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  • The Zeitgeist Movement

  • Response to the Media

  • 'Death of Osama Bin Laden'

  • On May 1, 2011

  • Pres. Barack Obama appeared on national television

  • with the spontaneous announcement that Osama bin Laden,

  • the purported organizer of the tragic events of September 11th 2001,

  • was killed by military forces in Pakistan.

  • Within moments, a media blitz ran across virtually all

  • television networks, in what could only be described

  • as a grotesque celebratory display,

  • reflective of a level of emotional immaturity

  • that borders on cultural psychosis.

  • Depictions of people running through the streets of New York

  • and Washington, chanting jingoistic American slogans,

  • waving their flags like the members of some cult,

  • praising the death of another human being,

  • reveals yet another layer of this sickness we call modern society.

  • It is not the scope of this response to address the political usage

  • of such an event, or to illuminate the staged orchestration

  • of how public perception was to be controlled by the mainstream media

  • and the United States Government.

  • Rather the point of this article is to express

  • the gross irrationality apparent,

  • and how our culture becomes so easily fixed and emotionally charged

  • with respect to surface symbology rather than true root problems,

  • solutions, or rational considerations of circumstance.

  • The first and most obvious point

  • is that the death of Osama bin Laden means nothing

  • when it comes to the problem of international terrorism.

  • His death simply serves as a catharsis

  • for a culture that has a neurotic fixation on revenge and retribution.

  • The very fact that the government which,

  • from a psychological standpoint, has always served

  • as a paternal figure for its citizens, reinforces the idea

  • that murdering people is a solution to anything

  • should be enough for most of us to take pause and consider

  • the quality of the values coming out of the zeitgeist itself.

  • However, beyond the emotional distortions and tragic,

  • vindictive pattern of rewarding the continuation of human division

  • and violence comes a more practical consideration

  • regarding what the problem really is

  • and the importance of that problem with respect to priority.

  • The death of any human being is of an immeasurable consequence

  • in society. It is never just the death of the individual.

  • It is the death of relationships, companionships, support

  • and the integrity of familial and communal environments.

  • The unnecessary death of 3000 people on September 11th, 2001

  • is no more or no less important than the deaths of those during

  • the World Wars via cancer and disease, accidents or anything else.

  • As a society, it is safe to say that we seek a world

  • that strategically limits all such unnecessary consequences

  • through social approaches that allow for the greatest safety

  • our ingenuity can create.

  • It is in this context

  • that the neurotic obsession with the events of September 11th, 2001

  • become gravely insulting and detrimental to progress.

  • An environment has now been created where

  • outrageous amounts of money, resources and energy is spent

  • seeking and destroying very small subcultures of human beings

  • that pose ideological differences

  • and act on those differences through violence.

  • Yet, in the United States alone, each year,

  • roughly 30,000 people die from automobile accidents,

  • the majority of which could be stopped by very simple structural changes.

  • That’s ten 9/11′s each year,

  • yet no one seems to pine over this epidemic.

  • Likewise, over 1 million Americans die from heart disease

  • and cancer annually, causes of which are now easily linked

  • to environmental influences in the majority.

  • Yet, regardless of the over 330 9/11′s

  • occurring each year in this context,

  • the governmental budget allocations for research

  • on these illnesses is only a small fraction

  • of the money spent onanti-terrorismoperations.

  • Such a list could go on and on with regard to

  • the perversion of priority when it comes to what it means

  • to truly save and protect human life

  • and we hope there are many out there who can recognize

  • the severe imbalance we have at hand with respect to our values.

  • So, coming back to the point of revenge and retribution,

  • this response will conclude with a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King,

  • likely the most brilliant intuitive mind when it came to conflict

  • and the power of non-violence.

  • On September 15th, 1963, a Birmingham Alabama church was bombed,

  • killing four small girls attending Sunday school.

  • In a public address, Dr. King stated:

  • What murdered these four girls?

  • Look around. You will see that many people

  • that you never thought about participated in this evil act.

  • So tonight, all of us must leave here

  • with a new determination to struggle.

  • God has a job for us to do.

  • Maybe our mission is to save the soul of America.

  • We can’t save the soul of this nation throwing bricks.

  • We can’t save the soul of this nation getting our ammunitions

  • and going out shooting physical weapons.

  • We must know that we have something much more powerful.

  • Just take up the ammunition of love.”

  • For more information, visit: www.thezeitgeistmovement.com

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