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Memorial Day…Why we Fight

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On this memorial day, we sit here spinning around on a globe with war all over. Some of it seems to make sense and other conflicts, well, not so clear. There’s a lot of mercenary energy out there now…lots of wars waged for corporate and political interests. There are also wars for resources…oil, ore, and water…more and more so. Some fight to survive. Some fight for what’s fair. Others- well they fight because it pays the bills.

I just recently sat and watched the The Lord of the Rings Trilogy again and remembered why I LOVE Tolkein and Peter Jackson so much. There are masterpieces out there and this is one of them…truly.

One particular line that stuck with me was from Legolas looking out on the horizon and telling Aragorn that there was a “restless malice” rising and that it would have to be met in battle.  Restless malice?  Yeah…there is evil in this world and it can’t let things be. There are people and forces on this planet that are not at ease and their inner demons drive them towards behavior that is malicious and very disturbing. Most people are good but it is this “restless malice” that is at times simmering and others boiling over (Nazi Germany) that forces the good people of the world to step up and fight for what’s right and just.

Here’s one of my favorite parts from the movie…it is an interaction between Sam and Frodo when all hell’s broken loose and they had fallen into the hands of Faramir’s forces with Orcs all around:

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

Frodo: I can’t do this, Sam. 
Sam: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something. 
Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam? 
Sam: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.

There’s some good in this world and it’s worth fighting for. That is the Hero’s journey. I’m not a fan of war and am certainly not happy with how things are going around the globe but let’s look at this for a second. War calls upon us to challenge who we are and fight for what is good and right in this world. It is what calls on us to step up against the “restless malice” and to define and defend what’s right. Look, I didn’t make the rules. Arjuna and Krisna discussed this very thing on the battlefield.  Why must I fight those men who I have no personal quarrel with?…Because you must.

If there’s some greater meaning to all of it…well I don’t know. Is it a chance for us to learn and evolve? Is it God’s plan that we can’t understand? Is it some demonic plague that drives us with Martian/Warlike energy to destroy each-other and parasitically feeds off of the energy?  Not sure…I’ve heard it all.  Does it make sense? Not really.

What does make sense is the inner struggle within all of us and maybe war is the externalization of a spiritual process that cleanses the soul. We all have our inner demons which we must face. We all must take a stand for what is right and do the right thing DESPITE what we feel at times. This means facing ourselves and facing the desire for power of dominion over our brothers and sisters. Remember, in the end Frodo bailed. He could not throw the ring in the fire. He could not slay his dark side BUT his compassionate mercy for Smeagol ended up saving him in the end.  It ended up saving the age and giving Mankind hope.

Was it his compassionate acts that saved him when he himself couldn’t? The world had gone to war against Evil and he was the crux of the whole thing. He COULD NOT slay his inner demon but his good deeds and mercy for another ended up saving the day.

Look…the reasons for war, evil, poverty, hunger, and all things horrible are not too clear but one thing is- there is GOOD in this world and it is worth fighting for. We are essentially good inside and we, as a species, just want to all enjoy our lives with family, friends, and nature. Maybe, like Frodo, it is our compassion for our fellow humans and our good deeds that will save the day. Maybe slaying the devil cannot be because he is built into the human algorithm…how can you know the Light without the challenging darkness? Maybe doing the right thing despite all things is what changes us and saves us in the end.

This memorial day, let’s remember those good men and women who have fallen for a good cause all over the world. Let us take our hats off to the people who fought for our freedom and let us honor the good in humanity. The restless malice will change banners and switch teams over the years. It roves around and starts trouble. It is a restless vampirical force that pulls our boys off to battle- sometimes just and others not. Let’s remember that our constitution was written in a way that required an “enlightened citizenry”. We all need to wake up and fight for what is GOOD in this world and that doesn’t mean with tanks and bombs every time. If you don’t take a stand against Monsanto, then there will be no more natural seeds left to eat…we won’t have the ability to grow our own food (restless malice). If we allow the energy interests to fool us into thinking alternative energy is too expensive then we miss the restless malice at work…we are fighting wars for oil. If we don’t learn to take care of ourselves and tap into our Vitality, then we are allowing Big Pharma to take over our bodies and effectively make us slaves.

Restless Malice? Yeah, its all around. Don’t fall for the bearded stooges they put up on those lists…those are the decoys. This memorial day, let’s wake up and fight for what’s right. Let’s fight for our right to grow our own food, drink clean water, harvest the power of the sun, and take our health back. Will there never be people who are angry and want to hurt us?  Sure, the devil works in many ways but let’s focus on the more imminent danger in front of us right now. Harness your inner light and wake up from the sleepy trance you are made to be under.

There’s some good in this world and it is worth fighting for.

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