One World Wisdom
IT'S TIME FOR SOLUTIONS By John Hagelin, Ph.D.
Let us not waste precious time lamenting what should
have been done to prevent this week's barbaric acts. Let us instead
do what must be done NOW to prevent further carnage.
What do we do? It is abundantly clear that conventional strategies of defense provide NO effective defense against terrorism. And despite the cry for a dramatic escalation of our intelligence services, nothing short of a totalitarian police state--entailing a massive invasion of our privacy and individual liberties--could have prevented this week's horrific acts. Even with the government's ultra-high-tech eavesdropping technologies, ECHELON and CARNIVORE, already prying into the lives of American citizens, our intelligence agencies had NO CLUE of the impending, massive attack.
Clearly, we need a new approach--one that targets the
underlying causes of fanatical, violent behavior. Setting aside, for
now, recent U.S. foreign policies that foster international resentment
and invite retaliation, such causes include:
Education must expand comprehension, and it must develop the brain fully. It should incorporate the most profound scientific knowledge, including the discovery of the unified field, which establishes the ultimate unity of life and of humanity. This knowledge can be effectively conveyed even at primary levels of education. Research shows that the assimilation of such knowledge, together with its associated balanced brain development, virtually precludes narrowly self-centered, violent and destructive behavior. Highly successful examples of this "unified-field based" education can be found throughout the world, including at my university in Iowa.
But it may take years to modernize education and "enlighten" the world. In the meantime, we must halt terrorism now. And we can, according to research published in leading scientific journals. We can diffuse acute ethnic and religious tensions that underlie regional conflicts and terrorism, using field-tested approaches that have demonstrated their ability to quell violence and warfare. Novel as it may seem, these approaches include the practice of stress-reducing meditation techniques by strategically located groups--an approach that was scientifically shown to produce an 80% drop in war deaths and war-related injuries during the Lebanon war.
Right now, Major General Kulwant Singh, a highly decorated 35-year career veteran, is in Washington, D.C., urging President Bush to quickly implement a "prevention wing" in the military--10,000-20,000 troops trained in the powerful peace-promoting technology of Transcendental Meditation and related techniques. This approach is being supported by a growing number of military leaders throughout the world.
Unfortunately, rather than look seriously at something new that MIGHT work--something with extensive research behind it-- the Bush Administration is pushing costly, outmoded and invasive strategies that we know DON'T work.
Now is not the time for hollow assurances--nor the hasty abridgement of our hard-won freedoms. Now is the time for a NEW approach--an approach with a demonstrated ability to prevent social violence and stop terrorism.