals. There can be
no safety until the root cause is faced. In this moment of shock I
don't think anyone of us has the answers. It is imperative that we
pray and offer solace and help to each other. But if you and I are
having a single thought of violence or hatred against anyone in the
world at this moment, we are contributing to the wounding of the
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