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The Korean Conflict & the Present Moment

We can make war on this planet obsolete as soon as we as humans realize that the rigid structure inside our minds that we defend so ardently are really just ghosts that disappear when the Present Moment brings us back to our humanity.


South Korea and North Korea are shelling each other with artillery. While other bigger countries try to interpret this as the acting out of the handing down of power from father to son in North Korea, citizens in both countries are terrified of all out war. How do big wars start from such small circumstances? The Vietnam War started with a tiny skirmish in the Gulf on Tonkin that killed 4 North Vietnamese sailors. Even more revealing, World War I, known then as the Great War was started by a Serbian student assassinating an Austrian Duke. The largest global conflict in the world up to then was actually started because Serbia refused to apologize for the Arch Duke’s Death.

Historians explain these as trigger points for pent-up anger and frustration that flares into armed conflict. What kind of pent-up anger would set humans to systematically killing each other? Clearly it is the Ego to blame for war. The Ego has rigid ideals because it has no contact with the infinity of Presence. To insure the reality of these ideals the Ego will defend them to the death. What kind of Ideals lead to war? Patriotism, nationalism, racial and ethnic hatred are good starting points.

What if the government of Serbia had said, “It’s in our best interest to loose face with Austria and her allies to save the lives of our citizens and prevent a widening conflict that would engulf the planet.”? What would it take for such a decision to be made? Dis-indentification with Ego and its defenses by the decision makers is the clear and present solution to any potential conflict. Living inside the eternal presence of Stillness breaks the trance of Ego and it’s passions and the reasons for those passions.

The conflict between the Koreas can be stopped anytime when leaders of those countries reach inside beyond beliefs, opinions, regulations, and positions and see that life lived in the Present Moment reveals these hardened and defended positions obsolete. We can make war on this planet obsolete as soon as we as humans realize that the rigid structure inside our minds that we defend so ardently are really just ghosts that disappear when the Present Moment brings us back to our humanity.

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