Podcast #304: My Reflections On Attacks in Paris

Was deeply saddened to hear about the attacks in Paris and felt called to write my thoughts and feelings during this time of introspection down.

My hope is that they will somehow and someway be helpful for you.

Here it is for you to view written out. Please feel free to share this as you see fit, and leave your feedback via a comment below.

We have groups of cancer cells committed to killing healthy and vibrant cells in this body of humanity. Time for some white blood cells to swoop in and remove these lethal cells with surgical precision. Remove the cancer, so the body of humanity can continue to live in peace.

When a person goes through cancer and triumphs, or any large health scare (heart attack, etc), changes in their lifestyle are usually made to do the very best to prolong survival. Only someone who’s not committed to surviving as long as possible would not seek to change their ways, and shrug off any changes in their lifestyle.

Together we, as the body of humanity, must address the root of the problem which created these cancer cells to begin with. If we keep doing what we’ve been doing, it will keep creating new groups of cancer cells committed to killing healthy & vibrant cells.

Time for asking the right questions, searching for the root causes, and making the proper changes in the lifestyle of humanity is now.

If the world governments, leaders, officials, corporations, and policies, continue with the same “lifestyle of humanity” and not make necessary adaptations, that would be akin to a human making it out of a serious health scare, but not committing to changing their lifestyle and hence most likely shortening their life span.

If we as humanity keep doing what we’ve been doing, we’ll keep getting what we’ve been getting.

What are some lifestyle changes I’m referring to? Here are 3:

1. Focus and obsession on war and war machines as main driver of world economy => Transition to spreading education, healthcare, and basic needs (water, food, healthcare, and shelter). Spread love compassion & assistance, and watch what happens.

2. Shunning responsibility & pointing fingers. => When bad things happen to us individually or as a group, yes it is easy to point fingers, but true lessons are learned when the question is asked, “How did I contribute to this happening? What is within my control that can be done to prevent this from occurring again?” Read above to see how I describe that I do believe in removing cancerous cells. However it needs to be done properly to prevent a cycle of revenge & retaliation similar to the Hatfield & McCoy’s (a multigenerational family dispute where they were killing and harming each other, and no one knew why other than that’s what they grew up knowing it to be). We must ask those serious questions, and find answers that get to the root of the problem, which goes well beyond destroying the current attackers.

3. GREED. Goes back to point #1. Many leaders and economies prosper GREATLY during conflict. They have a vested interest in there being US versus THEM scenarios, and throughout history have even been caught red handed many times CREATING conflict when there was none, to spark wars, and boosts to their personal economies. Collateral damage (innocent lives lost) in many cases is what has been used in the past to spark outrage, create an enemy, and boost their personal economies through more wars.

We must recognize that we cannot look at things as face value as what we are told on the news. There are deep ulterior motives that are self sabotaging our progress as humanity with a focus on fear, separation, and hate instead of faith, hope, and love.

Will end with this. Regardless of your race, religion, status, color, height, weight, if you’re good most of the time or bad most of the time, whether you love me or want to harm me, I love you.

You and I are part of this body of humanity; billions of cells. I respect you and appreciate you in playing your role. Thank you!

There is no tree on this Earth where a branch wages war on another branch. We are all branches on this tree of humanity and it is my prayer that one day soon, we will focus on how similar we are, all part of one body, and not on how different we are.

You are Loved!
Love & forgive your self.
Love & forgive your family.
Love & forgive your friends.
Love & forgive your neighbor.
We are all neighbors.
We are one.
Love!

EDITED: As I was reading my post I noticed that I left out the BIGGEST step in making the changes that will revolutionize our future. This is the hard one for me, and for many:

Love & forgive your enemies.

Make Today Great!
Tom Beal

Founder of MakeTodayGreat.com
Business & Life Philosopher
USMC ’93-’97