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Dustin LindenSmith

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and the war marches on

All regular programming on CBC Radio One has been replaced by constant coverage of the US-led invasion of Iraq. I used to keep the radio on all day, but I don't feel like being constantly reminded of this drama by their coverage. CBC probably hypes up the war to a lesser degree than do the other major news sources, but I still don't feel like listening to it all the time.

Having said that, it's hard not to think a lot about Iraq anyway, especially with respect to how much it appears to be affecting so many people not directly involved in the event. Somewhat akin to September 11th, I get a distinct sense that much of the world's attention is focused on events in Iraq this week, and I wonder if such a significant alignment of conscious thought, even on opposing sides of the same issue, might be significant in some way to our evolution.

I don't mean to sound all airy-fairy or anything, I just mean that it's possibly helpful for the evolution of the human psyche to enjoin our thoughts simultaneously in such ways. It might help to create a certain resonation of our psychic energy that will nudge us a bit farther forward in our evolution.

It's not that these events are overly significant in and of themselves, though; it's more just that if our perception of these events is such and that if a lot of us feel that way at the same time, it might bring about certain small changes in the way we think. It might help us to evaluate our impulses a bit more before we act on them; it might help us to develop a deeper sense of compassion towards each other; it might help us to connect with our neighbours a little more easily than we did once before.

What the Bush and Blair administrations are doing in Iraq is a totally separate issue, of course. They're living out their own strange karma, to be sure. But it's helpful if the witnessing of their actions brings about a clearer witnessing of our own. With the increased objectivity that results from witnessing our own thoughts and actions instead of identifying ourselves with them, we more easily walk a middle path that peacefully reflects the interdependent nature of our lives here on Earth.

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sophiaserpentia March 21st, 2003
National Public Radio became intolerable during the war on Afghanistan, because it was as if their coverage of everything else came to a sudden halt. I even started referring to NPR jokingly as "all Afghanistan, all the time." For the week before the war started they talked about nothing but troop buildups in the Gulf - endless enumerated lists of unit types, strength, primary weaponry, blah blah blah. It made me glad I am not an NPR donor.

iamom March 21st, 2003
Yeah, exactly. I think the news nerds (i.e. radio news producters) get all hot and horny when there's that much data to sort through, and they forget that the rest of us actually have lives we're leading that aren't directly linked to the stupid fucking war.

Oops, a bit of bitterness seeped through the filter there... :)

chaizzilla March 21st, 2003
the 90s started out with a strong attention-magnet, and a lot of coalition-building. it looked like they were going to matter.

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