Fighting the War on Terror Internally
Last night I dreamt that my son-in-laws and I were behind the lines in pre-World War 2 Germany doing undercover work against the Nazis. At every turn we were nearly brutally murdered, but somehow we managed to escape only to find more threats more numerously as the dream progressed.
When I awoke from the dream, I realized that I am still living my life as if the Nazis are in power when in reality they lost. The key for understanding the dream for me is the realization that despite the fact that we still have Nazi-like CEOs and leaders who have no qualms about getting rid of people by the truckloads, in the end, they always lose. This means that they have already lost in the future even while they are in power in the present.
I can be confident that the power mongers of the present are going to be gone in the future because they always lose. Napoleon lost. I think that says it all, but what I tend to imagine is the possibility of another Napoleon or another Hitler terrorizing the world. I forget that Napoleon lost because, in the end, he had become too arrogant with power and had created too many enemies.
Whoever I am terrorized by is going to lose because they will create too many enemies that will eventually bring them down. What this means is that I can be very enthusiastic about going after positive strategies like cooperation and unity because I am now certain that the present-day Nazis are going to lose. The reason that they are going to lose is that they are going to create too many enemies.
What the world seems to have plenty of is the number of “soldiers” it takes to bring down a tyrant, but what it seems to be lacking are people who have the positive strategies that replace the tyrannical one. The despots just keep reappearing and keep re-losing. We know how to get rid of tyrants, but we don’t know how to build a world based upon positive values. It was relatively easy to overcome Saddam Hussein, but there are not enough positive models or strategies that replace sectarian violence and division. It was easy to get rid of the Taliban, but it has proven not so easy to build a just society.
Here is one strategy that we all might find interesting. My 2 son-in-laws and I share it together. It is sort of like a modern day version of the three musketeers. I think that this is why they appeared in the dream. It goes like this. When you get invited to do something positive, you say yes. Take yesterday for instance. It is late Wednesday afternoon pouring rain in Vancouver in the summer. Well, normally we play soccer together on Wednesday evenings, but I am looking out the window and thinking that there is no way I am going to play soccer tonight. I am part Malaysian now. This is against my culture to play in the cold rain. I just want to sit on the couch and relax. Shortly thereafter Chris calls and says the fateful words, “So are you going to play soccer with us in the rain tonight?” I am thinking he is crazy, but I say yes anyway. When we are walking to the court, it is still raining, there are large puddles of water on the court when we are warming up, and a steady rainfall during the first 45 minutes. After awhile the rain stops, the puddles diminish, and we have a great time. On the way home I feel great. We sit and reminisce about how great the night was.
Then I remember the day before and how my daughters worked their magic on Debby, my wife. It was raining on that day as well, but my daughters joyfully announce that they are going hiking to Lynn Canyon. Debby replies by saying that she is not going because she is fearful of a getting a cold. Everyone else keeps moving forward with no fear of the rain whatsoever. Finally Debby gives in and starts talking about what kinds of clothing she could bring to stay warm. She goes and has a great time.
I guess it has a lot to do with finding people that you are really close to and then just doing things together that are positive for everyone. Sounds pretty simple.