Spiritually, many of us are already there. There's a map that intersects spiritual reality and material reality. Often the coordinates of the body are not the coordinates of the soul. It seems there is a curious choice to make when we experience dialectical coordinates -- namely: stay divided and dualistic, or, consolidate and converge.
Dialectic (of conversation) is "the Hegelian process of change in which a concept or its realization passes over into and is preserved and fulfilled by its opposite." (Merriam-Webster)
One way gives life. The other resembles death.
Willing to die?
Dozens Killed in Baghdad Bombing
By RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr. and QAIS MIZHER
BAGHDAD, Iraq, Feb. 3 — A bomb concealed in a truck destroyed a packed market in central Baghdad late this afternoon, killing at least 92 people and wounding more than 200 more in one of the worst single acts of violence to hit the capital since the United States invasion almost four years ago.
The bomb leveled at least 10 buildings and coffee shops and obliterated market stalls in a largely Shiite enclave less than a half mile from the Tigris River. The blast hit at about 5 p.m., just as people were finishing their dinner shopping. Many of the dead were inside the razed buildings, witnesses said.
Police said they believed the attack was the work of a suicide bomber.
Imagine if 500,000 ordinary civilians went to Iraq and were willing to simply walk the streets, sip coffee, offer to assist those suffering, and take the blasts when they occur.
Philosopher and semanticist Alford Korzybski said, "A map is not the territory it represents but if correct, it has a similar structure to the territory, which accounts for its usefulness."
So many lead useful lives. And many find their lives useless.
Hearing and reading about Iraq might have some use, but is decidedly not the war and strife in Iraq. Perhaps if half a million or a million Americans traveled to Iraq to join in the reality -- not as mercenaries or combatants, but as brother and sister human beings -- a territory of un-terror might be put on the map. The dichotomy of matter and spirit needs to be repaired. Word, as another instance of inspiration in our world, might impregnate peace to instantiate and transubstantiate flesh.
Alas, our plight!
Willing to live?