Posted by dj on July 3, 2000, at 1:21:59
In reply to Re: Seeing Forest and Trees: An example. » dj, posted by shar on July 2, 2000, at 23:34:37
I believe in respect as well, and I also believe in karma and that the cause of the public dissing that Albright received was the effect of what goes on in Iraq. Sometimes I think we are too polite to those who could make a real difference if they are speaking up honeslty in their venues of influence...and perhaps today's generation is more willing to take the risk because they see the danger of not doing so...
From a karmic, cause and effect, point of view the young medal winner was speaking from a historic and systemic point of view and was condemning the systemic actions of the U.S. and allies in Iraq and the role Albright played in it... Frankly I would have loved to be in the audience...!!
The speaker, from what I recall, also emphasized that she didn't have a personal beef with Albright because she is but part of a larger system, though she does not respect her for reasons which were skillfully higlighted...
Now, Marianne Williamson or the Dalai Lama might choose a different path or approach. M. W., whose quote (more at http://www.marianne.com and in her books and tapes - some digital samples on-line)I'm glad you enjoyed, is Jewish but bases many of her insights on something called A Course in Miracles - ACIM, which is a modern interpretation of Christian principles from a more compassionate persepctive than some. On her tapes and in her books she empathizes that even Hitler is innocent, at some divine level and until we all get that we are still groping in the dark.
And she's a 60's child as well who focuses on the role of forgiving those we perceive to be our enemies, including Republicans (if you come from the Democratic side of the fence), those whom we've felt slighted by, etc... And she also focuses on being very honest, even when grappling with emotions which are distasteful and challenging to oneself. She's very good at citing personal examples such as when she's been p.o.ed at her Mom or an ex., until she's grappled with what underlies that emotion.
So as far as Ms. Albright being dissed in public, I guess we'll have to agree to respectfully disagree on that one. As M.W. points out in "Healing the Soul of America", well directed anger and acts of rebellion are not necessarily a bad thing in and of themselves. That's how your country started overall, as she addresses in the book. And that's also why people loved R.F.K. so, because his genuine anger, despair and passions were focused on making a difference, even if he had to reluctantly, it seems, take on his own party and history. And he was a deeply honest and compassionate man, who touched many with both qualities and still does.