Essays : Contemplating September 11_ 2001

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					Contemplating September 11, 2001
           Wiping Dust from Our Eyes
                          by Alan Harris
   THE RECENT SHOCKING ATTACK on the innocent in New
   York, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania is another
   manifestation of evil among many examples throughout
   history. Evil (alias the dark forces, cruelty, hatred, sepa-
   rateness) will perhaps always be humanity's unwelcome
   gadfly as we evolve, but evil cannot be the ultimate vic-
   tor because its assumptions about physicality and sepa-
   rateness become, in practice, self-limiting.

   The creative human heart is eternal, I suggest, whereas
   evil's destruction is like dust thrown into our eyes. Our
   newest war is not geographical but spiritual, and we can
   help each other by looking within, striving heartward,
   and purifying ourselves of irritation, anger, and hatred,
   all of which are bombs inside our own beings.

   If the unity of humanity can be viewed as an emerging
   fact and not merely an ideal, we have a new opportunity
   to remove some dust from our eyes and see more
   clearly our destiny of joy.

            Copyright © 2001 by Alan Harris. All rights reserved.
              From An Everywhere Oasis at

Description: Essays HE WORLD hardly ever asks for more essays, having plenty of them already. Too bad, world. Here are a few more of those "literary trial balloons." No essay in this collection was written by request, either academic or otherwise. Instead, each came as "required writing" from some inner place that governs how a writer spends his time. Subjects that are perennially significant to many of us (crisis, suicide, peace, fame, love, indecision, and others) are considered in these essays from psychological and spiritual points of view. Whether you are in the process of putting your mind together by means of life's everyday education process, or putting back together a mind broken by some mistakes or an illness, you may find here a few insights that surprise, encourage, or inspire. Most of the selections listed below are basically serious, but humor has been allowed to poke its head into the proceedings at any time. Please enjoy these essays in the spirit in which they were written, if you can determine what that spirit was. Your feedback is welcome at . --Alan Harris Essays (1)Prose Probings - Collected Essays of Alan Harris (2)18 Rules (3) Clouds (4) Coming Home from the Parade (5) Contemplating September 11, 2001 (6) Cottonwood Seeds (7) Crisis: Its Causes and Effects (8) Echoes of Earlville (9) Fiddlers' Campground Impressions (10) Front Yards (11) The Inner Web (12) Intelligence "Out There" (13) Peace (14) Quality: 11 Glimpses (15)Questions for Making a Decision (16)Rediscovering Depth (17) A Reply from the World Bureau of Fame (18) The Scrooge Before Christmas (19) Seeking Truth - A Dialogue (20) Suicide and the Agony of Separateness (21) Thoughtlets for a Quiet Mood (22) Trusting Emotions (23) Ventilating the House of Knowing (24) Where Is Love?