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It saddens me to live in this world Perhaps the world was always in a state of turmoil Perhaps fear and suspicion always coupled with insecurity and greed Today the plasma screen projects images of suffering and the surround sound burns anguish into our souls Perhaps I should grow a thick skin to withstand the torment Or seek the comfort of a psychologically induced safety zone - a distancing a veil of other-worldliness maintaining the illusion that this is not really my world I am after all intact and comfortable in my bedroom The war is out there - on another continent or on the more suspicious side of town - not here in my room I believe that for all the impressionistic impact of the media we are actually hiding deeper under our covers pretending the hurt is not ours And therein lies the danger Beneath our living surface we are frozen like Lots wife looking backwards seeing the fire raining down on other human beings but without feeling their pain Perhaps that was Mrs Lots crime - seeing but not feeling Perhaps that same price will be taken from us I say perhaps because I do not profess to see the future The truth is I am a person of faith I believe that within each one of us is a part of our essence pledged to choose life This core of human goodness will ultimately prove more powerful than the scheming of the headline makers who seek corporate profit and political dominance But how can I one person on a continent near the South Pole possibly make the smallest indent in the steely surface of indifference The answers can be drawn from the ancient wisdoms The Kabbalah describes phenomena that expand our character beyond the limitations of our body Our capacity to spread light is far more powerful than the most intense darkness Let us demonstrate the leadership we all possess to
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